West Silvertown

Opened in 2005 on the extension via London City Airport to Woolwich Arsenal, West Silvertown is on a not uncool elevated section of the DLR: one of those London railway rarities where an old railway has not been pressed back into use. West Silvertown is the home of the Tate & Lyle sugar cane refinery. Interestingly enough Tate & Lyle have a lot to say about the distinction between cane and beet sugar and the way the two are treated by the EU here. Silvertown was named after Samuel Winkworth Silver who opened a rubber factory here in 1852. Mr Tate and Mr Lyle setup here in 1877 and 1881 respectively and merged in 1921. The area was extensively bombed in WWII after large parts had already been destroyed in a munitions factory explosion during WWI. Today there is something of a post-industrial wasteland air about the place and no doubt it will very soon re-emerge as a glistening redevelopment zone.

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