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History of the Port of London Authority

Port of London Authority Historical Timeline

Follow the development of the Port of London since the founding of the PLA

A Brief History of the PLA

The Port of London Authority (PLA) was created to bring order to the chaos and congestion that prevailed on the Thames as rival wharfs, docks and river users battled for business in the late 1800s.

Then and Now

The Port of London Authority has changed a lot in the past 100 years. Here's a contrast of the PLA's past and present plus some interesting facts about 1909 and 2008.

Watching the Thames

Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson explores the history, influence and population of the world-famous Thames. (Full series on My5.)

The Port of London's Pageant

On 3 June 2012, 1,000 vessels formed a flotilla travelling down the Thames to honour Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. 

2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony Look at Life - Down London River, 1959
Port of London (1940-1949) BFI: City of Ships
The World's Oldest Boat Race  


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