Commercial Road, E1

Road in/near Shadwell, existing between 1803 and now

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Commercial Road is a major thoroughfare (the A13) running east-west from the junction of Burdett Road and East India Dock Road to Braham Street.

In 1802, the East India Company secured an Act of Parliament for the building of a new road beginning at the new West India Dock Gate and terminating at Church Lane, Whitechapel. The line of the new road more or less followed the path of an existing one called White Horse Lane. This pre-existent pathway through fields can be seen on maps of the time with the line of the new road already marked in. This first stage of the road was constructed in 1803.

The development of the road into a residential neighbourhood began with the establishment of sugar refineries in St. George’s-in-the-East, which led to the erection of small houses for the accommodation of the workers employed in that industry. On the Stepney stretch, an attractive residential district for the well-to-do was built, forming ’Terraces’ and ’Places’ and for a while at least, the Commercial Road had an air of prosperity about it, reinforced by the appearance of shops.

The increase in heavy traffic along the road during the 1820s and 1830s gradually saw this attractiveness begin to dwindle in the eyes of those who lived there and at this time it also became a toll road. Charles Dickens described the Commercial Road before it was paved in 1855:

"Pleasantly wallowing in the abundant mud of that thoroughfare and greatly enjoying the huge piles of buildings belonging to the sugar refiners, the little masts and vanes in small back gardens in back streets, the neighbouring canals and docks, the India vans lumbering along their stone tramway, and the pawnbrokers’ shops where hard-up mates had pawned so many sextants and quadrants that I should have bought a few cheap if I had the least notion how to use them."

Commercial Road was extended west to meet Whitechapel High Street at ’Gardiner’s Corner’ in 1870; in 1874 it was renumbered.

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VIEW THE SHADWELL AREA IN THE 1900s
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Shadwell

Shadwell is a district in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and located on the north bank of the Thames between Wapping and Ratcliff.

In the 13th century, the area was known as Scadflet and Shatfliet – derived from the Anglo-Saxon fleot, meaning a shallow creek or bay – the land was a low lying marsh, until drained (by order of Act of Parliament, after 1587) by Cornelius Vanderdelf. A spring, issuing from near the south wall of the churchyard was dedicated to St Chad, and filled a nearby well. The origin of the name is therefore confused, being associated with both the earlier use and the later well.

In the 17th century, Thomas Neale became a local landowner, and built a mill and established a waterworks on large ponds, left by the draining of the marsh. The area had been virtually uninhabited and he developed the waterfront, with houses behind as a speculation. Shadwell became a maritime hamlet with roperies, tanneries, breweries, wharves, smiths, and numerous taverns, built around the chapel of St Paul's. Seventy-five sea captains are buried in its churchyard; Captain James Cook had his son baptised there.

By the mid-eighteenth century, Shadwell Spa was established, producing sulphurous waters, in Sun Tavern fields. As well as medicinal purposes, salts were extracted from the waters; and used by local calicoprinters to fix their dyes.

In the 19th century, Shadwell was home to a large community of foreign South Asian lascar seamen, brought over from British India by the East India Company. There were also Anglo-Indians, from intermarriage and cohabitation between lascar seamen and local girls. There were also smaller communities of Chinese and Greek seamen, who also intermarried and cohabited with locals.

The modern area is dominated by the enclosed former dock, Shadwell Basin, whose construction destroyed much of the earlier settlement – by this time degenerated into slums. The basin once formed the eastern entrance to the then London Docks, with a channel leading west to St Katharine Docks. It is actually two dock basins - the south basin was constructed in 1828-32 and the north basin in 1854-8.

Unlike nearby Limehouse Basin, few craft larger than canoes can be seen on Shadwell Basin, which is largely used for fishing and watersports - and as a scenic backdrop to the modern residential developments that line it. The basin, however, is still connected to the Thames and the channel is spanned by a bascule bridge.

The original Shadwell station was one of the oldest on the network, and was built over a spring. First opened by the East London Railway on 10 April 1876, it was first served by the Metropolitan District Railway and Metropolitan Railway on 1 October 1884. It was renamed Shadwell & St. George-in-the-East on 1 July 1900 but reverted to its original name in 1918. In 1983, a new ticket hall was built on Cable Street, replacing the original building in Watney Street.

Shadwell DLR station opened on 31 August 1987 as part of the first tranche of DLR stations. Initially designed for one-car DLR trains, Shadwell's platform underwent extension to two-car operation in 1991. The station underwent further refurbishment in 2009, which extended the platforms to accommodate three-car trains, revamped the station entrance at ground level, and added an emergency exit at the east end of the platforms.

Shadwell station closed on 22 December 2007, reopened on 27 April 2010 for a preview service to New Cross and New Cross Gate, and from 23 May 2010, the latter service extended to West Croydon / Crystal Palace operated within the London Overground network.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Bethnal Green:   Bethnal Green - a happy corner
Bigland Green Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Bishop Challoner Boys’ School:   Voluntary aided school (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Blue Gate Fields Infants’ School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 7.
Blue Gate Fields Junior School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 7 and 11.
Buttercup Primary School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Collingwood Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Darul Hadis Latifiah:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 20. Admissions policy: Selective (grammar).
Date Palm Primary School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 11.
East India:   This is a children’s centre.
Elizabeth Selby Infants’ School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 7.
Green Gables Montessori Primary School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Hague Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Harry Gosling Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Hermitage Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Jamiatul Ummah School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16. Admissions policy: Selective (grammar).
John Smith Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
King Edward VII Memorial Park:   King Edward Memorial Park was opened in 1922.
Kobi Nazrul Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Lawdale Junior School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 7 and 11.
London East Academy:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16.
London Enterprise Academy:   Free schools (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16.
London Islamic School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Madani Secondary Girls’ School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18.
Mulberry School for Girls:   Academy converter (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Ocean Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Osmani Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Raine’s Foundation School:   Voluntary aided school (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Shadwell:   Shadwell is a district in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and located on the north bank of the Thames between Wapping and Ratcliff.
St Anne’s Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Mary and St Michael Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Paul’s Whitechapel Church of England Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Peter’s London Docks CofE Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Stewart Headlam Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Swanlea School:   Community school (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
The Pier Head Preparatory Montessori School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 7.
Thomas Buxton Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Wapping:   Wapping's proximity to the Thames has given the area a strong maritime character, which it retains through its riverside public houses and steps.
Wapping Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Wapping High School:   Free schools (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Whitechapel:   Whitechapel is a neighbourhood whose heart is Whitechapel Road itself, named for a small chapel of ease dedicated to St Mary.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
John’s Hill:   The corner of Johns Hill and Pennington Street, Wapping, December 1906.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Adams Gardens Estate, SE16 · Adelina Grove, E1 · Agatha Close, E1W · Ainsley Street, E2 · Alley, E1W · Anthony Street, E1 · Artichoke Hill, E1W · Asher Way, E1W · Asher Way, E98 · Ashfield Street, E1 · Assam Street, E1 · Balkan Walk, E1W · Barnsley Street, E1 · Batty Street, E1 · Benson Quay, E1W · Bethnal Green Road, E2 · Bigland Street, E1 · Birkbeck Street, E2 · Blythe Street, E2 · Boulcott Street, E1 · Boyd Street, E1 · Brady Street, E1 · Braintree Street, E2 · Breezer’s Hill, E1W · Brewhouse Lane, E1W · Brodlove Lane, E1W · Buckfast Street, E2 · Buckhurst Street, E1 · Burslem Street, E1 · Burwell Close, E1 · Butcher Row, E14 · Butcher Row, E1W · Cable Street, E1 · Cable Street, E1W · Cambridge Heath Road, E1 · Cannon St Road, E1 · Cannon Street Road, E1 · Castlemain Street, E1 · Cavell Street, E1 · Cavell Street, E1W · Chandler Street, E1W · Chapman Street, E1 · Chigwell Hill, E1W · Christian Street, E1 · Cinnamon Street, E1W · City View House, E2 · Clark Street, E1 · Clave Street, E1W · Cleveland Grove, E1 · Cleveland Way, E1 · Coburg Dwellings, E1 · Collingwood Street, E1 · Colts Lagreenheath Business Centre, E2 · Columbus House, E1W · Commercial Road, E1 · Corfield Street, E2 · Cornwall Avenue, E2 · Cottle Lane, SE16 · Court Street, E1 · Coventry Road, E2 · Coverley Close, E1 · Cudworth Street, E1 · Damien Street, E1 · Darling Row, E1 · Davenant Street, E1 · Deancross Street, E1 · Dellow Street, E1 · Derbyshire Street, E2 · Dunbridge Street, E2 · Dunch Street, E1 · Dundee Street, E1W · Durward Street, E1 · East Cross Centre, E15 · East Mount Street, E1 · Ellsworth Street, E2 · Fairclough Street, E1 · Fieldgate Street, E1 · Fletcher Street, E1 · Florida Street, E2 · Forbes Street, E1 · Ford Square, E1 · Fordham Street, E1 · Fulbourne Street, E1 · Gales Gardens, E2 · Garnet Street, E1W · Glamis Place, E1W · Glamis Road, E1W · Glass Street, E2 · Glasshouse Fields, E1W · Globe Stairs, SE16 · Golding Street, E1 · Granary Road, E1 · Green Bank, E1W · Greenbank, E1W · Greenfield Road, E1 · Greenheath Business Centre, E2 · Grindall House, E1 · Gun Wharf, E3 · Gun Wharf, E9 · Gwilym Maries House, E2 · Hague Street, E2 · Hainton Close, E1 · Hatteraick Road, SE16 · Hawksmoor Mews, E1 · Headlam Street, E1 · Helen’s Place, E2 · Hemming Street, E1 · Henriques Street, E1 · Herald Street, E2 · Hereford Street, E2 · Hermitage Court, E1W · Hermitage Wall, E1W · Hessel Street, E1 · Hilliards Court, E1W · Hollybush Gardens, E2 · Hollybush Place, E2 · Ivimey Street, E2 · Jane Street, E1 · Jardine Road, E14 · Jardine Road, E1W · Jarman House, E1 · Jersey Street, E2 · Jubilee Street, E1 · Kelsey Street, E2 · Kennet Street, E1W · Key Close, E1 · King Charles Terrace, E1W · King David Lane, E1 · King Henry Terrace, E1W · King Henry’s Stairs, E1W · King Stairs Close, SE16 · Knighten Street, E1W · Knighton Street, E1W · Langdale Street, E1 · Lindley Street, E1 · Lowood Street, E1 · Malcolm Place, E2 · Malcolm Road, E1 · Manningtree Street, E1 · Mape Street, E2 · Marble Quay, E1W · Martha Street, E1 · Maynards Quay, E1W · Menotti Street, E2 · Merceron Street, E1 · Merchant Court, E1W · Metropolitan Wharf, E1W · Milk Yard, E1W · Milward Street, E1 · Montpelier Place, E1 · Monza Street, E1W · Morris Street, E1 · Morton Close, E1 · Mount Terrace, E1 · Myrdle Street, E1 · Nelson Street, E1 · New Crane Place, E1W · New Crane Stairs, E1W · New Crane Wharf, E1W · New Loom House, E1 · New Road, E1 · Newark Street, E1 · Newbold Cottages, E1 · Nightingale House, E1W · O’Leary Square, E1 · Pace Place, E1 · Paradise Row, E2 · Parfett Street, E1 · Peartree Lane, E1W · Penang Street, E1W · Pennington Street, E1W · Pereira Street, E1 · Philchurch Place, E1 · Philpot Street, E1 · Pier Head, E1W · Pinchin Street, E1 · Plumbers Row, E1 · Pollard Row, E2 · Pollard Street, E2 · Ponler Street, E1 · Porters Walk, E1W · Portland Square, E1W · Pott Street, E2 · Prospect Place, E1W · Prusom Street, E1W · Pundersons Gardens, E2 · Queen Victoria Terrace, E1W · Railway Arches, E1 · Raine Street, E1W · Rampart Street, E1 · Ramsey Street, E2 · Ratcliffe Cross Street, E1 · Ratcliffe Cross Street, E1W · Raven Row, E1 · Reardon Path, E1W · Reardon Street, E1W · Regal Close, E1 · Richard Street, E1 · Riverside Mansions, E1W · Roberta Street, E2 · Roger Dowley Close, E2 · Romford Street, E1 · Rushmead, E2 · Sage Street, E1 · Sale Street, E2 · Sampson Street, E1W · Schoolhouse Lane, E1W · Scott Street, E1 · Selby Street, E1 · Settles Street, E1 · Shadwell Basin, E1W · Shadwell Pierhead, E1W · Shadwell Place, E1 · Sidney Square, E1 · Sidney Street, E1 · Sly Street, E1 · Smeaton Street, E1W · Somerford Street, E1 · Sovereign Close, E1W · Spirit Quay, E1W · Spring Walk, E1 · Squirries Street, E2 · St Katharine By The Tower, E1W · St Katherines By The Tower, E1W · St Marychurch Street, SE16 · Stepney Green Court, E1 · Stepney Way, E1 · Stockton House, E2 · Stutfield Street, E1 · Sun Walk, E1W · Surma Close, E1 · Sutton Street, E1 · Swedenborg Gardens, E1 · Tapp Street, E1 · Tarling Street, E1 · Telfords Yard, E1W · Tench Street, E1W · Tent Street, E1 · Thames Path, SE16 · The Highway, E1 · The Highway, E1W · Three Colts Corner, E2 · Three Colts Lane, E1 · Three Colts Lane, E2 · Timberland Road, E1 · Trafalgar Court, E1W · Trahorn Close, E1 · Turner Street, E1 · Twine Court, E1 · Umberston Street, E1 · Underwood Road, E1 · Union Walk Railway Arches, E2 · Vallance Road, E1 · Vallance Road, E2 · Varden Street, E1 · Vawdrey Close, E1 · Viaduct Place, E2 · Viaduct Street, E2 · Victoria Park Square, E2 · Vine Court, E1 · Virginia Street, E1W · Voss Street, E2 · Walden Street, E1 · Wapping High Street, E1W · Wapping Lane, E1W · Wapping New Stairs, E1W · Wapping Old Stairs East, E1W · Wapping Wall, E1W · Waterman Way, E1W · Watney Market, E1 · Watney Street, E1 · Watts Street, E1W · Wellclose Square, E1 · West Gardens, E1W · Whitechapel Market, E1 · Whitechapel Road, E1 · Whitechapel Street, E1 · Wicker Street, E1 · Wickford Street, E1 · Wilmot Street, E2 · Wine Close, E1W · Winthrop Street, E1 · Witan Street, E2 · Wodeham Gardens, E1 · Wolsey Street, E1 · Wyllen Close, E1 ·
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Chapman and Hall, London

Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (1836) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured. Insets: A view of the Tower from London Bridge -- A view of London from Copenhagen Fields. Includes views of facades of 25 structures "A comparison of the principal buildings of London."
Chapman and Hall, London

Environs of London (1832) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured. Relief shown by hachures. A circle shows "Extent of the twopenny post delivery."
Chapman and Hall, London

London Underground Map (1921).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1921.
London Transport

The Environs of London (1865).  FREE DOWNLOAD
Prime meridian replaced with "Miles from the General Post Office." Relief shown by hachures. Map printed in black and white.
Published By J. H. Colton. No. 172 William St. New York

London Underground Map (1908).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1908.
London Transport

Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ordnance Survey colour map of the environs of London 1:10,560 scale
Ordnance Survey. Crown Copyright 1939.

Outer London (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Outer London shown in red, City of London in yellow. Relief shown by hachures.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)
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