Tunnel Avenue, Greenwich Peninsula, c. 1908


A view north along Tunnel Avenue towards the entrance to the Blackwall Tunnel.

The view is dominated by the two enormous gasholders, part of the giant East Greenwich Gasworks.

A complete urban community grew up around the industries on Greenwich Peninsula: housing for industrial workers, shops, public houses, restaurants, a church and a school.

The parish church of St. Andrew and St. Michael was built in 1900 on the site of an earlier Iron Mission Hall. St Andrew's Church became redundant once the industries and the workers had moved away and was later demolished. The Dreadnought School closed for similar reasons but the building survives as a museum store.