On this day: St Katharine Docks opened in London in 1828

St Katharine Docks opened in London in 1828

1828

In the 1820s, some 11300 low class Londoners lost their homes as they were cleared out to make way for the development of St Katharine Docks. The docks opened on the 25th of October, 1828.

Plan drawn up for the St. Katharine Dock Company showing the street and buildings which would need to be demolished to make way for the new dock. circa 1825

Circa 1825 plan showing what needed to be demolished to make way for the docks.

Badly damaged by German bombing in World War Two, the area is now home to offices and private residences.

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2 thoughts on “On this day: St Katharine Docks opened in London in 1828

  1. It was always the poor that lost out when “metropolitan improvements” reared their head. The Georgians and Victorians would usually sweep away the worst and most notorious slums – a kind of ‘two birds, one stone’ approach – but without any thought as to what to do with the people made homeless!

    • Sonya Heaney says:

      Something they’re still doing in some countries! Who cares what happens to the poor as long as they’re making money and everything looks pretty…

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