London Dock Company

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London Dock Company

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The London Dock Company was established by a group of merchants, shippers, and bankers in 1796 and it was formed in Wapping, East London in 1800. The work on the London Docks began in 1801. They were constructed by hand and required hundreds of labourers, mainly economic migrants from Ireland. The London Dock Company negotiated a 21-year monopoly to manage all vessels carrying rice, tobacco, wine, and brandy (except those from the East and West Indies). In 1864, the London Docks were amalgamated with St Katharine Docks. The docks were closed to shipping in 1969.


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