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Hesperus Crescent

In 1862, the area east of Harbinger Road (British Street until 1929) was occupied by John Scott-Russell’s Engineering Works, which had been much expanded to handle the construction of the Great Eastern (launched in 1858). A contemporary drawing of the … Continue reading

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Millwall Lead Works (aka ‘The Lead’)

These pleasant-looking flats in Westferry Road, close to the fire station, are built on the site of large lead works whose origins can be traced back to the 1840s. The word, ‘lead’ was not used in the naming of the … Continue reading

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The Writing on the Wall

The earliest piece of graffiti that I can remember on the Island (well, almost the Island) was opposite Emmett Street, at the start of ‘the Walls’ in the 1960s. It read: “FREE THE TROTSKYISTS IN PRISON IN MEXICO“. It was … Continue reading

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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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