Last Alteration: Sunday 07 April 2013

Irongate/St. Katharine's Wharves

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51°30'22"-00°04'26" show decimal

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Irongate/St. Katharine's Wharves
St. Katharine's Way, London

Irongate Wharf's history goes back to the 16th Century, known as a place where grain was landed for the city. The original wharf was destroyed by fire in 1846, but was back in use by 1854, becoming the major London base for the General Steam Navigation Company, who owned both it and the adjacent St. Katharine's Wharf. St. Katharine's was itself built in 1828 to enable larger ships to dock beside the river to unload to the six-storey warehouses of the docks.

The docks closed in 1968, and both wharves were demolished in the early 1970s and their warehouses are now the site of the Tower Hotel, which opened in 1973.

How to get here:

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Underground (District/Circle): Tower Hill - Exit the station and then walk down the steps outside the station. Follow the path around the Tower to the left, and through the subway to the opposite side of Tower Bridge Road. Turn right and follow the road to the Thames side, and the wharf is to the left. +

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Bus: Tower Hill Bus Map - Bus stop TL is the nearest stop. The wharf is just to the south on this side of the bridge. +

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableWharfside

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Photograph taken: 13th August 2006 by Chuck Foster

The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 27 Aug 1964
The time travellers look across the river from where they've landed.

The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 27 Aug 1964
Robomen block off escape for the Doctor and Ian.

 

Additional Notes:

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Butler's Wharf - The wharf can be seen on the opposite bank of the Thames.

Where to walk to next?

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St. Katharine's Dock (The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Talons of Weng-Chiang). Head east and then cross the lock, heading left up to the dock area.

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Tower Bridge (The Web of Fear, Aliens of London). Head west and head up the steps onto the bridge.

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Tower of London (The Web of Fear, The Christmas Invasion, The Day of The Doctor). Head west and through the tunnel under the bridge; this brings you out by the Tower near to Traitor's Gate.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Butler's Wharf (The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Resurrection of the Daleks): 0.18 miles.

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Shad Thames (Resurrection of the Daleks): 0.19 miles.

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Lafone Street (Resurrection of the Daleks): 0.20 miles.

Further links about the location:

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East London Postcards - Postcard showing St Katharine's and Irongate Wharves

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Port Cities London - Irongate Wharf mention

Also seen in:

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The XYY Man: At The Bottom of the River.

Related Stories

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The Dalek Invasion of Earth [27 Aug 1964]: Robomen on patrol.

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