30 years ago, Southwark Council was locked in dispute with the London Docklands Development Corporation about the future of South Dock and Greenland Dock.

Earlier this year we highlighted a short clip of South Dock from the Thames News archive, but now the full report as broadcast in January 1985 has been published on YouTube by Fremantle Media, owners of the archive:


We’ve twice written about the red crane on this website – firstly when Southwark Council revealed plans to redevelop the site with Hollybrook Homes and extend the Thames Path.

Then we reported the suggestion by council leader Peter John that parts of the crane could be turned into an artwork.

Now a campaign to save the Scotch derrick has been launched – and so far the petition on change.org has attracted nearly 140 signatures.

There is a much fuller account of the crane’s history on Andie Byrnes’ Rotherhithe Blog.

Message from the Canada Estate TRA:

The Canada Estate TRA is running a gardening project and a social history project in conjunction with Southwark Council JSI

The gardening project is open to all budding gardeners we are creating allotments to grow fruit and veg this is on Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm and Sunday 2 pm to 4 pm we will also be running this scheme in the half term holidays on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12 pm to 2 pm

The social history project: We are interviewing people who worked in the docks and who lived here during that period and through photography and research of existing photos documenting the changes in the area

We are also interviewing the people who have immigrated to the area to get their stories of what it was like to leave their homeland and settle in the area. Same days same time as above its free to all .

Just turn up at the Canada Estate hall