Road accident in Cotton Street
Road accident in Cotton Street
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Road accident in Cotton Street
A timber beam slips off a truck carrying a heavy load, attracting a large crowd of on-lookers at the corner of Cotton Street and East India Dock Road, Poplar. On the left, a horse-drawn cart loaded with sacks moves around the lorry. Behind, two lorries head south down Cotton Street, one carrying wooden barrels, the other a similar load of timber beams. Behind the crowd on the right is the Eagle Tavern public house at 182 East India Dock Road. Advertisements for Taylor Walker's prize beers are visible. Two young men stand with bicycles in the lower right corner. The tramlines along East India Dock road can be seen set into the cobble stones. An ornate street lamp in Cotton Street is also visible. The truck is a first world war American Riker with wooden wheels and solid tyres which has been repurposed and given a 1929 registration plate. The early nineteenth-century two-storey tenements with basements on Cotton Street no longer exist, and the pub was damaged by bombing during World War II and was demolished. The site is now a public grassed area with trees and Cotton Street has been comprehensively redeveloped, with modern flats now occupying the site of the old terraced housing.
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