Yabsley Street, E14

Road in/near Canary Wharf, existing between 1893 and now

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Yabsley Street was a rebuilt Russell Street which had existed before the Blackwall Tunnell was built.

The Housing of the Working Classes Act of 1890 allowed local authorities in London to build their own housing. It rationalised housing and slum clearance legislation, making it much easier for local authorities to carry out clearance schemes. Under certain circumstances, the councils could also build dwellings with the dual purpose of rehousing and to increase the supply of working-class housing.

Following the Act, the London County Council almost immediately began to build new tenement blocks in Poplar and erected as a result of the construction of the Blackwall Tunnel. The tunnel caused the need for people to be rehoused but also meant the purchase of a considerable area of land for the tunnel, much of which was subsequently available for housing development.

The Council Buildings in Yabsley Street dated from 1893, Toronto Buildings and Montreal Buildings in Cotton Street dated from 1899–1901 and blocks in Prestons Road included Baffin, Hudson, Ontario, Ottawa, Quebec, and Winnipeg Buildings (1902– 4). These were all five-storey tenement blocks. The new flats were self-contained, equipped and had notable sanitary arrangements.

After a change of mood in building tenement blocks, the LCC built no housing whatsoever in Poplar between 1904 and 1926.

Main source: Survey of London | British History Online
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Giraud Street
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22 Emily Street
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Ethelburga Estate
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Blechynden Street, W10
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Hewer Street W10
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All Bar One
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Parachute bomb 1941
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Abbeville Road (1940 street directory)
North west side
1A Clarke A S Ltd, motor engineers
15 Plumbers, Glaziers & Domestic Engineers Union
25 Dixey Edward, florist
27 Vicary Miss Doris J, newsagent
29 Stenning John Andrew, dining rooms
31 Clarke & Williams, builders
33 Hill Mrs Theodora, confectioner
35 Golding W & sons, corn dealers
... here is Shandon road ...
37 Pennington Mrs Eliz Harvie, wine & spirit merchant
39 Westminster Catering Co Ltd, ham, beef & tongue dealers
41 Masters A (Clapham) Ltd, butchers
43 Thomas Euan Ltd, grocers
45 Garrett C T & Co Ltd, undertakers
47 Mayle T & Sons, fishmongers
49 Mayles Ltd, fruiterers
51 & 73 Hardy Arthur Sydney, draper
53 United Dairies (London) Ltd
... here is Narbonne avenue ...
55 Norris William Lennox, baker
57 Silver Star Laundry Ltd
59 Thorp John, oilman
61 Bidgood Leonard George, boot makers
63 Wilkie Rt Miln, chemist
65 Gander George Albert Isaac, hairdresser
67 Harris Alfred William, greengrocer
69 & 71 Lambert Ernest & Son Ltd, grocers
... here is Hambolt road ...
73 & 51 Hardy Arthur Sydney, draper
75 Cambourn Frederick, butcher
77 Siggers Clement, chemist
77 Post, Money Order, Telephone Call & Telegraph Office & Savings Bank
79 Hemmings William, baker
... here is Elms road ...
85 Cornish Joseph
91 Bedding Mrs
151 Johnson Mrs H K
157 Robinson Albert Ernest, grainer
173 Yardleys London & Provincial Stores Ltd, wine & spirit merchants
175 Clark Alfred, butcher
175A Morley Douglas Frederick, confectioner
... here is Crescent lane ...
... her is St Alphonsus road ...

South east side
... here is Trouville road ...
4 Bossy Miss, private school
... here are Bonneville gardens ...
24 Osborn Charles Edward, ladies hairdresser
24 Hall H Ltd, builders
24A Walton Lodge Laundry Ltd
... here are Shandon road & Abbeville mansions ...
28 Copley Fred Smith, chemist
30 Finch H G Ltd, laundry
32 Carter William Alfred, furniture dealer
34 Spriggs Charles & Co, wireless supplies dealer
36 Miles Frederick William, confectioner
38 Pitman Frederick, hairdresser
40 Rowe Frederick F, valeting service
42 Modridge Edward J, oilman
... here is Narbonne avenue ...
44 Southorn Albert, butcher
46 Brown Ernest, fruiterer
48 Stanley Mrs A A, confectioner
50 Fryatt Owen, delixatessen store
52 Benbrooks, domestic stores
54 Davis William Clifford, boot repairer
56 Blogg Alfred, newsagent
58 Rowlands Thomas & Sons, dairy
... here are Hambalt, Elms, Franconia, Caldervale & Leppoc roads ...
124 Clarke Frederick, decorator
... here are Crescent lane, Briarwood road & Park hill ...

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Angel & Trumpet, Stepney Green
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Blackfriars (1959 - 1965)
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Blackwall Tunnel The Blackwall Tunnel is a pair of road tunnels which pass underneath the River Thames.
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Albert Court South, E14 Albert Court South is a building in Blackwall.
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Aspen Way, E14 Aspen Way is a road in the E14 postcode area
Baffin Way, E14 Baffin Way is a newer road, dating from the 1990s.
Biscayne Avenue, E14 Biscayne Avenue is a 1990s-vintage road
Blackwall Way, E14 Blackwall Way dates from the seventeenth century.
Boardwalk Place, E14 Boardwalk Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Boardwalk, E14 Boardwalk is a road in the SE21 postcode area
Bridge House Quay, E14 Bridge House Quay was part of the Wates Built Homes scheme designed by Whittam, Cox, Ellis & Clayton on the site of the Blackwall Graving Dock.
Broadway Walk, E14 Broadway Walk is a road in the E14 postcode area
Canary Wharf, E14 Canary Wharf is a location rather than a road but one which has addresses assigned to it.
Cartier Circle, E14 Cartier Circle is a road in the E14 postcode area
Churchill Place, E14 Churchill Place is a road in the E14 postcode area
Cold Harbour, E14 Cold Harbour is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Coldharbour, E14 Coldharbour is a road in the E14 postcode area
Dominion Walk, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
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Fairmont Avenue, E14 Fairmont Avenue is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Gaselee Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Harbour Quay, E14 Harbour Quay is an Isle of Dogs development.
Harrow Lane, E14 Harrow Lane is a road in the E14 postcode area
Horatio Place, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Jamestown Way, E14 Jamestown Way is a road in the E14 postcode area
John Smith Mews, E14 John Smith Mews is a road of the Virginia Quay development.
Lancaster Drive, E14 Lancaster Drive was designed by WCEC Architects for the Wates Group and was completed circa 1985.
Landon Walk, E14 Landon Walk is a dockside walkway.
Landons Close, E14 Landons Close is part of the Jamestown Harbour development of 73 low-density homes, situated between Poplar Dock and Blackwall Marina
Longitude House, E14 Despite its name, Longitude House lies 0.0019 degrees west of the Prime Meridian.
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Michigan Building, E14 The Michigan Building is a development in Blackwall.
Myers Walk, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Naval House, E14 Naval House is situated in Naval Row.
Naval Row, E14 Naval Row is an old road in Blackwall.
New Providence Wharf, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Newport Avenue, E14 Newport Avenue is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
North Dockside, E14 North Dockside is a road in the E14 postcode area
Ontario Tower, E14 A block in the E14 postcode.
Orchard Place, E14 Sail Court is one of a number of nautically-themed blocks in Virginia Quay.
Paul Julius Close, E14 Paul Julius Close is a road in the E14 postcode area
Prestage Way, E14 Prestage Way is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
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Prestons Road, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
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Province Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
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St Lawrence Street, E14 St Lawrence Street connects Prestons Road with Blackwall Way.
Streamlight Tower, E14 Streamlight Tower is a block in Blackwall.
Trafalgar Way, E14 Trafalgar Way is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Virginia Quay, E14 Virginia Quay was built by Barrett Homes in 2000.
Williamsburg Plaza, E14 A street within the E14 postcode

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is a large business development on the Isle of Dogs, centred on the old West India Docks.

Canary Wharf was the site of cargo warehouses that served the docks based in London E14, taking its name from sea trade with the Canary Islands. The docks were, as recently as 1961, the busiest in the world but fell into declie after containerisation.

The project to revitalise eight square miles of derelict London docks began in 1981 with the establishment of the London Docklands Development Corporation. At first, redevelopment was focused on light industrial schemes and Canary Wharf’s largest occupier was Limehouse Studios, a TV production company.

In 1984, Michael von Clem, head of the investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston, was visiting the Docklands looking for a site for a client’s food processing plant and noticed that there was empty land. Thinking of relocating City of London offices, von Clem contacted his opposite number at Morgan Stanley who said that a large scheme with critical mass would be necessary. It was also agreed that a new Tube line would be required to make the scheme viable.

Canadian developer Olympia and York bought the project idea. Critically, Olympia and York agreed to meet 50% of the proposed cost of an extension to the Jubilee Line. Construction of Canary Wharf began in 1988 with phase one completed in 1992.

The property market collapsed in the early 1990s. Tenant demand evaporated and the Jubilee Line work had not started as Olympia & York collapsed. The scheme went into administration. For a while it seemed that Canary Wharf would be a white elephant, accessible only by the Docklands Light Railway.

In December 1995, an international consortium backed by the former owners of Olympia & York bought the scheme. At this time its working population was around 13 000 and over half the office space was empty. Probably the critical event in the recovery of Canary Wharf was the much-delayed start of work on the Jubilee Line, which the government wanted ready for the Millennium celebrations. From this point, potential tenants began to see Canary Wharf as a alternative to traditional office locations. The remaining phases were completed and new phases were built.

Canary Wharf is now very successful with tenants including major banks and news media firms. Jubilee Place opened as a shopping mall in 2004.

The immediate impact of Canary Wharf was to raise land values in the surrounding area.

Canary Wharf is now connected to central London via the Canary Wharf DLR station, opened in 1991, and the extension of the Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf tube station, opened in 2000. A river boat service from Canary Waterside connects Canary Wharf to the City of London and Greenwich.

Poplar Baths (2005)
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Poplar Dock
Old London postcard
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East India Road, Poplar
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Northern entrance to the Blackwall Tunnel in 1899
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Poplar Dock
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East India Road, Poplar
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Aste Street
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Blackwall station and its pier in the early 20th century. East India Dock Wall Road led to it.
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Photographer Luke Agbaimoni gave up city-scape night photography after the birth of his first child, but creating the Tube Mapper project allowed him to continue being creative, fitting photography around his new lifestyle and adding stations on his daily commute.
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The Brunswick Hotel at Blackwall in March 1929.
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East India Dock Gates and the entrance to Blackwall Tunnel (1929). The photograph is taken from the corner of Woolmore Street and Robin Hood Lane. In the background is the Poplar Hospital for Accidents
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