Regular monthly meeting for members and guests interested in Street Photography.
This month is again in East London, but no apologies as we will be catching something that will soon be disappearing.
Commencing 9:45 hrs from Limehouse DLR Station
We will explore the Limehouse Basin and then will walk the East India Dock Road to Chrisp Street Market toward the East. We will then move on to Robin Hood Gardens, a classic 60’s housing estate which may soon be replaced with something far less iconic, I fear.
Limehouse Basin opened in 1820 as the Regent's Canal Dock. This was an important connection between the Thames and the canal system, where cargoes could be transferred from larger ships to the shallow-draught canal boats. Now largely gentrified and used by pleasure craft.
East India Dock Road was built as a continuation of the Commercial Road, to connect with the new East India Docks. The East India Docks were constructed between 1803 and 1806 and were the third set of wet docks built on the Thames in the early nineteenth century, after the West India Docks (1800–6) and the London Docks (1802–5). They were constructed at Blackwall, north-east of the Isle of Dogs and we will not be walking quite this far. Today only the entrance basin and listed perimeter wall remain visible.
Chrisp Street Market was the first purpose-built pedestrian shopping area in the UK. It is located in Poplar in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and forms part of the eastern edge of the Lansbury Estate. It features a prominent clock tower, shops, small retail outlets, cafes, market stalls and apartments. The market was originally designed by Frederick Gibberd, and built as part of the Festival of Britain in 1951, but has been overhauled since.
Robin Hood Gardens is a residential council estate in Poplar, London designed in the late 1960s by architects Alison and Peter Smithson and completed in 1972. It was an urban solution to an impossible site overwhelmed by the cacophony of traffic noise. It was designed with homes spread across 'streets in the sky': it was informed by, and was a reaction against, Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation.
Final planning approval for the redevelopment scheme was given in December 2012; however, demolition has yet to begin, people are in residence but flats are increasingly empty and boarded up.
We finish at Robin Hood Gardens around 14:00 hrs, which is adjacent to Blackwall DLR station for easy depature.
Timings are approximate and we will have meeting points at the major locations. Further information to be provided to registrants.
THE EVENT IS FREE BUT NUMBERS ARE LIMITED. PLEASE RESERVE YOUR PLACE USING THE BLUE BUTTON ABOVE. All welcome!