15 Dock Street

1860, for James Golding's cartage depot warehouse and house, converted in 2008 with new block of flats | Part of 15-19 Dock Street

J. Carter & Co., my grandfather's business
Contributed by F_G_Bird on Nov. 26, 2020

My grandfather (also F. G. Bird), as J. Carter & Co., took on the lease of 15 Dock Street on the 1st January 1921. The immediate previous occupier was Smith's Tarpaulins of Hainault who used the middle block to stable their delivery horses.

The buildings were owned by an old lady. I was given to suppose (true or false, I know not) that she was in business as an importer of animals for zoos. She died intestate and the property went into the hands of the Public Trustee and a sale to J. Carter & Co (Lime Street) Ltd was agreed in the mid 1950s.

The lions on the entrance gate pillars were there in my grandfather's days, I have this photo of the company's horse-drawn pantechnicon standing in front of the building with the lions in evidence. The photo was taken in the 1930s with the motor van of those days, with the lions still in place.

The 'Dining Rooms', as they were refered to, were sublet to them by J. Carter & Co before my time and I have no information about them.

The company had a sub-tenant for a period before selling the freehold to Art for Offices and vacating the property.

15-19 Dock Street
Contributed by Survey of London on March 4, 2019

James Golding, a licensed or bonded carman on Christian Street, acquired a large (128ft) freehold frontage here in 1860 and as James Golding & Son immediately enclosed a yard that extended back to Well Street. The Dock Street entrance was flanked by the substantial three-storey stock-brick buildings that survive, a warehouse (now No. 15) to the north and a twelve-room double- fronted house (now No. 19) to the south, with stabling and lofts behind. The warehouse is strikingly peculiar with its tall triple relieving arches, Golding’s architect and builder are not known. Henry Golding sold up in 1872, Scott & Till, hemp and coir merchants, took up occupation, and several other firms followed. J. Carter & Co. Ltd, bank and office fitters and furnishers, had the warehouse from the 1920s. Abdul Sabain had dining rooms in the house in the 1940s. Carter & Co. then took the larger site up to 1986. The warehouse was subsequently acquired and used by Art for Offices. A conversion with the replacement of a lower setback link range with a five- storey block, for fourteen flats and two recording studio-office units, was carried out in 2008 for Chohan Bros Construction Ltd of Wembley Park (as or with Jasmine Estates Ltd), working initially with Tasou Associates Ltd for designs prepared in 2002, later with Loren Design Ltd (Richard Loren). The lion-topped piers to the yard entrance, in place by the 1930s, have been relocated, and the house has lost a bold cornice and had an attic added. 1

  1. The National Archives, WORK6/144/3; IR58/84824/4104–7: Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, 5 June 1872: London Metropolitan Archives, CLC/B/129: Post Office Directories: Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, Building Control file 81067: Tower Hamlets planning applications online: information kindly supplied by F. G. Bird 

15-19 Dock Street from the south-west in 2017
Contributed by Derek Kendall

15-19 Dock Street from the north-west in 2017
Contributed by Derek Kendall

15 Dock Street from the west in 2017
Contributed by Derek Kendall