Bishopsgate Goods Yard demolition

Aerial viewBishopsgate Goods Yard is currently being demolished to make way for the East London Line extension, although I can’t recall now whether the project is stalled or not. Either way, demolition looks pretty complete, and although you can’t see much from the street, an aerial view gives you a better perspective of the sea of bricks now filling the space between the walls. (I took the photos a month ago, although it’s pretty much the same now.)

Incidentally, whenever I cycle west down Bethnal Green Road, approaching the Goods Yard in the sun, I feel like I’m an an American city. It’s something to do with being in a slightly industrial but “up and coming” area, looking across a vast space filled with nothing but building work (or, in this case, demolition) towards glinting towers filled with money. It’s how I imagine things looked in San Francisco while building the new baseball stadium, or in Houston while their clutch of stadiums were built. For some reason it makes me happy.


  • I have a friend used to live above the KFC on Bethnal Green Road, I remember walking down there on Saturday afternoons, that would be in the mid eighties, always felt like a step into the past to me. I ran once from there to Paddington, made me feel happy too.

  • Top stuff, tried to get the same photo myself recently. How did you access the building? Bit of charm? Bishopsgate redevelopement gives me mixed feeling but the city/east end borders always make me happy. Something to do with the stark contrasts in culture, people, last use etc. I own in Dalston so am eager to see the ELLP get the full go ahead. The demolition of half of Spitalfields though simply makes me sick to the stomach.

  • No charm required — I was working in a building overlooking the demolition.

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