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Saunders Ness Road

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Island History Trust Image Collection


An outing to the Wembley Exhibition, mid 1920s, from Storey's in Saunders Ness Road. The firm was Pinchin & Johnson & Co. Ltd., varnish makers. The site (known locally as Storey's) in what was previously Wharf Road, on the river bank opposite Christ Church, Isle of Dogs. Private housing was built here in the 1980s and the site re-named Caledonian Wharf. Its industrial history dates beck to the 1860s when it was the yard and works of William Cubitt, master builder and developer of Cubitt Town. By the 1890s the firm of David Storer & Son, paint manufacturers, had taken over, thus establishing the name in local tradition. It was flanked on either side by a dry dock for ship repair. Poplar Dry Dock to the west, later Empire Wharf, survived into the 1920s. By then the site was listed in the London Trades Directory as being occupied by Pinchin Johnson & Co. Ltd., varnish makers, and Wilkenson, Heywood & Clark, varnish manufacturers (see their name on the building in the photograph). The name “Caledonian Wharf” also appears in the Directory at this time. Pinchin Johnson were still there in the 1960s. Morella Pickles occupied the site for a few years in the 1970s, with Sternol oil works to the west, and scrap dealers to the east. Donated by Doris McCartney