I was in the Surrey Quays shopping centre yesterday while visiting an estate agent, and just outside the toilets is a sign which shows some of the history of the area.

It sometimes surprises people that the “docklands area” isn’t just the bit on the North side of the river and mainly in the Isle of Dogs, but was actually a vast area running on both sides of the river from Tower Bridge down towards the modern Thames Barrier. Prior to the 1980s, the trend had been generally to fill in the docks and build over them, so a lot has been lost under housing and offices. It was fortunate that the Isle of Dogs did not suffer the same fate.

It was quite a nice image, so I took the below image, and you can click to see a much larger version on my flickr account.

surrey quays signage

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