We are fortunate today, to have a wealth of historical treasures here at St Katharine’s. I will describe the main ones in this and further blogs. Little remains here from the earlier, historic period (1028 to 1825) because the original land was all removed to make way for the world renowned Telford Docks. Thankfully, many of the relics from the ancient Hospital and Church are now safely preserved at the Royal Foundation of St Katharine’s at Limehouse.
Dock Master’s House
Original Tuscan Columns, dating from before 1828
Tuscan columns, dating from before 1828, have been saved from the original Telford Docks; these elegant and striking items are hollow and made of steel. They are featured in several areas around the Docks, including the imposing facade of Tower Walk, in the picture above. Eight of them suport the curious building that was built as ‘the Coronarium,’ which is now Starbucks Coffee Shop. The most striking example are the columns supporting International House, on the dockside in West Dock; this was to deliberately copy the original warehouse design, where ships could berth next to the warehouse, for cargoes to be loaded or unloaded by crane.