Welcome to my blog

This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Thursday, 21 November 2013

Docklands then and now

From the top of the hill in Greenwich Park you can see across the river to the Isle of Dogs and the high rise offices of Canary Wharf



From Greenwich you can walk through the foot tunnel under the Thames and emerge amongst the many wharfs and now disused docklands.



I walked through an urban farm with llamas grazing beneath the towering office blocks.





The Docks opened in 1802 with ships arriving from all over the world bringing with them all kinds of exotic foods as well as everyday foodstuffs and goods. But in 1980 the docks closed as the large container ships were offloading at the sea ports. These photos were taken in the early 1900s.









With the regeneration of this area in the last 20 years, the warehouses have been converted into exclusive and expensive apartments and the financial institutions have opened new offices here creating a totally different workplace.



 









 





 




It even has its own transport system, the driverless Docklands Light Railway.

23 comments:

  1. I wish I had walked through the tunnel under the Thames when I went to the Museum of the Docklands but I forgot to do it. The Tube station at Canary Wharf and all they have done to beautify the waterfront is really nice.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Never been there though it is a place I would like to visit. Most of the buildings look to be new. They have been doing a similar thing up in Dundee

    ReplyDelete
  3. Interesting post, that urban farm with lama's looks weird with the high buildings behind.

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a fantastic area you're covering..Beautiful pictures too!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Blue skies, fabulous architecture, green grass, clear waters, wildlife (almost) all equals a very nice series of photos. Wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  6. As you probably know, Melbourne has its own Docklands precinct. On one hand I can count the number of historic buildings left. I hope they have done a better job at your Docklands.

    ReplyDelete
  7. There is quite a contrast between the Llamas and that skyline!!! A great series of pictures indeed!! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. love the llamas! and the beautiful reflections, too!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love seeing how places are reused and regenerated.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Geat views ! Did you take the same train than Carola ? ^^

    ReplyDelete
  11. Interesting how it came to life again !

    ReplyDelete
  12. Very nice! In was once in London, unfortunately I did not see everything.

    ReplyDelete
  13. A lovely post for Weekend Reflections!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wonderful photography ~ love the cows and the modern buildings behind them ~ all are great! ~ thanks, carol, xxx

    ReplyDelete
  15. In his visits to London, «Louis» has missed the Docklands, so he appreciates your providing us with this fine visual tour!

    Re the bank of fog in «Louis'» "Weekend Reflections" post, he got that shot only a few hundred yards from this lighthouse.

    «Louis» invites you to link your Docklands post because of the bridge in one of the shots to his "Sunday Bridges" meme which will open at 22h00m central Europe time Saturday night.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I didn't know the DLR was driverless - do they have conductors on board checking tickets?

    ReplyDelete
  17. How this area has changed .... I should imagine property at the Docklands would be worth a mint now-days.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I was in Greenwich Park by boat and saw only that what is on the first picture from the hill. Interesting post and also plce for visiting. Maybe next time.
    Beautiful collection of pictures with a watter reflection - my favourite. Well done

    ReplyDelete
  19. A day after the fact, «Louis» thanks you very much for linking this fine post to his Sunday Bridges meme.

    The building in the seventh from last photo reminds «Louis» of the building housing the French Ministry of Finance on the southeast side of Paris. That building has an open space as does the one you show, in the case of the French building, the open space is over a freeway. «Louis» always imagined a giant vacuum coming down as his car passed that on the freeway, the Ministry of Finance vacuuming his wallet clean as he drove past... :-)

    ReplyDelete
  20. We went there a couple of times and were amazed learning about the history and seeing all the changes. The train was fun.

    ReplyDelete

Thank-you for reading my blog. I would love to read your comments.