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London's Docklands: A History of the Lost Quarter by [Rule, Fiona]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8139 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing (9 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F4VWS2S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
I received a phone call from a shipping acquaintance to ask if I would offer a few anecdotes to the author of a forthcoming book on the London Docks. I worked in the docks in the early 1960's so was happy to oblige.As it was written by a woman I was sceptical about the book before I had read it. Not because I am sexist but because the docks were manned by men for the greatest part. As I was reading the book I quickly realised that here was someone who had a passion for the Thames and its docklands
history of two thousand years. I thought I was passionate about them but my passion was contemporary and I wished I had this book to read back then.
It is researched by someone who has highlighted the important events from the mundane which must have been some task considering the timespan covered.
It is also written with great compassion for those whose lives which were drastically changed during the great upheavals that occurred. It is the human perspective that gripped me as well as the genesis of the names of various well known landmarks. Many of which were unknown to me.She brought them to life.
The reader is transported to these events by Fiona's lively but accurate imagination. Although nearly half a century has passed since I knew that lost world
my memories have been greatly enriched by having read this book.
My contribution is a drop in the ocean to the rest of the story. I feel as though I should declare it though as Fiona's integrity shines throughout and I would not wish to compromise it.
In conclusion; for someone who worked and knew that world I would not hesitate to urge those interested to read this volume for a brilliant overall portrayal from Roman times to the recent developements ,of the lost landmarks, lost communities and lost language of our capital city's greatest asset ; The docks and wharves which established its fame and history.
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Excellent read for any ex Custom House Boy.

I could always see the ships from my bedroom window. And New Year the sound of Ships Hooters and Sirens, New Year has never been the same.

My father who was also a dockie took me down the docks one day and on board the Chusan P.O. Liner. A boy hood experience never forgotten I could also name all the shipping lines by their funnels. When I was 19 I joined the West Ham Fire Brigade based at Silvertown Fire Station in the early sixties and as a raw recruit had to name all the dock gates and where they were and when they were open. What memories this book has invoked in me again now I am 71 years old.

Thanks for taking me down memory Lane
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By Dr. R. Brandon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Dec. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a well written interesting book aimed at the general reader. It contains no new research and relies entirely on secondary sources but is none the worse for that. The author, Fiona Rule, takes us on a comprehensive history tour of the docklands from the time to the Romans right up to the formation of the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) and the re-development of Canary Wharf. Much space is taken with the growth of the City and Westminster and the role of the Thames in facilitating trade. After the leaving of the Romans, and the long hiatus that followed, the pace of change quickens with the approach of the 17th century. It is at this stage that we encounter the familiar stories of the Great Plague and the subsequent Fire of London in 1666. The author describes the effects of these twin catastrophes on the docks very well. As the 18th and 19th centuries approach Rule relates the inevitable march east, as regards dockland development, as great efforts are made to take shipping off the Thames and into enclosed docks in order to relieve congestion on the river and speed turnaround times. At this point we encounter the Match Girls Strike and then the great Docker's Tanner dispute. Naturally as ships increase in size with the advent of steam propulsion the enclosed berths also increase with the ultimate result being the creation of the Royal Docks and Tilbury before the final move to containerisation. This is a lively and interesting book with anecdotes to please all, from stories of Viking raids, the role of the great Naval dockyards, to little references to Dan Farson and the Waterman's Arms on the Isle of Dogs. The book might, with advantage, have included a few more illustrations. Nevertheless, a well written easy read that will appeal to all who wish to avoid an academic approach.
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I thought it was rather a dry history of the London Docks, high on technical and political detail and very low on personal accounts of how it was to live and work there. Ideal book for history students but not for people wanting more social history.
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A fantastic read-could not put thos book down. It covers the whole history of London in detail but is very easy to read and understand- it is gripping!!
I gained a whole new understanding of London-how it developed and why it is so successful today. The photographs are great-woudl have liked a few more!
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As I had relatives who worked in the docks and where brought up in the East End of London I found this book very interesting. Fiona Rule explains the history of the docks how they developed and how history was made round them very well. She has made this book an easy and interesting read.
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