Cubitt Town

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Cubitt Town
Cubitt Town is located in Greater London
Cubitt Town
Cubitt Town
 Cubitt Town shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ385795
London borough Tower Hamlets
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district E14
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Poplar and Limehouse
London Assembly City and East
List of places

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Cubitt Town is an area on the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets in London, England. It is on the east of the Isle, facing Greenwich across the River Thames. To the west is Millwall, to the northwest Canary Wharf and to the north, across the Blue Bridge, Blackwall. It is in Blackwall & Cubitt Town Ward of Tower Hamlets London Borough Council.


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A map showing the Cubitt Town ward of Poplar Metropolitan Borough as it appeared in 1916.

It is named after William Cubitt, Lord Mayor of London (1860–1862), who was responsible for the development of the housing and amenities of the area in the 1840s and 1850s, mainly to house the growing population of workers in the local docks, shipbuilding yards and factories.[1] As it grew, Cubitt also created many local businesses employing manual labourers as well as the streets of housing to accommodate them.


For many years this area was home to a number of shipbuilders, such as Westwood, Baillie, Samuda Brothers, J & W Dudgeon and Yarrow Shipbuilders. Noteworthy ships launched here included

  • HMS Prince Albert, the first British warship designed to carry her main armament in gun turrets.

Other industries

The businesses included those involved in cement, pottery and brick production. Asphalt production was another growth industry, coinciding with the growth, development, and industrialisation of areas throughout the British Isles. In Cubitt Town, the Pyrimont Wharf was developed in 1861 by the Asphalte de Seyssel Company of Thames Embankment (later known as the Seyssel Asphalte Company or Seyssel Pyrimont Asphalte Company), with asphalt production taken over in the 1870s by Claridge's Patent Asphalte Company.[1][2]


Estates in the area include:

The area is a mix of old east London working-class communities transplanted into 1960s and 1970s high-rise estates and the middle-class workers in the Canary Wharf complex attracted by relatively low prices for riverside living, plus less recent Bangladeshi and East Asian immigrant populations.

Learning and education

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Cubitt Town Library, Strattondale Street, London E14 3HG

A public library was financed by Andrew Carnegie and built by C. Harrold Norton, being completed in 1905.[3] Will Crooks, the current Mayor of Poplar had attended a meeting at the Guildhall, where Carnegie had promised to fund public libraries. Crooks was able to get a commitment form him to pay for two libraries, this one in Cubitt Town and another in Bromley by Bow. Carenegie agreed to provide £15,00 for both tohgether. The total expense for this building was £6,805 13s 10d, which included some neighbouring land which originally served as a public garden before providing space for an extension to be used a meeting hall and erected in 1962.[3] The building is currently owned by the Tower Hamlets London Borough Council as part of their library service.[4]


Primary schools

  • Cubitt Town School
  • St Lukes School

Secondary school


Cubitt town his home to a number of receational facilities:



The nearest stations are Crossharbour and Island Gardens on the Docklands Light Railway


Routes 135, D3, D6, D7, D8, N550.


Cubitt Town is connected to the National Road Network by the north-south Manchester Road A1206.

Cycling, walking

Access across the River Thames is by the Greenwich Foot Tunnel and the National Cycle Route 1 to the west (this also uses the Greenwich Foot Tunnel).

Nearest places


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hobhouse, Hermione (General Editor) (1994). "British History Online". 'Cubitt Town: Riverside area: from Newcastle Drawdock to Cubitt Town Pier', Survey of London: volumes 43 and 44: Poplar, Blackwall and Isle of Dogs. pp. 528–532 (see text at refs 507 & 510). Retrieved 8 November 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Plymouth Wharf Residents Association. "History of Plymouth and Pyrimont Wharf areas". Retrieved 15 December 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Cubitt Town: The inland area". British History Online. Institute of Historical Research.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Cubitt Town Library". Idea Library Learning Information. Retrieved 20 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Mudchute Park and Farm". London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Retrieved 25 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>