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Scandinavian seamen in London

Scandinavia and London
The seamen's churches
The Scandinavian Seamen's Temperance Hostel
The links today
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The links today

The move to Tilbury

The old Norway Dock filled in.
View full size imageThe Norway Dock in 1970.   © NMM
With the closure of the inner London docks, Scandinavian ships no longer come right into London. The Surrey Commercial Docks were among the first to close.

Scandinavian timber exports to London now pass through Tilbury's Conventional Goods Department. 

The churches today

The Scandinavian churches in London are still linked with the seamen's missions. However, with the closure of the inner London docks, their work has changed.

The Norwegian Constitution Day Parade in Southwark Park.
View full size imageThe Norwegian Constitution Day Parade in Southwark Park. © NMM

London is no longer host to hundreds of Scandinavian seamen, and the transient community is no more.

Instead, the churches' pastoral duties are now more likely to involve a visit to the Port of London terminals further downriver.

The churches still attract large congregations, and still act as important centres of community life. However, they now cater for settled or permanent communities of Scandinavians working or studying in London. 



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