Author Archives: Mick Lemmerman

A Drive Through West India Docks in the 1960s

Archive film company Kinolibrary posted a great little film on YouTube. Titled “POV Through 1960s London Docks. 35mm Docklands”, it shows just over two minutes of a drive through West India Docks seen from the driver’s point of view. The … 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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You say Coldharbour, I say Cold Harbour

We better get this out of the way immediately; I am sure some of you may be asking yourself, “Is Cold Harbour actually a part of the Isle of Dogs?” It’s a valid question – the area has always been … Continue reading

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Nellie Frances Cressall

Poplar was once blessed with outstanding local government politicians – politicians who demonstrably improved the lot of the residents of what is now E14, and who were even prepared to go to prison in support of their beliefs (see Poplarism aka … 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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Where we learned to rite proper

Most children in the early 1800s, if they were schooled at all, attended classes in church halls or in the homes of teachers who charged for the privilege, as demonstrated by Miss Emily Bradshaw, who set up a school in … Continue reading

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