Thirty years ago, the run down streets that were home to the former docks of London started to see a very distinctive blue street sign popping up.
Tired old signs proclaiming local council control were swept away and replaced by street signs for the London Docklands Development Corporation.
The LDDC was given control over a large swathe of land running along both sides of the river from Tower Bridge eastwards.
The street signs were in part a branding exercise, but also an important tool in persuading potential investors that the latest attempt to regenerate the area was serious.
Now, thirty years on, most of the road signs have been removed. Worn out and replaced, torn down when new blocks of flats were built on derelict sites, replaced by councils keep to reassert their brandname over former LDDC territory.
Here are a few of the remainers.
I quite like this example in Rotherhithe as it’s one of the very early variants that were only used in a few places. The reference to JLE 107 is the Jubilee line extension contract that covered the length between Canada Water and Canary Wharf.
So 18 years after the last construction lorry left, there’s still a sign here telling them where to go.