Mudchute Farm and Park 4

Mudchute Canary Colour

View from Mudchute Park of Canary Wharf December 2011.

Mudchute Farm and Park was created on wasteland left by the building of Millwall (or as the locals say Mill-Wall!) dock in the 19th Century. The earth excavated building the dock was moved via a conveyer or mudchute, hence the name and dumped in the middle of the Isle of Dogs. There it remained for a century or so apparently forming a fertile wilderness until the 1970's when the Mudchute organisation was formed to establish and protect the park in the face of plans to build a high rise estate on the land.
During world War Two an area of the site was used for the construction of anti aircraft batteries and four Ak Ak (as the anti aircraft guns were known) were located there. One gun of a similar type, pictured on a previous page, has been returned to the park and refurbished with Lottery money in order to be a museum piece displaying part of Mudchutes history. Thanks to Wikipedia and local residents for this info!

Mudchute Sunset

View from Mudchute Park, December evening 2011.

As I mentioned at the start of this The Isle of Dogs is a strange place with a peculiar vibe. It feels so distant from London although is obviously an integral and geographically close, part of its past, present and future.
The plush housing developments built around the old dockyards that one passes on the DLR give way to the financial tower blocks of Canary Wharf and then to the flat expanse of Mudchute and Island Gardens below it where housing estates, 1930's semi detached houses, expensive apartments, a Lidl store, football pitches and old pubs all sit cheek by jowl where bustling docks once existed.
I will go back ASAP and have a pint in the Ferry Inn near Island Gardens and continue my investigations.

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