Greenwich and Docklands

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Photographs of Greenwich on the South side of The Thames and Docklands opposite on The North side where the river curves round.

Greenwich was originally a fishing village and then home to a Tudor Royal Palace. Christopher Wren built the remarkable Royal Navel College which was originally a Naval Hospital, now home to Greenwich University, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and various visitor attractions.

When Henry the 8th lived in The Tudor Royal Palace he kept his hunting dogs on "The Isle of Dogs" opposite hence it's name which is still used today. The Victorians built the Docklands so they could unload shipping cargo's securely. On The Thames so much of there cargo would be stolen. However as ships became larger the Docks became less viable and were forced to move further down The Thames to Tilbury in Essex. The Royal Victoria Docks were built for the introduction of steam ships and are much larger than those on The Isle of Dogs.

Having once been the busiest shipping port in the world by the 1960's the docks were virtually unused. Although there was some industry many became derelict. The first phase of redevelopment started in the 1980's with the original Canary Wharf development. Canary Wharf took it's name from a warehouse where fruit from the Canary Islands was imported. The second phase of development was completed in the 00's and largely consisted of fairly standard office blocks. The third phase of development which is now underway is more residential and will feature buildings which are much more unique. South Quay Plaza currently under construction in The South Dock will rise to 67 floors, 17 more than 1 Canada Square, currently the tallest building and only five short of The Shard. When completed the area around The South Dock and Millwall Dock and Harbour will be the most densely populated area outside of Asia.

In this album you will see cityscapes and events taking place in Greenwich and Docklands.
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