TQ4078 : Wickes DIY, Woolwich Road

taken 8 years ago, near to Charlton, Greenwich, Great Britain

Wickes DIY, Woolwich Road
Wickes DIY, Woolwich Road
One of several large warehouses in the Charlton area serving the building trade and (perhaps to a lesser extent) the DIY market.

See TQ4078 : Former Wickes store, Gallions Road for the view three years later after the store had closed.
Charlton and Woolwich Riverside industry
East of the Greenwich peninsula, for several kilometres along the south side of the Thames, is one of the last significant remaining areas of industry along the river. There were once many factories in the area between Woolwich Road and the River Thames - Johnson & Phillips, British Ropes, Harvey’s, Stone Manganese & Siemens. Many of these suffered heavy bombing in 1940-41. The Charlton Greyhound Stadium was also in this area. Information courtesy of Paul Talling at LinkExternal link

Most of the heavy industry had gone by the end of the 20th century. Since the 1980s manufacturing has gradually given way to retail and light industry such as warehouses, builders merchants, vehicle repairs, and light engineering. Aggregates handling still takes place along the riverside.

There is a planning masterplan to redevelop the area yet again by 2027, with Marks & Spencers and Sainsbury's superstores, university buildings, hotels and yet more high-rise housing. In 2012/13 demolition of older buildings (including housing on the north side of Woolwich Road) was under way. This sequence of photos is an attempt to record what is left before it disappears.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 18 April, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 19 April, 2010
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Business, Retail, Services 
Shops > Builders' merchants   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 408 785 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.2855N 0:1.6455E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 408 784
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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