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Cubitt Town is a district on the eastern side of the Isle of Dogs in London, England. This part of Poplar was redeveloped as part of the Port of London in 1840s and 1850s by William Cubitt, Lord Mayor of London (1860–1862), to which it is named after. It is on the east of the Isle, facing Royal Borough of Greenwich across the River Thames. To the west is Millwall, to the east and south is Greenwich, to the northwest Canary Wharf and to the north, across the Blue Bridge, is the rest of Poplar. It is in Blackwall & Cubitt Town Ward of Tower Hamlets London Borough Council.

Cubitt Town
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The Manchester Road.
Cubitt Town is located in Greater London
Cubitt Town
Cubitt Town
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ385795
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtE14
Dialling code020
EU ParliamentLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly
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51°29′51″N 0°00′22″W / 51.49748°N 0.00616°W / 51.49748; -0.00616Coordinates: 51°29′51″N 0°00′22″W / 51.49748°N 0.00616°W / 51.49748; -0.00616



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 industriesEdit

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 educationEdit

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 then 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. Carnegie agreed to provide £15,000 for both together. 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 schoolsEdit

  • Cubitt Town School
  • St Luke's School


Cubitt town is home to a number of recreational facilities:

  • St John's Park
  • Mudchute, an urban farm described by the local authority as the largest urban farm in Europe[5]


The nearest stations in Cubitt Town is Crossharbour on the Docklands Light Railway, which opened on the 31 August 1987.

London Buses contacted routes serves Cubitt Town, with route 135 having run in the area since 2008[6], and 277 since 2016.[7] The D6 since 1989[8], with the D7 since 1989[9] and D8 from 1991[10], N550 (Trafalgar Square - Canning Town) since 2008.

Previously the 106 had served the area from 1983 to 1989, when it was replaced by D6[11], while the N50 route formally used to run from 1995 to 2008, this was in turn replaced by N550[12]

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

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

Nearest placesEdit


  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ Plymouth Wharf Residents Association. "History of Plymouth and Pyrimont Wharf areas". Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Cubitt Town: The inland area". British History Online. Institute of Historical Research.
  4. ^ "Cubitt Town Library". Idea Library Learning Information. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Mudchute Park and Farm". London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
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  8. ^ "London Buses Route D6". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  9. ^ "London Bus Route D7". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  10. ^ "London Bus Route D8". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  11. ^ "London Bus Route 106". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  12. ^ "London Buses Route N50". Retrieved 28 July 2016.