Colin Grainger

Pictures from our past – Newham’s Royal Docks

Here’s a picture I have treasured since my childhood – and hangs proudly on the wall of my home.

It’s Newham’s Royal Docks, seen in its former glories in the early 70s.

The packed docks show how busy the Royals were back then, the lifeblood of the area.

In my schooldays in the 60s at Drew County Primary, Silvertown, each class had an adopted ship. Ours was a Glen Line vessel, the Glenorchy, which we could see moored in the docks from the roof of our school.

We were lucky enough to be taken on board. One pupil caused a stir when he stayed on board. He made it as far as Southend!

Happy days.



One Comment

  1. Peter Worsley
    December 4, 2015

    I would like to use the Royal Docks picture in our Then & Now series in Evergreen magazine, possibly next summer. Please let me know if you are happy and we can discuss it further.
    Best wishes,
    Peter Worsley (Assistant Editor)
    Evergreen magazine, Cheltenham 01242-225783

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This article was written on 04 Apr 2013, and is filed under East London, History, London, Newham, Reflections of the past, Schools, Silvertown.

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