Wapping reflections


Shadwell Basin,  London,  March 2018

Shadwell Basin is one of the largest remaining sections of the London Docks.  It is now popular for for recreation, including sailing, canoeing and fishing.

This makes a strident move from its hectic life in the nineteenth century when this section of the Docks specialised in high-value luxury commodities such as ivory, spices, coffee, cocoa, wine and wool.  The surrounding warehouses and wine cellars of those days have now been replaced by housing on three sides, but the scale and contours of the old quayside have been echoed by the current design of solid walls alternating with open arched areas and colonnades.




Copyright Debbie Smyth, 30 March 2018

Posted as part of Weekend Reflection

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