Blackwall railway station

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Not to be confused with Blackwell railway station.
For the current Docklands Light Railway station of the same name, see Blackwall DLR station.
Blackwall
Blackwall terminus (Mirror, 1841).jpg
Newspaper image from an article on the opening of the railway
Location East India Docks
Owner London and Blackwall Railway
Key dates
6 July 1840 (1840-07-06) Opened
4 May 1926 (1926-05-04) Closed
Other information
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Blackwall was a railway station in Blackwall, London, that served as the eastern terminus of the Commercial Railway (later the London and Blackwall Railway). It was located on the south side of the East India Docks, near the shore of the River Thames, 3 miles 43 chains (5.7 km) down-line from the western terminus at Fenchurch Street.

The station was designed by architect William Tite in an ornate Italinaite style.[1] It opened on 6 July 1840 with services connecting with a ferry service to Gravesend, Kent. In March 1926 the London and North Eastern Railway and Port of London Authority announced passenger services would be withdrawn on 30 June 1926. However, with the start of the national general strike services were suspended early on 3 May 1926, and never resumed.[2]

John Betjeman (1906-1984) in his book First and Last Loves, wrote of a journey on the L&BR "Those frequent and quite empty trains of the Blackwall Railway ran from a special platform at Fenchurch Street. I remember them. Like stagecoaches they rumbled past East End chimney pots, wharves and shipping stopping at empty black stations till they came to a final halt at Blackwall station...When one emerged there, there was nothing to see beyond it but a cobbled quay and a vast stretch of wind whipped water..."[3]

The station was demolished in 1946 to make way for Blackwall power station, although the branch continued to carry goods traffic until the demise of the docks in the late 1960s.[4]

Today no trace of the two-storey station remains, and the docks have been filled in (although a small basin remains). Its approximate location is now occupied by houses on Jamestown Way. The station site is some distance from the present-day Blackwall DLR station; the closest existing station is actually East India DLR station, which is slightly to the north-west of the original Blackwall station site.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brennand, Dave (2013). London's East End Railways. Nottingham, UK: Book Law Publications. p. 28. ISBN 978 1 907094 25 5. 
  2. ^ Brennand, Dave (2013). London's East End Railways. Nottingham, UK: Book Law Publications. p. 25. ISBN 978 1 907094 25 5. 
  3. ^ King, Bill. "Leman Street, London". Great Eastern Journal. 113: 126. 
  4. ^ Brennand, Dave (2013). London's East End Railways. Nottingham, UK: Book Law Publications. p. 28. ISBN 978 1 907094 25 5. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Poplar
Line and station closed
  Great Eastern Railway
London and Blackwall Railway
  Terminus

Coordinates: 51°30′29″N 0°00′00″E / 51.50817°N 0.00007°E / 51.50817; 0.00007