The West India Docks and East India Docks sound like a matching pair, but they couldn’t be more different. This is a story of maritime trade, going to Blackwall and Beyond as England extended its trading reach throughout the world.
When the West India Docks opened in 1802, London entered a new phase of maritime trade.
They were the largest public development the world had seen.
And into the docks flowed sugar, rum and molasses – the products of slave labour.
When the East India Docks opened in 1806, Blackwall was a maritime hamlet which had served shipping for centuries. Long before this, ships had set out to find the Northwest Passage – and to found England’s first overseas colony: Jamestown, Virginia.
And from 1617 it was a home for the Honourable East India Company.
This tour sees the East India Company as importer of luxuries and provider of pastoral care to its employees. It considers the dominance over its neighbours conferred on Poplar by its maritime status.
Most of all, it celebrates the new dimension brought to London by the establishment of its docks.
For a taster follow the link HERE for an item about the East India Company in Poplar.
If you like this …
The Changeling Canary Wharf explores the development of the West India Docks – details HERE
You can find my other East End Charnowalks HERE
Details – To Blackwall and Beyond
Please go to the SCHEDULE to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details
REMEMBER that these details are NOT for the virtual version of this tour!
MEET: In front of the Museum of London Docklands, Hertsmere Road E14 4AL (nearest station West India Quay and Canary Wharf DLR Stations)
Duration: Two hours (approximately)
Finish: near East India DLR Station
If you have any questions about this walk, please contact me
Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons