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The Guard House at the West India Docks.

The Guard House at the West India Docks.
Guard House at the West India Docks.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: Dcp02323
Description: The round Guard House, one of two built in 1802-03. This served as an armoury for the dock guards. It was outside the original perimeter moat, but was linked to the dock by a drawbridge. Security was extremely important for the early docks - one of the main reasons for building enclosed docks was to prevent the widespread pilfering that had taken place on the river.
Creator: Simon Niziol
Date: June 2003
Credit line: Simon Niziol
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