Talk:West India Docks

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Decline[edit]

..the dock-owners were slow to embrace change. Second, the manufacturing exports which had maintained the trade through the docks dwindled and moved away from the local area.

Am I alone in thinking this completely inaccurate? Firstly 'the owners' were the PLA. The main reason for decline was that trade (such as grain) moved to Tilbury where the er, PLA had just built Europe's biggest grain terminal, and Britain's largest container port. Secondly, wasn't most trade here imports? Pterre (talk) 23:56, 5 April 2008 (UTC)

Probably ... I thought it was mainly because the WID was not able to cope with the increasing size of ships - hence the need for relocating the grain store to Tilbury. The other factor was road (only two) and rail access (a bit bendy, so couldn't take the larger bulk wagons). The dockside storage and handling wasn't up to much either, so multiple factors. Also, I don't see basic details like tonnage of ships handled, etc. The best ref on this kind of thing is the Port Cities website. Kbthompson (talk) 00:11, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

(-: You are absolutely right, the London Docks were not really used for export. Manufacturing was centered in the North of the country, and it wouldn´t have been viable to send the goods down to London for export abroad. Just want to comment on this : "

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Crossharbour term?[edit]

Where does the term Crossharbour come from? Refering to Isle of dogs 1899.jpg, one can see that there were locks on the east and west ends of the three harbours giving them a 'Crossharbour' traffic pattern. But when and where did the common use of 'Crossharbour' occur? As this is a common geographical reference term to an area of London, it would improve the article to have that information in this and related articles. Such as Crossharbour DLR station, London Arena, Isle of Dogs, and even the life peer title of Conrad Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour. --TGC55 (talk) 04:13, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

See this article. --PalaceGuard008 (Talk) 18:32, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

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