Print-friendly version of this page Island Gardens is an area of the Isle of Dogs opposite Greenwich.
Ferry Street is a road with a long history on the Isle of Dogs.
Ferry Street was reassembled from three constituent streets: the original Ferry Street, Wharf Road and Johnson Street.
Wharf Road was the section running parallel to the Thames. When the Millwall Extension Railway was run to an old station called North Greenwich, Wharf Road was cut into two. One part of Wharf Road (the future Ferry Street section) was connected to the remainder (the future Saunders Ness Road
) by a subway under the line allowing passengers from the rest of Wharf Road to reach the station.
Johnson Street ran north-south and was the address of the station. Johnson’s Draw Dock was in the street.
Ferry Street itself ran from the main road to the Greenwich Ferry which operated until 31 October 1902.
The Ferry House is a pub on Ferry Street has existed since 1722. The present building dates from 1822, and was used as a drinking establishment by ferry passengers to and from Greenwich until the opening of the Greenwich foot tunnel
There had been a ferry at this point since 1330 or before. It was known as the Popeler Ferry and then the Potter’s Ferry. The ferry transported people, horses and cattle and become a lucrative business whose rights were protected by legal statutes. Ferry Street led to it.
The 1.12-hectare waterside park at Island Gardnes is notable for its spectacular cross-river view of the classical buildings of the former Greenwich Hospital, the Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum, with Greenwich Park
forming a backdrop. The northern entrance of the Greenwich foot tunnel is also within the park. It is almost certain that the view from this location is the one that the Canaletto painting ’Greenwich Hospital from the North Bank of the Thames’ is taken from, though whether Canaletto himself actually visited the site is in doubt. The park was formally opened on 3 Au
gust 1895 by local politician Will Crooks.
The 19th century name for the area was North Greenwich. It was named for the now defunct North Greenwich railway station (1872), that served a former passenger ferry to Greenwich and stood near the later Island Gardens (1897) and Greenwich foot tunnel (1902).
The park gave its name to Island Gardens DLR station. This opened in 1987 as the southern terminus of the DLR’s initial system, and was an elevated terminal station situated to the west of the park. The later construction of the DLR extension to Lewisham involved a tunnel under the Thames, and Island Gardens station was relocated about 100 metres (330 ft) north, close to the northern entrance to the tunnel by Millwall Park. The new station is largely underground; the original elevated station was demolished.