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Have you ever spotted a saint’s washing line?
Have you ever spotted a saint’s washing line?

Have you ever spotted a saint’s washing line?

A block of 1930s council flats on the Isle of Dogs have a couple of tall posts with a decorative finial -- but what are they?

Oct
10
2019
London Public Art: Woman with Fish by Frank Dobson
London Public Art: Woman with Fish by Frank Dobson

London Public Art: Woman with Fish by Frank Dobson

This sculpture at the bottom of the Isle of Dogs is a modern replica of a work of public art that used to sit outside the Cleveland Estate of council housing in Whitechapel.

May
03
2018
A memorial garden on the Isle of Dogs
A memorial garden on the Isle of Dogs

A memorial garden on the Isle of Dogs

A small garden laid out in two circles can be found near Canary Wharf that was created in memory of those who have worked on the Isle of Dogs.

Jul
01
2017
Unbuilt London: The Isle of Dogs Airport
Unbuilt London: The Isle of Dogs Airport

Unbuilt London: The Isle of Dogs Airport

In the post-war period when London had a surplus of rubble and empty spaces, an airport was planned in the docklands area with SIX runways.

Aug
09
2015
20th Anniversary of the BNP victory in Docklands
20th Anniversary of the BNP victory in Docklands

20th Anniversary of the BNP victory in Docklands

Twenty-years ago, people were waking up to news of a momentous event in British politics. The previous day, a small by-election had taken place on the Isle of Dogs, and for the very first time ever, a member of the British Nationalist Party had won an election.

Sep
17
2013
Next to the Blackwall Tunnel – the East India Docks Commemoration Plaque
Next to the Blackwall Tunnel – the East India Docks Commemoration Plaque

Next to the Blackwall Tunnel – the East India Docks Commemoration Plaque

If you were to stand near to the monstrous road network that is the northern end of the Blackwall tunnels, you might come across a gigantic stone plaque on a wall.

Jun
19
2013
The docklands church built from bits of Old London Bridge
The docklands church built from bits of Old London Bridge

The docklands church built from bits of Old London Bridge

Around 160 years ago, a gleaming white Christian edifice was erected at the southernmost end of the Isle of Dogs that is rumoured to include remains of the old London Bridge in its structure.

Mar
06
2013
A restored WW2 anti-aircraft gun by Canary Wharf
A restored WW2 anti-aircraft gun by Canary Wharf

A restored WW2 anti-aircraft gun by Canary Wharf

Amongst the fluffy bunnies and clucking chickens that can be found at the Mudchute city farm sits a now silent visitor - a World War Two era anti-aircraft gun.

Mar
05
2013
Tall Towers Appear in Docklands and Greenwich
Tall Towers Appear in Docklands and Greenwich

Tall Towers Appear in Docklands and Greenwich

Regular users of Millwall Park at the bottom end of the Isle of Dogs may have been surprised to see a tall lattice tower suddenly arrive over the past few days and spring upwards.

Jul
09
2012
New lifts at Greenwich foot tunnel – impress and depress at once
New lifts at Greenwich foot tunnel – impress and depress at once

New lifts at Greenwich foot tunnel – impress and depress at once

For the past year or so, the foot tunnel that runs under the Thames between the Isle of Dog and Greenwich has had the lifts out of action, and the staircase covered up in so much cladding that it is

Apr
17
2012
Boris Bike stand maps ignoring the River Thames
Boris Bike stand maps ignoring the River Thames

Boris Bike stand maps ignoring the River Thames

The Boris Bikes are coming to the Isle of Dogs and in doing so, showing up the fallacy of using walking/cycling distance indicators that ignore the Thames.

Jan
29
2012

The Isle of Dogs Declares Independence from the UK

Following on from the rather dubious Mayoral election yesterday in Tower Hamlets, some people living on the Isle of Dogs (well, probably just me) might be wondering if we can be cut free from the rest of the Borough and

Oct
22
2010

River fortifications in Elizabeathan times

A few months ago, when collecting leaflets in the (now closed) tourist board centre in Greenwich, I purchased a book of Docklands history, published by The Island History Trust – mainly as it had two maps which really caught my

Nov
04
2008

The City Pride – redevelopment

A local pub near where I live is about to vanish under the weight of a 200-metre tall tower if planning permission is granted,

Jul
04
2008