Over the years since I moved into the docklands area, I have listened to people denigrating the area. Too often I am told the area lacks a “soul”, that it is full of glass and steel towers with no character and that there is no heritage or “nooks and crannies” to explore.
I often dispute this, as while there are indeed steel and glass towers, there are also a wide range of smaller buildings, Victorian heritage and some of the early office blocks have a lot of nice detailing to them.
I am told that the area is empty at weekends, which it might look like if you travel through on the DLR – and don’t stop off to visit the two massive shopping centers in the heart of Canary Wharf, or the bars along the docksides – or the museum.
However, my main gripe with the armchair experts who decry living in docklands is the oft-cited claim that it lacks any character.
I can easily lose an hour wandering around the area with its “country-lanes” and fields, and I will always be grateful to the local residents who in the mid 1970s blocked a plan by the GLA to build a load of tower blocks on the land.
I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story:
More photos over at Flickr.
How can anyone tell me Docklands is just bland glass and steel towers after seeing these?