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The development of London Docklands is probably the most dramatic change in London since the Great Fire of London.

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Introduction The development of London Docklands is probably the most dramatic change in London since the Great Fire of London. It has captured the attention of politicians, planners, the press and people throughout Britain because of the regeneration of inner-city areas, done by the LDDC, which stands for, 'The London Docklands Development Corporation'. The regeneration itself has raised a new topic in the history of Britain. It has become a tourist attraction. My project will tell you everything you need to know about the docklands, such as the advantages, the disadvantages, the reasons for regeneration, etc... but before going into the regeneration, ill first tell you why the docks were there in the first place, and an introductions about its history. The start of the docklands London has been an important port since Roman times. The City was the centre of Britain's trade with the rest of the Roman Empire, and its own empire. Wine, olive oil, glass, pottery and other manufactured goods were imported into Britain and a wide range of goods were exported. A: Map of Roman Britain showing the main road network. ...read more.


Inner cities had a lot of slums in them as well. These slums gave the area a very poor and dull image to everyone else. Slums lacked basic facilities such as proper sewage treatment. This polluted the area, as well as made it unhygienic. There were a lot of narrow and congested roads there making it look uncivilized and poor. Uncivilized is a view it was also seen as because, if they (as in the residents of the area) were civilized, they would be able to afford a proper house, and that area wouldn't look that bad. Why did the Government regenerate it? Despite the fact that the Docklands is located in the inner cities, its population fell by 20% between 1971 and 1981, while the unemployment rate in 1981 was 17.8%. This tells us that only a few people lived there, and most of them were poor, and some were unemployed. There was a lot of empty land in 1981; around 60% of it was empty. This was worrying because even though it's close to the CBD, nobodies gets advantage of that land, and is left useless. ...read more.


There are no gardens because of the lack of space available. It has brilliant transport links within the docklands itself, and links outside the docklands There are hardly any space for recreation, and other facilities Nice apartment blocks which attracts the rich and makes the area look better Its very modern, and attractive to all tourists, and residents of London Below is a graph which was taken to see the residents view on the regeneration, and as you can see, there were only a few unpleased with the regeneration, and study shows that those people were the poor who now have to leave the docklands because they couldn't pay the rents anymore. Surrey Docks Acorn Walk West India Docks before Limehouse Basin Shadwell Basin Before After Surrey Quays (Shopping Centre) now Acorn Walk now Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs Limehouse Basin now Shadwell Basin now Maps Below is a map showing where the Docklands are in the UK Below shows a brief map of the Docklands * Lighters were small boats which carried goods from ships to the docks. They could land goods without paying a fee to the dock or dock owner. ...read more.

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