Hard work: The West India Docks of east London are pictured circa 1935, with bananas being loaded onto rail trucks on the North Quay of the Export Dock

Remarkable photographs of Canary Wharf show how busy financial centre was once a thriving port taking in sugar, rum and elephants

Hard work: The West India Docks of east London are pictured circa 1935, with bananas being loaded onto rail trucks on the North Quay of the Export Dock

East India and West India Docks: Sailing Ships, by Thomas Robert Wayvandaprints.com

East India and West India Docks: Sailing Ships, by Thomas Robert Wayvandaprints.com

Somewhere on the Bow Back Waters around 1900. It was originally called Stratford Marsh... By the eighteenth century industrialisation was taking place and many wharfs were created to accommodate the import of timber, chalk, stone, coal, and wheat. By 1821, the earliest proper dock named Stratford Dock, later called Meggs Dock was created just up from Bow Bridge but after 1920, the whole site had been filled in and was occupied by factories and workshops that didn’t depend on water access.

Somewhere on the Bow Back Waters around 1900. It was originally called Stratford Marsh... By the eighteenth century industrialisation was taking place and many wharfs were created to accommodate the import of timber, chalk, stone, coal, and wheat. By 1821, the earliest proper dock named Stratford Dock, later called Meggs Dock was created just up from Bow Bridge but after 1920, the whole site had been filled in and was occupied by factories and workshops that didn’t depend on water access.

Remarkable photographs of Canary Wharf show how busy financial centre was once a thriving port taking in sugar, rum and elephants

Remarkable photographs of Canary Wharf show how busy financial centre was once a thriving port taking in sugar, rum and elephants

Bustling area: The West India Docks of East London in with North Quay viewed from the warehouse, which is now the site of Hertsmere Road

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