Many hands: Trades of the Port of London, 1850-1980
The movement and delivery of goods from and to the wharves, docks and warehouses of London also necessitated a large workforce.
At first the transportation of goods was carried out by horse and cart and canal barge. Later the development of railways and lorries accelerated the process.
Railways and motor vehicles
Lorries also became a regular feature of the port. Many of the larger shipping companies had their own fleet of vehicles.
Shown here is a Union Castle lorry parked alongside the Kenya Castle at the King George V Dock.
Traditional methods remain
This image shows paper being loaded onto wagons at the Surrey Commercial Docks in 1922.
One of the main British sources of paper was Scandinavia, which was also a vital supplier of timber.
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