Gower's Walk of the 1950s remembered
Contributed by eric on Nov. 2, 2016
Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936
As I walked it, ran it, cycled it, the Gowers Walk that I knew in the early 1950s was structured as I now describe. It was cobbled throughout.
The western side is easy to describe: there was nothing save for the giant Tilbury Warehouse, with its frontage on Commercial Road. Its walls extended the length of Gower's Walk right down to Hooper Street, with the majority of it being the warehouse itself, and the rest tall retaining walls holding up one side of a fan of railway sidings at the southern end, and a small set of tracks joined by one-wagon turntables at the north end, all out of sight.