"St. Katharine Docks" St. Katharine Docks Tip by Tom_Fields

St. Katharine Docks, Greater London: 1 reviews and 2 photos

  St Katharine Docks
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  • St Katharine Docks - Greater London
      St Katharine Docks
    by Tom_Fields
  • St Katharine Locks - Greater London
      St Katharine Locks
    by Tom_Fields

Ever since Roman times, this area has been a center of trade on the River Thames. In the 10th century, King Edgar gave 13 acres on this site to knights, to conduct trade of their own. During the 18th century, the Thames became a key artery of world trade, and St Katharine Docks were perfectly situated for this. The Industrial Revolution saw the heyday of this busy riverport. New docks and huge warehouses were constructed.

However, the seagoing vessels of the 20th century were obviously too large for the docks to accomodate. The old locks were much too small (see the second photo). They went into decline.

Today, these old docks are a thriving commercial center. They are full of shops, restaurants, and other small businesses. It's a very pleasant place to visit after touring the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and other sights nearby. And the docks can still handle pleasure craft.

Address: London E1W 1LA
Directions: On the north bank of the Thames, just east of the Tower of London.
othercontact: Fax: 44 (0)20 7702 2252
Phone: 44 (0)20 7264 5312
Website: http://www.skdocks.co.uk/

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  • Written Nov 11, 2005
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