Rotherhithe Tunnel ventilation shaft in Shadwell
Rotherhithe Tunnel ventilation shaft in Shadwell
Rotherhithe Tunnel ventilation shaft in Shadwell
Rotherhithe Tunnel ventilation shaft, Shadwell, looking south-east. There is a lamp post outside the shaft. At the left is the derelict Linde British Refrigeration Works warehouse at New Star Wharf, 54-58 Lower Shadwell. Beyond that is the derelict Shadwell Fish Market. In the foreground is empty space with litter on it, and four boys playing near a cairn of bricks which is surrounded by a low brick wall. There is a girl outside the shaft and also trucks and two carts outside the fish market. The ventilation shaft is one of an identical pair (the second being at the other end of the tunnel on the south bank of the river) designed by Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice for the London Country Council. It opened in 1908 and was Grade II listed in 1983, listing number 1260101. The Refrigeration Works warehouse opened in 1887 and stored frozen geese and chicken from Russia, which were shipped on to London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. The fish market opened in 1885 as competition with Billingsgate but did not prosper, was sold to the City of London Corporation in 1901 and closed in 1914. The Refrigeration Works and Shadwell Fish Market no longer exist; the King Edward VII Memorial Park, which opened in 1922 and was Shadwell’s first park, is now on the site.
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