Tidemarks from the Pool

The Tour

There was a time when the area east of the Tower of London was alive with maritime trade. Goods arrived from all over the globe to fill our shops and fuel our industry.

The river was alive with shipping. Dockers and lightermen toiled to empty the holds of cargo ships. Sailors were paid off and came ashore looking for fun after months of hardship.

St Katharine's Docks 1828 - Tidemarks from the Pool

St Katharine’s Docks 1828

1882 Thames Docks (detail) - Tidemarks from the Pool

St Katharine’s and London Docks 1882

But then, the docks and the quays fell silent. Soon development threatened to scour away the traces of London’s maritime glory.

Thankfully, if you know where to look, there are still remains of this time, tidemarks left behind among the reshaped East End.

This is a story which tells of mighty feats of planning and engineering, but also of a once-thriving community.

Come hear about the growth of the docks, of Old London’s Scandinavian quarter, and the salty tang of life spent on London’s tidal artery.


Details – Tidemarks from the Pool

Please go to the SCHEDULE to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.

MEET: In front of the Minories exit of Tower Gateway DLR Station (bottom of the escalator).
Duration: Two hours (approximately).

If you have any questions about this walk, contact me

Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons

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