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1799 The West India Docks were authorised by the West India Dock Act 1799 - the first parliamentary (as opposed to municipal) Act for dock building.
The Docks were constructed in two phases. The two northern-most docks were constructed between 1800 and 1802 (officially opened on 27 August 1802) for the West India Dock Company to a design by leading civil engineer William Jessop; John Rennie (the elder) was a consultant; Thomas Morris (Liverpool's third dock engineer) was also involved; these docks were the first commercial wet docks in London.
Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger and Lord Chancellor Lord Loughborough attended the foundation stone ceremony on 12 July 1800; Milligan and Hibbert were also commemorated for their part in the ceremony.
1829 The Company acquired the City Canal (built in 1805 by the City of London Corporation)
The southern-most dock, the South West India Dock, later known as South Dock, was constructed in the 1860s, replacing the unprofitable City Canal.