East India Dock Basin

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Thames Path (NE Extension), London, United Kingdom
East India Dock Basin - EAST INDIA DOCK BASIN bird tracks in the mud at low tide
East India Dock Basin - EAST INDIA DOCK BASIN General view
East India Dock Basin - EAST INDIA DOCK BASIN View of last remains of the dock buildings
East India Dock Basin - EAST INDIA DOCK BASIN Information notice
East India Dock Basin - EAST INDIA DOCK BASIN Outer lock gates, closest to the River Thamec

East India Dock Basin London Reviews

AdamR3723 AdamR3723
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Once for boats, now for birds Mar 09, 2017
I have already reviewed the sculptural gates (see: http://www.travbuddy.com/Salome-Gates-v831725 ), the Salome Gates, that can be found at the entrance to this historic area.

The East India Docks were built between 1803 and 1806 to allow docking of the large East Indiamen vessels, the largest ships in Britains merchant navy at the end of the 18th century.

The East India Dock Basin was connected to the River Thames by a series of lock gates, which have recently been carefully restored.

The Basin was connected to two docks, The Export Dock and the larger Import Dock by canals.

During WW2, the Import Dock was drained for the construction of Mulberry floating harbours (used to disembark men and materials during the invasion of Normandy in 1944). During that war, the Export Dock was badly damaged by bombs.

Despite the damage inflicted during the war years, the East India Docks (Basin and Export Dock) continued to be used untilthe late 1960s.

Now, all that remains is the Basin and a short strech of the wall of an original building on the west side of the basin. This may be closely approached by walking along Newport Avenue in the housing estate west of the Basin.

Today, the Basin, which has been tidied up with footpaths and lawns, has become a wildlife sanctuary. When I visited it, I saw some waterfowl, but, apparently, there is a great range of flora and fauna that can be observed by someone who knows what they are looking at!
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