Cubitt Town facts for kids
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Cubitt Town is an area on the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets in London, England. It is on the east of the Isle, facing Greenwich across the River Thames. To the west is Millwall, to the northwest Canary Wharf and to the north, across the Blue Bridge, Blackwall. It is in Blackwall & Cubitt Town Ward of Tower Hamlets London Borough Council.
It is named after William Cubitt, Lord Mayor of London (1860–1862), who was responsible for the development of the housing and amenities of the area in the 1840s and 1850s, mainly to house the growing population of workers in the local docks, shipbuilding yards and factories. As it grew, Cubitt also created many local businesses employing manual labourers as well as the streets of housing to accommodate them.
For many years this area was home to a number of shipbuilders, such as Westwood, Baillie, Samuda Brothers, J & W Dudgeon and Yarrow Shipbuilders. Noteworthy ships launched here included
- HMS Prince Albert, the first British warship designed to carry her main armament in gun turrets.
The businesses included those involved in cement, pottery and brick production. Asphalt production was another growth industry, coinciding with the growth, development, and industrialisation of areas throughout the British Isles. In Cubitt Town, the Pyrimont Wharf was developed in 1861 by the Asphalte de Seyssel Company of Thames Embankment (later known as the Seyssel Asphalte Company or Seyssel Pyrimont Asphalte Company), with asphalt production taken over in the 1870s by Claridge's Patent Asphalte Company.
Learning and education
A public library was financed by Andrew Carnegie and built by C. Harrold Norton, being completed in 1905. Will Crooks, the then Mayor of Poplar had attended a meeting at the Guildhall, where Carnegie had promised to fund public libraries. Crooks was able to get a commitment form him to pay for two libraries, this one in Cubitt Town and another in Bromley by Bow. Carnegie agreed to provide £15,000 for both together. The total expense for this building was £6,805 13s 10d, which included some neighbouring land which originally served as a public garden before providing space for an extension to be used a meeting hall and erected in 1962.
The building is currently owned by the Tower Hamlets London Borough Council as part of their library service.
- Cubitt Town School
- St Luke's School
- George Green's School
Cubitt town is home to a number of recreational facilities:
- St John's Park
- Millwall Park
- Island Gardens
- Mudchute, an urban farm described by the local authority as the largest urban farm in Europe
- 135 (Old Street - Crossharbour) since 2008
- D3 (Bethnal Green - Crossharbour) since 1999
- D6 (Ash Grove - Crossharbour) since 1989
- D7 (Mile End - Poplar via Island Gardens and Canary Wharf) since 1989
- D8 (Stratford International - Crossharbour) since 1991
- N550 (Trafalgar Square - Canning Town) since 2008
- 106 (Finsbury Park - Crossharbour) from 1983 to 1989, replaced by D6
- N50 (Trafalgar Square - Gallons Reach Retail Park) from 1995 to 2008, replaced by N550
Cubitt Town is connected to the National Road Network by the north-south Manchester Road A1206.
Cycling & walking
Access across the River Thames is by the Greenwich Foot Tunnel and the National Cycle Route 1 to the west (which also uses the Greenwich Foot Tunnel).
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