'Blood Alley' in the West India Docks, circa 1930.

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'Blood Alley' in the West India Docks, circa 1930.

This photograph was taken at the North Quay shows a gang of dockers trucking bags of sugar beneath an awning of washed sacks that are hung out for drying at.

‘Blood Alley' was the nickname given to roadway between the transit sheds and sugar warehouses because handling the sacks of sticky West Indian sugar badly chafed and cracked the dockers' skin.

This quay is now home to the Museum of London Docklands

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