Categories: London, News, Port of London AuthorityPublished On: 06.05.2020278 words1.5 min read



The Docklands ablaze during the Blitz on 7th September 1940. The rising palls of smoke mark out the London Docks beyond the Tower of London, the Surrey Docks to the right of the bridge and the West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs in the distance.
This image can be found on page 36 of the book London’s Changing Riverscape.

Incredible and rare images of London’s docks during the second world war have been released online in honour of VE Day.

The images — shared by the Museum of London Docklands from their Docklands At War gallery, and which include some exclusive content that isn’t often on display to visitors — show the devastation of the Blitz, but also the dedication and resilience of the local residents and workers involved in the war effort.

WWII Bomb damage to London Dock. Milk Yard Boundary Wall. South side of Shadwell Old Basin, looking east.
Date of air raid 8-9/12/1940
Date: 19/12/1940

During the second world war, east London’s docks and riverside factories had a significant strategic role, responsible for supplying vital goods and services to the rest of the country — as well as being a launching point for a number of key undertakings in preparation for battle. For example, thousands of British workers at East India Dock were involved in the construction of sections of two enormous prefabricated ports, each roughly the size of Gibraltar, to be towed across the channel, and set down off the coast of Normandy.

This strategic importance of the docks also made them a target for air raid strikes, with more than 25,000 bombs falling on Docklands during the war. . . .

. . . . read the full article on The Londonist website