Author Archives: Mick Lemmerman

Jack Summers at the end of the Walls

A familiar sight at the end of the Walls (or their start, depending on the direction you were travelling) was the firm, Jack Summers, on the corner of West Ferry Road and Emmett Street. Recently, Harold Summers, whose father owned … Continue reading

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The View From Above in 1965

Recently, friend and fellow Island historian, Con Maloney, pointed out to me a photo for sale on eBay, which I promptly purchased. It shows the Millwall Docks and much of the surrounding area in approximately 1965. Scarily, this photo was … Continue reading

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A Little Lost Corner of Millwall

The construction of Alpha Road started in the 1850s in the north of Millwall – forming a corner with the east end of Cuba Street and following a short section of the ancient winding path from Poplar High Street to … Continue reading

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The Schooner Estate

In 1861, the Metropolitan Board of Works gave permission to W. Cubitt & Co. to construct three roads off Manchester Road: Barque Street, Ship Street and Brig Street (spot the nautical theme). This section of Manchester Road was occupied by … Continue reading

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A Small Corner of the West India Docks

A couple of years ago, having arranged to meet up with mates for a lunchtime drink in the George in Glengall Grove, I decided to walk to the pub through the docks from Limehouse and take some photos of the … Continue reading

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A Short History of Mellish Street

[Many thanks to former Mellish Street resident, Con Maloney for his contribution of some of the text and photos in this article.] There are very few streets left on the Island where 19th century houses are still standing. One of … Continue reading

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The Isle of Dogs in the Sixties

The Isle of Dogs was a relatively sedate and stable place during the half century from the start of 1880s to the end of the 1930s. In large part due to its physical isolation – enclosed by the docks and … Continue reading

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Almost the Bottom of Millwall

Westferry Road at its corner with Chapel House Street is an area characterised by low-rise, modern homes. Until the 1980s, few people lived along this section of Westferry Road. When I walked home from Harbinger Primary School along the dirty … Continue reading

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D-Day Preparations in the West India Docks

An Allied invasion of mainland Europe during WWII would have failed very quickly if the Allies did not have access to a working, deep-water port for the landing of vehicles, troops and supplies; and the planners knew that existing ports … Continue reading

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Yarrow & Co. – Shipbuilders of Cubitt Town

Yarrow’s was a major shipbuilding company – specialising in military vessels – which in the 1980s was taken over by GEC Marconi Marine and which is now part of BAE Systems. The company was founded by Alfred Fernandez Yarrow who … Continue reading

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