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A History of South Cubitt Town

I started this article with the idea of making a short, potted history of a small area on the Isle of Dogs – the area in which I grew up, so it has a special significance to me – but … Continue reading

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A Lifetime Behind Bars – Guest Article by Tony Alltoft

My thanks to Tony Alltoft for kindly allowing me to post a chapter from his book, A Lifetime Behind Bars, here. Tony spent a few of his younger years living above the Waterman’s Arms, a pub that his parents were … Continue reading

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Island Pubs – Then & Now

This post is low on text and high on images: Then & Now photos of Island pubs. Nearly, but not quite, all old pubs are included – there are no photos of some old pubs (to my knowledge), and a … Continue reading

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The Oldest Photos of the Isle of Dogs (a Selection)

The earliest recorded camera photographs were taken in the 1830s, with the first generally-accepted photograph to include people taken in 1838 (“Boulevard du Temple”, a daguerreotype made by Louis Daguerre in Paris). In the next couple of decades the technology … Continue reading

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The Island at Sea

It is well known that many Island streets and buildings are (or were) named after ships or barques or other types of sea-going vessel, or have a nautical theme. It is surprising just how many: Akbar House, Alastor House, Arethusa … Continue reading

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Island Pubs and Beer Houses

Update, September 2017: A lot more photos and updated information (including the odd newspaper article) have emerged since this article was originally posted in 2014. The article has been updated to include these. I’ve also tried to arrange the photos … Continue reading

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The Poplar Gut

I must admit to a childish, inner smirk whenever I see mention of the Poplar Gut, inspiring – as it does – images of beer bellies in the Watermans on the Island.  Or is it just me who thinks that? In … Continue reading

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The Ferry House

To Reg, Liza and Emma Not only is it the oldest pub on the Island, the Ferry House is exceptional because it is still standing and it is still a pub. Granted, it is closed and for sale, but it’s still hanging … Continue reading

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(Almost) 1000 Years of the Isle of Dogs

[Download version of this article] 1170 First recorded evidence of a settlement on the Isle of Dogs when William of Pontefract builds a chapel on his estate, later known as the manor of Pomfret (otherwise Pountfret, or variants). It is … Continue reading

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A few months ago I had an idea for a blog article……an A to Z of all the old Island places that have disappeared or are disappearing: schools, streets, firms, churches, buildings, etc. That turned out to be a lot … Continue reading

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