An Impressive Skyscraper In The Docklands Area Of London Pictured On An Acrylic Fridge Magnet
The modern architecture of a skyscraper in London's Docklands area is pictured on this attractive acrylic fridge magnet from the catalogues of World Wide Gifts. The London Docklands development grew following the closure of the old London docks which were part of the Port of London. The development began in earnest in the 1980s and was helped by special corporate tax incentives. Today, following the improvement of transport links, the area is a thriving commercial environment as well as being a sought after place to live. The majority of the old dock warehouses have been demolished, although some have been converted into apartments; the docks themselves are now mostly used as marinas.
The History Of London's Docklands Area
The establishment of the Howland Great Dock in 1696 provided the first official protected dock area in an environment where ships had moored since Roman and Medieval times. The commercial success of this construction led to the further development of the London docks throughout the Georgian and Victorian eras, including the opening of the West India dock in 1802, the East India Dock in 1805, and the Royal Victoria Dock in 1855. The docks bustled with a workforce including lightermen who carried goods from the ships to the quayside on barges which were called lighters. Once on the quayside the goods were handled by more dock workers. Some of the workers were full time and skilled but most were casual workers who were employed on a day to day basis. The decline and eventual closure of all of the London docks led to the redevelopment of the area into a modern business and residential district as represented by the picture of a skyscraper on our acrylic fridge magnet.