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Filename: dd004547.jpg

Size: 4207 x 5067 (12.3MB)

Date: 13th September 2019

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Shad Thames DD004547

A view looking west along Shad Thames showing The Cardamom Building in the left foreground and the arch carrying Tower Bridge Road across Shad Thames just visible in the distance. Photographed by Paul Barkshire, 19th March 1983

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Industrial Warehouse


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph, taken by Paul Barkshire on 19th March 1983, captures a moment in time when the industrial character of Shad Thames in London was still prominent. The image looks west along the riverfront, with The Cardamom Building, a distinctive red-brick warehouse, dominating the left foreground. Its large arched windows and loading bays are a testament to the area's past as a bustling hub for commerce and industry. Beyond The Cardamom Building, the arch carrying Tower Bridge Road across Shad Thames is just visible in the distance. The road, with its narrow lanes and cobbled streets, was once a vital artery connecting the docks to the heart of the city. The warehouses and factories lining the riverfront were integral to the transportation and distribution of goods, making Shad Thames a hive of activity. The photograph's industrial aesthetic is further emphasized by the cranes and shipping containers visible in the background. These structures were common sights along the Thames, as the river was a major transportation route for imports and exports. The area's industrial heritage is a reminder of London's rich history as a global trading powerhouse. Paul Barkshire's photograph is a poignant reminder of a time when Shad Thames was a thriving industrial area. Today, the area has undergone significant gentrification, with many of the warehouses transformed into luxury apartments and trendy restaurants. However, the photograph offers a glimpse into the past, providing a valuable record of London's industrial heritage.

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