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Using the boundary of the Ocean Estate, which is home to 90% of the proposed mosque’s patrons, this study shows the age of the buildings around Shandy Park. Using Historical Maps for raw data, the darker the building, the older it is. This is particularly interesting when looking at the site’s immediate context, where only the Arbour Centre and the building to the east of the park; now used as a learning support, are older than sixty odd years.

Shandy Park and surrounding area have changed dramatically over the space of a hundred years. Much like the docklands in ‘What a difference 109 years makes…‘, the east end of London has gone through cycles of change creating a rich mixture of old and new. Instead of an area evolving due to change in use, more central parts of London were ravaged by World War II and thus left a blank canvas from which to erect a new cityscape.

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.