1896 2005

It is always interesting comparing maps of an area from two different time periods to see what has changed, but even more so in this case. The Docklands is a very strange part of London, once a buzzing transfer area of goods from ships to warehouses and canals for distribution, it is now an area inhabited mainly by city workers, most of which retreat to the country at the weekend. Comparing the two maps of 1896 and 2005 (above) not only reveals the obvious changes of use in the docks from industry to recreation, but also that there was a large brewery, Barley Mow. There appear to be small terraced houses covering a large amount of the surrounding area which would have been to accommodate the workers. This has all be replaced on the later map with high density apartments, presumably  for the new city clientele.