13. Poplar Dock Information & History
Poplar Dock connects to the Blackwall Basin of the West India Docks and, although independent of this system, has never had a direct connection to the Thames. Originally a series of reservoirs built by the West India Dock Company in 1828, Poplar Dock was converted into a railway dock. The dock was built by the East & West India Docks and Birmingham Junction Railway Company and connected to the company's goods yard at Chalk Farm. It was alone among the docks to remain outside the control of the Port of London Authority in 1909. Because of its lack of a direct connection to the river, its operators needed the agreement of the owners of the West India Docks for uses which did not compete directly with their interests. From 1925 the PLA permitted the handling of general continental goods at Poplar Dock, provided that they were for transfer to the provinces and not for London. British Rail sold the site to the LDDC in 1982–3. More at wikipedia | Also read british-history.ac.uk >
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