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The Isle of Dogs is a former island in the East End of London that is surrounded on three sides (east, south and west) by one of the largest meanders in the River Thames. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. A meander in general is a bend in a sinuous watercourse also known as an oxbow loop or simply an Oxbow. The Thames ( is a major River flowing through southern England. To the north, are the West India Docks, and the only road access to the island is across the two bridges that cross the eastern and western entrances to the dock. The West India Docks are a series of three docks on the Isle of Dogs in London. It is part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and part of the London Docklands. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets ( is a London borough to the east of the City of London, England and north of the River Thames in East Docklands is the semi-official name for an area in the east of London, England, comprising parts of several boroughs ( Southwark, Tower Hamlets
The name Isle of Dogs is first recorded in 1588 (see below), but had been in use for some years before this.  Brewer's 1898 Dictionary of Phrase and Fable attributes the name: "So called from being the receptacle of the greyhounds of Edward III. Edward III (13 November 1312 &ndash 21 June 1377 was one of the most successful English monarchs of the Middle Ages. Some say it is a corruption of the Isle of Ducks, and that it is so called in ancient records from the number of wild fowl inhabiting the marshes".  Other sources discount this, believing these stories to all derive from the antiquarian Stype, and believe it might come from:
The reality is that the origin of the name remains an enigma.
The whole area was once simply known as Stepney Marsh, the name Isle of Dogges first occurs in the Thamesis Descriptio of 1588, applied to a small island in the south-western part of the peninsula. The name is next applied to the Isle of Dogs Farm (originally known as Pomfret Manor), shown on a map of 1683. At the same time, the area was variously known as Isle of Dogs, or the Blackwell levels. By 1855, it was incorporated within the parish of Poplar, under the aegis of the Poplar Board of Works. Poplar is an area of the East End of London in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. This was incorporated into the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar on its formation in 1900. The Metropolitan Borough of Poplar was between 1900 and 1965 a Metropolitan borough in the County of London. 
After the building of the Docks (especially the West India Docks and the adjacent City Canal), and with an increasing population, locals increasingly referred to the area as The Island. The West India Docks are a series of three docks on the Isle of Dogs in London. The City Canal was a short and short-lived Canal excavated across the Isle of Dogs in east London, linking two reaches of the River Thames Between 1986 and 1992, it enjoyed a brief formal existence, as the name Isle of Dogs was applied to one of seven neighbourhoods, to whom power was devolved from the council. This resulted in replacement of much of the street signage in the area, that remains in place. The neighbourhood was abolished on a further change of power.  This area includes Millwall, Cubitt Town, and Blackwall. For the football team see Millwall FC. Millwall is an area in London, on the western side of the Isle of Dogs, in Cubitt Town is an area on the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets in London, England. This entry concerns the area of London known as Blackwall For the type of merchant sailing ship first built there and named after it see Blackwall Frigate The south of the isle, opposite Greenwich, was once known as North Greenwich, now applied to the area around the Millennium Dome on the Greenwich Peninsula. Greenwich ( ˈɡrɛnɪtʃ GREN-itch /ˈɡrɛnɪdʒ/ GREN-idge or /ˈɡrɪnɪdʒ/ GRIN-idge is a district in south-east London, The Millennium Dome, often referred to simply as The Dome, is the original name of a large Dome -shaped building originally used to house
It was the site of the highest concentration of council housing in England, but is now best known as the location of the prestigious Canary Wharf office complex. The council house is a form of public or social housing in the United Kingdom. Canary Wharf is a large business and shopping development in London, located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, centred on the old West India Docks One Canada Square, also known as the Canary Wharf Tower, is the tallest habitable building in Britain, at 244 metres (800 ft) high. One Canada Square (also known as the Canary Wharf Tower) is a Skyscraper in Canary Wharf, London.  The peninsula is an area of social extremes, comprising some of the most prosperous and most deprived areas of the country; nearby Blackwall is the 81st poorest ward in England, out of over 8,000, while the presence of Canary Wharf gives the area one of the highest average incomes in the UK. This entry concerns the area of London known as Blackwall For the type of merchant sailing ship first built there and named after it see Blackwall Frigate England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland 
The Isle of Dogs is situated some distance downriver from the City of London. For London as a whole see the main article London. The City of London is a geographically The area was originally a sparsely populated marshland before its drainage and planting in the 13th century. A catastrophic breach in the riverside embankment occurred in 1488, resulting in the area returning to its original marshy condition. This was not reversed until Dutch engineers successfully re-drained it in the 17th century. The Dutch people ( Dutch:) are the dominant Ethnic group of the Netherlands.
One road led across the Marshes to an ancient ferry, at Ferry Road. There was rich grazing on the marsh, and cattle were killed for market in fields known as the Killing Fields, south of Poplar High Street.
The western side of the island was known as Marsh Wall, the district became known as Millwall with the building of the docks, and from the number of windmills constructed along the top of the flood defence. A windmill is a machine that is powered by the energy of the wind
The urbanisation of the Isle of Dogs took place in the 19th century following the construction of the West India Docks, which opened in 1802. Urbanizationn (also spelled urbanisation) is the physical growth of Urban areas into rural or natural land as a result of population in-migration to an existing The 19th century of the Common Era began on January 1, 1801 and ended on December 31, 1900, according to the Gregorian calendar The West India Docks are a series of three docks on the Isle of Dogs in London. This heralded the area's most successful period, when it became an important centre for trade. The East India Docks were subsequently opened in 1806, followed by Millwall Dock in 1868. The East India Docks was a small group of Docks in the Blackwall area of East London just north of the Isle of Dogs. Millwall Dock is a dock at Millwall, south of Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs, in London. By the 1880s, the casual system caused Dock workers to unionise under Ben Tillett and John Burns. Benjamin Tillett ( September 11, 1860 &ndash January 27, 1943) was a British socialist, Trade union leader and John Elliot Burns ( 20 October 1858 – 24 January 1943) was a prominent English Trade unionist anti-racist Socialist  This lead to a demand for 6d per hour (2. 5p), and an end to casual labour in the docks. After a bitter struggle, the London Dock Strike of 1889 was settled with victory for the strikers, and established a national movement for the unionisation of casual workers. The London Dock Strike was an industrial dispute involving dock workers in the Port of London.
The three dock systems were unified in 1909 when the Port of London Authority took control of the docks. The Port of London lies along the banks of the River Thames from London, England to the North Sea. With the docks stretching across from East to West with locks at each end, the Isle of Dogs could now once again almost be described as a genuine island.
Dock workers settled on the "island" as the docks grew in importance, and by 1901, 21,000 people lived there, largely dependent on the river trade on the Isle as well as in Greenwich and Deptford across the river to the south and west. Deptford is an area on the south bank of the River Thames in south-east London. The Isle of Dogs was connected to the rest of London by the London and Blackwall Railway, opened in 1840 and progressively extended thereafter. Originally called the Commercial Railway, the London & Blackwall Railway was a Railway line that originally ran from the Minories to Blackwall In 1902, the ferry to Greenwich was replaced by the construction of the Greenwich foot tunnel, and Island Gardens park was laid out in 1895 providing views across the river. The Greenwich foot tunnel is a pedestrian Tunnel crossing beneath the River Thames in South East London, linking the London Borough of Greenwich Island Gardens is a public park located at the southern end of the Isle of Dogs - hence the name 'Island' - in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the north bank
During World War II, the docks were a key target for the German Luftwaffe and were heavily bombed. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including Nazi Germany and the Third Reich are the common English names for Germany under the regime of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers ( German 'luftvafe is a generic German term for an Air force. A significant number of local civilians were killed in the bombing and extensive destruction was caused on the ground, with many warehouses being totally destroyed and much of the dock system being put out of action for an extended period. Unexploded bombs from this period continue to be discovered today. Unexploded ordnance (or UXO s/ UXB s sometimes acronymized as UO) are explosive Weapons ( Bombs Bullets shells  Anti-aircraft Batteries were based on Mudchute farm; their concrete bases remain today. Anti-aircraft warfare, or air defense, is any method of engaging hostile military Aircraft in defence of ground objectives, ground or naval forces Mudchute is the name of a locality just south of Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs in Docklands, London, England.
After the war, the docks underwent a brief resurgence and were even upgraded in 1967. However, with the advent of containerisation, which the docks could not handle, they became obsolete soon afterwards. Containerization (or containerisation) is a system of Intermodal freight transport Cargo Transport using standard ISO containers The docks closed progressively during the 1970s, with the last – the West India and Millwall docks – closing down in 1980. This left the area in a severely dilapidated state, with large areas being derelict and abandoned.
The Docks brought with them many associated industries, such as flour and sugar processing, and also ship building. On January 31, 1858, the largest ship of that time, the SS Great Eastern designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was launched from the yard of Messrs Scott, Russell & Co, of Millwall. Events 1504 - France cedes Naples to Aragon. 1606 - Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes Year 1858 ( MDCCCLVIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common History Concept After the Great Exhibition of 1851 which had publicized Australia's wealth and natural resources waves of people were eager to emigrate from Isambard Kingdom Brunel, FRS (9 April 1806 &ndash 15 September 1859 (ˈɪzəmbɑrd ˈkɪŋdəm brʊˈnɛl was a British Engineer. The 211 metres (690 ft) length was too wide for the river, and the ship had to be launched sideways. Due to the technical difficulties of the launch, this was the last big ship to be built on the Island, and the industry fell into a decline.
The Isle of Dogs' economic problems led to mass unemployment among the former dockyard workers and caused serious social deprivation. The local community highlighted its problems on 3 March 1970 by declaring the Isle of Dogs to be an "independent republic", with its own elected president, community leader Ted Johns. Events 1284 - Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England 1575 - Indian Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.  Successive Labour and Conservative governments proposed a number of action plans during the 1970s but it was not until 1981 that the London Docklands Development Corporation was established to redevelop the area. The Labour Party is a Political party in the United Kingdom. Founded at the start of the 20th century it has been since the 1920s the principal party of the The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is a Political party in the United Kingdom. The London Docklands Development Corporation ( LDDC) was a Quango agency set up by the UK Government in 1981 to regenerate the depressed The Isle of Dogs became part of an enterprise zone, which covered 1. Urban Enterprise Zones ( UEZ s also known as Enterprise Zones encourage development in blighted neighborhoods by offering entrepreneurs and investors tax and regulatory 95 km² of land and encompassed the West India, Millwall and East India Docks. New housing was built, as was new office space and new transport infrastructure. This included the Docklands Light Railway and later the Jubilee Line extension, which eventually brought access to the London Underground to the area for the first time. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR is a Light rail system serving the redeveloped Docklands area of East London England. The Jubilee line is a line on the London Underground ("the Tube" in the United Kingdom. The London Underground is a Metro system serving a large part of Greater London and neighbouring areas of Essex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire
Since its construction in 1987-1991, the area has been dominated by the expanding Canary Wharf development with to date over 14 million square feet (437,000 m²) of office and retail space having been created; 93,000 now work in Canary Wharf alone. Canary Wharf is a large business and shopping development in London, located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, centred on the old West India Docks 
It has been argued by some that the redevelopment has not benefited the indigenous population as much as it might, with accusations of a "land grab" of riverside sites for private apartment blocks during the period of relaxation of planning conditions under the LDDC.  Some tensions remain, as in most areas of central London, between the close-knit island community and professionals who have more recently moved to the area. Today, this revolves around the formers' need for family homes, against further development of small high priced apartments. 
There has also been criticism of the landscape architecture and urban design standards achieved in post-1980 redevelopment of the Isle of Dogs. The tendency has been to plan tower blocks in rather vacant open spaces, instead of creating pedestrian-friendly spaces, and the emphasis has been on mechanised transport (car and train) instead of green transport. Green transport is a category of Sustainable transport which uses human power animal power and Renewable energy.
The Island achieved notoriety in 1993 when Derek Beackon of the British National Party became a councillor for Millwall ward, in a by election. Derek William Beackon is a former UK school bus driver who achieved nationwide notoriety after winning a Millwall council seat for the Far-right British National The British National Party (BNP is a Far-right and whites only political party in the United Kingdom. For the football team see Millwall FC. Millwall is an area in London, on the western side of the Isle of Dogs, in A by-election or bye-election (called special election in the United States) is an Election held to fill a political office that has become vacant This was the culmination of years of resentment by local residents of perceived neglect by both Liberal Democrat and Labour Party politicians. The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal Political party in the United Kingdom, formed in 1988 by merging the The Labour Party is a Political party in the United Kingdom. Founded at the start of the 20th century it has been since the 1920s the principal party of the  Labour regained the ward in the full council election of May 1994, and held all three seats until a further by election in September 2004.
In the 2006 local elections all six Isle of Dogs council seats, including those in Blackwall & Cubitt Town ward were won by the Conservatives. Local government elections took place in England (only on Thursday 4 May, 2006. This entry concerns the area of London known as Blackwall For the type of merchant sailing ship first built there and named after it see Blackwall Frigate Cubitt Town is an area on the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets in London, England. The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is a Political party in the United Kingdom.
Currently, the only river boat pier on the island is Masthouse Terrace pier. This list covers Primary school and Secondary schools in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Poplar is an area of the East End of London in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Limehouse is a place in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is on the northern bank of the River Thames opposite Rotherhithe and between Ratcliff Rotherhithe is a district of central south-east London in the London Borough of Southwark. Stepney is an inner-city district in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Deptford is an area on the south bank of the River Thames in south-east London. Greenwich ( ˈɡrɛnɪtʃ GREN-itch /ˈɡrɛnɪdʒ/ GREN-idge or /ˈɡrɪnɪdʒ/ GRIN-idge is a district in south-east London, Canary Wharf tube station is a London Underground station on the Jubilee Line, between Canada Water and North Greenwich. Canary Wharf DLR station is a Docklands Light Railway (DLR station in London, England. Crossharbour is a DLR station west of Cubitt Town on the Isle of Dogs in east London. Heron Quays DLR station is a station on the Isle of Dogs in east London on the Docklands Light Railway. Island Gardens DLR station is a Docklands Light Railway station on the Isle of Dogs, just north of the River Thames. Mudchute DLR station is a Light rail station in London, on the Isle of Dogs near to Millwall Dock. South Quay is a Docklands Light Railway station on the Isle of Dogs, in London. West India Quay DLR station is a station on the Docklands Light Railway in London, England. London Buses route 277 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. London Buses route D3 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. London Buses route 135 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. This is the only pier for the Riverbus service on the Isle of Dogs. The regular boat services are provided by Thames Clipper, Canary Wharf Pier, situated at the Canary Riverside, just north of the island is the other nearest pier. Thames Clipper is a water-bus service operating in London on the River Thames. The Canary Wharf Pier is a London River Services Pier on the River Thames in London, UK. Thames Clipper provide regular commuter services to Woolwich Arsenal Pier, Greenwich Pier in the east and the City of London: St. Woolwich Arsenal Pier, also known as the Royal Arsenal Pier Woolwich, is a Pier on the River Thames, in Woolwich in the London Borough Greenwich Pier is a Pier on the River Thames in the London borough of Greenwich, UK. For London as a whole see the main article London. The City of London is a geographically Katherine's Dock, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Greater London Authority building, Tate Modern, Blackfriars and the West End of London in the west on the commuter service, as well as a shuttle service to Rotherhithe and the Tate to Tate service from Tate Modern to Tate Britain via London Eye. Tower Millennium Pier is a Pier on the River Thames, in London, UK. Early history The Town class cruisers were constrained to less than 10000 tons by the Washington Naval Treaty. The Greater London Authority ( GLA) is the city-wide governing body for London, England. The Tate Modern in London is Britain 's national museum of international Modern art and is with Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Blackfriars is an area of central London, which lies in the south-west corner of the City of London. The West End of London is an area of Central London, England, containing many of the city's major tourist attractions businesses headquarters and the commercial Rotherhithe is a district of central south-east London in the London Borough of Southwark. The Tate Modern in London is Britain 's national museum of international Modern art and is with Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate Britain is a part of the Tate gallery network in Britain, with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, is the tallest (its height is) Ferris wheel in Europe, and has become the most popular paid tourist From Summer 2007, the service has been enhanced with express boats from central London to the O2 Arena (former Millennium Dome). London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. The O2 is a large entertainment district including an indoor arena a music club a cinema an exhibition space piazzas and bars and restaurants built within a large dome-shaped The Millennium Dome, often referred to simply as The Dome, is the original name of a large Dome -shaped building originally used to house
The Thames Path National Trail runs along the riverside. The Thames Path is a National Trail, opened in 1996 following the length of the River Thames from its source near Kemble in Gloucestershire At the southern end of the Isle of Dogs, the Greenwich foot tunnel provides pedestrian access to Greenwich, across the river. The Greenwich foot tunnel is a pedestrian Tunnel crossing beneath the River Thames in South East London, linking the London Borough of Greenwich Greenwich ( ˈɡrɛnɪtʃ GREN-itch /ˈɡrɛnɪdʒ/ GREN-idge or /ˈɡrɪnɪdʒ/ GRIN-idge is a district in south-east London,
National Cycle Network route 1 runs through the foot tunnel (although cycles must not be ridden in the tunnel itself). The National Cycle Network is a network of cycle routes in the United Kingdom.
The Isle of Dogs was the title of an early play by Ben Jonson and Thomas Nashe, briefly performed in 1597 and then thoroughly suppressed as slanderous. The Isle of Dogs is a play by Thomas Nashe and Ben Jonson which was performed in 1597. Benjamin Jonson ( c 11 June 1572 &ndash 6 August 1637) was an English Renaissance Dramatist
In modern times the Isle of Dogs has provided locations for many blockbuster films, including the opening scenes of the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough, and more recently Batman Begins, The Constant Gardener, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Love Actually. The World Is Not Enough is a 1999 film&mdashthe nineteenth entry in the James Bond series, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as Batman Begins is a 2005 American Superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman, directed by The Constant Gardener is a 2005 Drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy adventure Film, based on the novel of the same name by Love Actually is a 2003 British Romantic comedy Film written and directed by Richard Curtis.
In the movie 28 Weeks Later, the Isle of Dogs is the primary location of the film, being the only secure and quarantined area in all of Britain suitable for recivilization after a massive infection. 28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British post-apocalyptic Horror film, and Sequel to the 2002 film 28 Days Later
In the 1960s and 1970s it was used in many British movies while still a working port. More recent films featuring the Isle of Dogs include:
Television shows using the location include Primeval (2007). 28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic Science fiction film directed by Danny Boyle. 28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British post-apocalyptic Horror film, and Sequel to the 2002 film 28 Days Later Alfie is a 2004 American-British Romantic comedy film starring Jude Law as the title character Basic Instinct 2, also known as Basic Instinct 2 Risk Addiction, is a 2006 Film, being the long awaited sequel to 1992's Batman Begins is a 2005 American Superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman, directed by The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 spy mystery Thriller film loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name The Constant Gardener is a 2005 Drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles. Green Street is a 2005 Drama film about Football hooliganism in England. Johnny English is a British comic Film Parodying the James Bond Secret agent genre released in 2003 Layer Cake is a 2004 British Gangster thriller, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The Long Good Friday is a British Gangster film starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. Love Actually is a 2003 British Romantic comedy Film written and directed by Richard Curtis. Mr Bean's Holiday (also known as Bean 2, Bean on Holiday and French Bean) is a Comedy film starring Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy adventure Film, based on the novel of the same name by Patriot Games is a 1992 film based on the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. Revolver is a 2005 movie written and directed by Guy Ritchie. Spice World is a debut feature film of the four-time BRIT Award -winning English pop Girl group The Spice Girls directed The World Is Not Enough is a 1999 film&mdashthe nineteenth entry in the James Bond series, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as Primeval is a British Science fiction Television programme produced for ITV by Impossible Pictures.
In the television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mr. The Man from UNCLE is an American television series that was broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January Waverly's private blend of pipe tobacco was called Isle of Dogs #22.