Alpha Grove, E14

Road in/near Millwall, existing between the 1810s and now.

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Alpha Grove runs from Strafford Street to Tiller Road.

Alpha Grove ran right through to the West India Dock fence dock - its cranes can be seen at the end of the road. When built in the 1800s, Alpha Road followed a section of the old Island path, Dolphin Lane.

Albert Terrace and Alfred Terrace were rows of houses in Alpha Road.

Alpha Road was renamed Alpha Grove in 1939, and was seriously damaged during WWII.

In 1964 the LCC declared this site as the Manilla Street Clearance Area, and this north end of Alpha Grove became a part of Manilla Street in the Barkantine Estate.

Alpha Road Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan Chapel, Alpha Grove Community Centre) was built in 1887. An additional hall was added in 1926. The buildings were converted into a community centre in the 1970s.

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Mike Dowling   
Added: 15 Jun 2024 15:51 GMT   

Family ties (1936 - 1963)
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Added: 13 Jun 2024 00:03 GMT   

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Tony Whipple   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 21:35 GMT   

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Theresa Penney   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 18:08 GMT   

1 Whites Row
My 2 x great grandparents and his family lived here according to the 1841 census. They were Dutch Ashkenazi Jews born in Amsterdam at the beginning of the 19th century but all their children were born in Spitalfields.


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Poplar (1910)
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1 Cabot Square
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In the neighbourhood...

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The River Thames looking west as photographed from the restaurant at One Canada Place (2018)
Credit: The Underground Map
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Children playing street cricket in Alpha Road, Millwall in August 1938. A ship - the Union Castle line “Dunbar Castle” can be seen in the background. The photo was taken close to its corner with Manilla Street. In the background, behind the dock fence are the West India Docks.
Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The North Pole
Credit: Island History Trust
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L’Avenir in the Millwall Docks (1908)

View of West India Docks from the south east in 1840. This was an age when the British Navy ruled the waves and goods were being shipped to and from London from America, India and Africa. West India Quay was given the name because ships landed here from the Caribbean carrying sugar produced on the plantations of Jamaica by slaves

Beer in the evening
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