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The London Tennis Tour
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th June 1919 Born today: Bruce Gordon, London England, actor (Frank Nitti-Untouchables)

20th June 1837 Queen Victoria receives the news from the Archbishop of Canterbury that her uncle William IV had died and she was now queen.

Shadwell Basin



Shadwell Basin

The last operating hydraulic pumping station in the world?

Location: Off Glamis Road

Description: Hydraulic power from the tall red brick Pumping Station on the south-east corner of the dock basin.

Power from here was also piped to the centre of London to raise theatre curtains in Leicester Square.

This was probably the last operating hydraulic pumping station in the world and only closed down in 1977. Today it contains a cafe and is used for theatrical performances and exhibitions.

'Shadwell Basin' itself is the only remaining basin of the London Docks. Colourful housing surrounds it. Houses are privately owned, but a special 33 per cent discount allows teachers to live near their inner city schools.

Cormorants often sit on the raft in the middle of the water waiting to catch various fish such as carp, bream and roach.

On the river side of the bridge is a water-sports training centre for local children. You now have a much closer view of Canary Wharf.

Tagged in this Tour: Pirates and penthouses at the old London Docks

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Shadwell Basin

The last operating hydraulic pumping station in the world?


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