Photographer's Note

In the early 1900's this area of London was a thriving dockland area. Over 100,000 dockers and ancillary workers were dependent on the Port of London Authority (PLA) for employment, of whom over 30,000 were actually employed by the PLA itself.

1961 saw the peak year for the docks when over 60 million tons of cargo was handled. New technology and containerisation meant that London Docklands couldn't keep up with its competitors and by the early 1970's most of the docks had closed.

Since then the area has recieved massive investment and has been regenerated to provide home to many of the biggest banks and investment companies. Canary Wharf Tower, seen in the middle here was opened in 1991. Citibank, seen on the right has its corporate front office here and was finished in 1998. HSBC, seen just behind Canary Wharf Tower have their headquarters here which was finished in 2001.

The working population at the end of 2002 was estimated at 55,000.

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