St. Katherines Dock
Just yards away from the Tower of London on this picturesque 23 acre site stood 1,250 squalid house, a brewery and an historic church. In the early 1820's they were all demolished - with 11,300 dispossessed - and docks were built by Thomas Telford. They provided 1.25 million square feet of storage for tea, rubber, marbles and live turtles. However, they could not accommodate large vessels and were never a financial success. In 1968 they were sold for £1.5 million which was less than their original cost. The building firm Taylor Woodrow now holds the 125 year lease.

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