Author Archives: Mick Lemmerman

Samuel Cutler & Sons

Most of the very many Isle of Dogs engineering firms from the past were unknown to me until I started learning about Island history a few years ago. A few firms, however, were familiar as they were still in business … Continue reading

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A Few Colourised Old Photos of the Isle of Dogs

There are a number of websites that auto-colourise black and white photos that you upload. The results can be a bit hit and miss, but are frequently interesting, with the colours giving the photos a different energy. I experimented with … Continue reading

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Maconochies in Millwall

James Maconochie (1850-1895) and Archibald Maconochie (1854-1926) were two of eight siblings born in England to Edinburgh-born Archibald Maconochie Sr. and Elizabeth Richardson from Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire. The brothers’ first business was a fish-curing factory in Lowestoft, started in 1873. … Continue reading

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The West India Dock Road – A Short History

Commercial Road (article here) was built to connect the City of London with the newly-built West and East India Docks at the start of the 19th century. At a junction just east of St. Anne’s Church, the new road was … Continue reading

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Millwall Iron Works

In the 1860s, the population of the Isle of Dogs was less than 9000 (which is approximately the number of people who work in 1 Canada Square in normal, non-Corona times). Some men were employed at the West India Docks, … Continue reading

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Peepshow of the Port of London – A.G. Linney

In the 1920s, Albert Gravely Linney (1873-1936) was the first editor of The P.L.A. Monthly, the magazine of the Port of London Authority. A keen and talented photographer, Linney took thousands of photos of the river, docks, wharves and bridges … Continue reading

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Commercial Road

Commercial Road is a busy, polluted – and in places ugly – traffic artery which is very significant to me and my family history.  From the mid-1800s, when my ancestor Cord Lemmermann arrived from Germany, and until the late 1900s, … Continue reading

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Seacon

In 1946, the former Bullivant’s Wharf at 38 Westferry Road (scene of the Island’s worst bombing tragedy during World War II) was taken over by wharfingers Freight Express Ltd. who renamed it Express Wharf. Survey of London: In 1973 Freight … Continue reading

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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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