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Limehouse, London

Limehouse is a district in East London, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is on the northern bank of the River Thames opposite Rotherhithe and between Ratcliff to the west and Millwall to the east.

The district became a significant port in late medieval times, with extensive docks and wharves.

The Regent's Canal Dock (now known as Limehouse Basin) was opened in 1820 and provided a navigable link between the River Thames and the Regent's Canal.

Alfred Hitchcock and Limehouse

Commercial Road junction with Salmon Lane (1920s)
  • The Hitchcock family moved to from Leytonstone to Salmon Lane, Limehouse, sometime around 1907.
  • According to contemporary newspaper reports, parts of Three Live Ghosts (1922) was filmed in Limehouse.[1]
  • Hitchcock initially planned the opening sequence of Frenzy (1972) to be filmed along Regent's Canal, but later decided to film along the more iconic River Thames and Tower Bridge instead.


Notes & References

  1. Reported in the Dundee Evening Telegraph (27/Feb/1923). There is a remote possibility that Hitchcock himself suggested the filming location.