This 50 minute talk on Zoom will tell the story of the Royal Docks, beginning with the railway designed by engineer George Parker Bidder which starts the development. Your guide, Rob Smith, will show slides about the building of the docks, the people who built them, the technical advances that had a huge impact on London’s economy, and the factories that were built alongside the docks.
The Royal Group of Docks in East London were one of the largest engineering projects in London’s history. This online talk tells their story. When they were built the Royal Group of Docks in East London was the largest enclosed body of water in the world. Comprising the Royal Victoria, Albert and King George V docks, they were one of the largest engineering projects in London’s history. They still make an imposing sight today – 12 miles of waterfront that is undergoing redevelopment.