History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Quay Walls,copings and Butresses to Import Dock and Export Dock

A Grade I Listed Building in Canary Wharf, Tower Hamlets

We don't have any photos of this building yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 51.5066 / 51°30'23"N

Longitude: -0.0191 / 0°1'8"W

OS Eastings: 537573

OS Northings: 180490

OS Grid: TQ375804

Mapcode National: GBR K4.ZTW

Mapcode Global: VHGR1.MD8D

Plus Code: 9C3XGX4J+J9

Entry Name: Quay Walls,copings and Butresses to Import Dock and Export Dock

Listing Date: 1 July 1983

Last Amended: 1 April 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1065783

English Heritage Legacy ID: 206451

Location: Tower Hamlets, London, E14

County: Tower Hamlets

Electoral Ward/Division: Canary Wharf

Built-Up Area: Tower Hamlets

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: All Saints Poplar

Church of England Diocese: London

Find accommodation in


Isle of Dogs

Quay walls, copings an
buttresses to Import
Dock and Export Dock.


Following the Act of 1799, the West India Docks were opened in 1802, the first
and greatest of the enclosed security commercial docks, a pioneering civil
engineering design by William Jessop with Ralph Walker, that created the modern
Port of London after 1000 and set the precedent for commercial dock design.
The Import Dock is the earliest, 1800-02, followed to south by the Export
Lock of 1803-06. Totalling 54 acres and 2,600 ft long with an original impounded
south of 23 ft, the quay wall are of sophisticated brickwork having a profile and counterfort buttresses, on a gravel bed. The ashlar granite copings
have largely been renewed or concealed by jetties. The locks to the Blackwall
Basin were enlarged later in the C19 but see West Ferry Road for the
Limehouse Entrance lock to the former City Canal subsequently in the 1860s
enlarged as the present South Dock. Expenditure on works from 1800 to 1806
amounted to the vast sum of ?l.1 million. These docks with Nos 1 and 2 warehouses (qv) are now the only surviving examples of the first intensive period of London dock construction: 1800-10.

Listing NGR: TQ3757380490

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.