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London's biggest explosion

Development of Silvertown

Harmful trades

Map of Silvertown
View full size imageSilvertown's location in East London. © NMM
Silvertown developed into an important industrial area during the 19th century. It grew because of the Metropolitan Building Act of 1844, which limited harmful trades inside the boundaries of London. Silvertown was an ideal site for businesses of this kind because it was just outside these boundaries.

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