|Norway Dock, at the top, under|
construction in early 1811.
The dock to its south was
Greenland Dock, before it had
been extended to twice its
|Norway Dock, with Lady Dock|
on the other side of the bridge,
both floating timber. 1876.
When it was complete, Norway dock was connected to Greenland Dock, with no independent access to the Thames. All vessels using Norway Dock would first enter Greenland Dock and then enter through Norway Cut, the connection passage between the two.
|Timber handling at the Surrey Commercial Docks, 1930s|
South Dock. At this time it was connected to Greenland Dock, making it a part of the linear network of docks owned by the Commercial Dock Company. Lavender Pond was provided with a lock and a lift bridge to connect it to Russia Dock and the Grand Surrey Canal.
In 1860 Lavender Pond was provided with its own lock entrance out onto the Thames. Lavender dock has an interesting story of its own and will be discussed in a later post.
|Aeriel photograph dating to the 1920s showing |
Norway Dock, and the road passing over
the cut between Norway Dock and Lady Dock.
Greenland Dock is the big dock to the right,
having been extended at the turn of the Century.
By 1929 A.G. Linney could see the writing on the wall for the peaceful outlier ponds: "Globe Pond has disappeared, filled in. Acorn Pond remains, as yet not much diminished, though the coming changes have removed a portion of that, too. The glory of this great trinity of water spaces, where the rafts of pitch, waney and Oregon pine float and sway, is dying before the remorseless hand of necessity. I sadly realize that within some few months the grass-banked rim of Lavender Pond and Acorn Pond will vanish." He also describes numerous breeds of gull, ducks, herons, coots, snipes, kingfishers and swans as well as carp.
Today Norway Dock is occupied by the development known as The Lakes. The residential buildings themselves, erected between 1988 and 1996 by Shepheard Epstein and Hunter, are nothing special in architectural terms but the terraced and particularly the semi-detatched houses are novel in being built out into the large shallow body of water that was formerly Norway Dock. The dock was filled in after the closure of the Surrey Commercial Docks in 1969, but was re-excavated when The Lakes were conceived, to create a scenic and shallow water feature for the residents for whom it was designed. Norway Dock is also overlooked by Finland Quay, an apartment complex that was built in 1987-9 by Richard Reid.
|Golfish in Norway Dock in the 1990s|
|Norway Cut swing bridge|
|Globe Pond today|
|And in 1906, with Greenland Dock the long thin dock|
at the right, and Norway, Lady, Acorn, Lavender and
Globe extending to the left of the picture along the top