Saturday, June 25, 2016

Stuart Rankin's Rotherhithe shipbuilding books are available online for the first time

After many years, Stuart Rankin has now managed to secure the copyright on the booklets that he wrote many years ago about shipbuilding and shipyards in Rotherhithe, at a time when the fringes of Rotherhithe were laced with shipbuilding and shipbreaking yards.  Even better, he has made them available online for download.

Stuart's work is the result of years of trawling through archives for original documentation in order to track the history of individual people, ships, buildings and properties, and as a result his research boasts a high level of accuracy.  At the same time, the booklets are very digestible, with many maps and illustrations, and together they provide a brilliant background to Rotherhithe's complex past.

Every one of my own shipping and history posts starts with Stuart Rankin's booklets, and without them I would never have got started.  It is great news that they are now available to everyone.  

Shipbuilding in Rotherhithe – Bull Head Dock to the Pageants – Parts 1 and 2, The Nelson Dockyard, Greenland Dock and Barnard’s Wharf [ebooks]. £5.55 for all four booklets (a bargain).  A payment of 5p per order is made to Help The Heroes.
Here's the link:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Rotherhithe – Canary Wharf Bridge short-listed in New London Awards 2016

One of the designs proposed for a much-needed pedestrian and cycle bridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf has been short-listed in the Transport and Infrastructure of the New London Awards 2016.   The Rotherhithe Bridge design is proposed by Sustrans and the reForm/Elliott Wood team and the website dedicated to the structure, complete with animations, can be found at:
Over 130 projects across 15 categories have been shortlisted for the New London Awards 2016, recognising the very best new and proposed architecture, planning and development in the capital.  In conjunction with the London Festival of Architecture, Londoners are invited to select their favourite from the shortlist for the People’s Choice Award. All category winners, Overall Winner and the New Londoner of the Year will be announced on 7 July at the NLA Annual Lunch at the Guildhall, attended by 700 of the capital’s leading decision-makers and professionals across development, design, planning and construction.

To see all the projects short-listed in the Transport and Infrastructure category see: (opens as a PDF).

How to Vote

Votes can be cast throughout June in one of three alternative ways:

1. Visit the NLA galleries at The Building Centre and fill in one of the voting cards

2. View the full shortlist online of projects in the category (opens as a PDF). Then tweet your choice from your own Twitter account by entering the following into the Componse New Tweet field:  “I vote for  ……….  #NLAwards16 @nlalondon” (where the dots are Rotherhithe Bridge)

3. Email with “I vote for Rotherhithe Bridge – Transport Infrastructure in the New London Awards”