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Hawkins & Tipson’s Rope Works

Most Islanders will remember the rope shed which separated one side of Millwall Park from the Mudchute. The shed housed a rope walk, where long strands of material were laid before being twisted into rope. Wikipedia: Natural fibres are short … Continue reading

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Bill Voisey, the Millwall Footballer from Cubitt Town

The 1911 Census includes details of the Voisey family who lived at 280 Manchester Road. The family consisted of: Robert Sr (aged 49). Profession: Hammerman, Ship Building Works Alice Sr (aged 46) Alice Junior (aged 21). Profession: Cook, Jam Factory … Continue reading

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The Isle of Dogs – Kew Gardens Connection

The more I learn about the history of the Isle of Dogs, the more I appreciate just how many innovations in the industries of ironworking and shipbuilding took place there, and also how many products and structures manufactured by Island … Continue reading

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Cumberland Oil Mills

One of the oldest photos of the Isle of Dogs (actually, the background of a photo of Greenwich) was taken in about 1860, before much of the housing in Cubitt Town had been constructed. Christ Church and Watermans Arms had … Continue reading

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Docklands Light Railway Accident

Once upon a time, the southern terminus of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) was at Island Gardens Station, which at the time was actually next to Island Gardens. In the evening of 10th March 1987, during a test run, a … Continue reading

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The Isle of Dogs in the Seventies (Sound On :) )

The 1970s were difficult years for the Isle of Dogs; a decade that saw the winding down and eventual closure of the docks and many manufacturing firms, coupled with rising unemployment, poverty and – on a national and international level … Continue reading

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Round Glengall

If we visited or referred to specifically named buildings or constructions, we talked about them as if they were on a higher elevation, or were further north: I’ll see you up the Waterman’s. He lives up Galleon. The disco up … Continue reading

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