1200

1200s

In Medieval times, the Isle of Dogs was known as Stepney Marsh and in the 13th Century was drained to support meadows and pastures as well as cornfield.

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1500

1500s

In the late 1500's, the Port of London was alive with activity, trade was expanding and Docklands became a point of departure for merchant ventures - in 1620 the Mayflower set sail from Rotherhithe to America.

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1800

1800s

West India Docks by William Danielle 1805

In 1802 the West India Docks opened and were considered to be the country's greatest civil engineering structure of its day.

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1920

1920s

Royal Docks in the early 1900's

In July 1921 the King George V Dock in the Royal Docks was opened by the King.

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1930

1930s

By the 1930's the Port of London carried 35 million tons of cargo, worth approximately £700m carried by 55,000 ship movements and served by more than 10,000 lighters.

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1940

1940s

Fruit reefer boats in the late 1940's

Mass bombings of Docklands begin during the Second World War including Black Saturday, 7th September: 430 dead, 1,600 seriously injured, 10,000 homeless.

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1960

1960s

Canary Wharf

1961 saw the peak year for the docks when over 60 million tons of cargo was handled.

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1970

1970s

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 - West India Dock closed in 1980.

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1980 - 1981

1980 - 1981

The London Docklands Development Corporation was created by the local Government Planning and Land Act 1980.

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1982 - 1985

1982 - 1985

The Isle of Dogs becomes an Enterprise Zone which offered tax allowances to both investors and developers. The enterprise zone designation had a 10 year life cycle.

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1987

1987

Canary Wharf - mid 1987

Docklands Light Railway opened. London City Airport opened. Canary Wharf contract signed. The Newham Compact signed.

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1988

1988

Construction begins at Canary Wharf.

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1990

1990

'The Tower' - One Canada Square

Steel pyramid is placed at top of One Canada Square.

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1991

1991

First tenants (State Street) move to Canary Wharf.

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1992

1992

Design for the entrance to Canary Wharf Station, Jubilee Line

Olympia & York Canary Wharf Ltd goes into Administration.

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1993

1993

The Limehouse Link connecting The Highway

Working population 7,000.

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1994

1994

27 shops and restaurants.

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1995

1995

DLR weekend service commences.

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1996

1996

Citibank signs deal for 560,000 sq ft new building to be constructed.

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1997

1997

Working population 19,000.

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1998

1998

80 shops and restaurants.

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1999

1999

Canary Wharf Group plc ("CWG") floats on London Stock Exchange.

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2000

2000

Canada Place retail mall opened, 100% pre-let.

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2001

2001

Lehman Brothers agrees to lease 1 million sq ft in Bank Street.

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2002

2002

Waitrose Food & Home store opens 100,000 sq ft branch.

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2003

2003

East Wintergarden

CWG and London Underground Limited announce future improvements to Jubilee Line to provide an overall increase in capacity of up to 45%.

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2004

2004

Offer from subsidiary of Songbird Estates plc declared wholly unconditional.

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2005

2005

British Waterways names CWG as preferred partner in mixed use -development of Wood Wharf site, to East of Canary Wharf.

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2006

2006

CWG pre-sells leasehold interests in 20 Churchill Place.

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2007

2007

CWG announces that exchange of contracts with Barclays Capital to lease over 300,000sq ft at 40 Bank Street.

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2008

2008

Cabot Place West 38,000 sq ft retail development opens in Canary Wharf with Zara as the anchor tenant.

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2009

2009

Park Pavilion

Construction starts on Crossrail project.

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2010

2010

Drapers Gardens, First building constructed by CWG in City of London, successfully let to BlackRock.

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2011

2011

Boisdale of Canary Wharf opens in Cabot Place; it is one of London’s largest restaurants, complete with nightly live jazz, the greatest whisky and cigar on the planet, and the finest Scottish food

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2012

2012

CWG acquires Wood Wharf Partnership to the east of Canary Wharf. When developed, Wood Wharf will expand the existing Estate by a third with a new, mixed use community comprising 4.6m square feet

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