According to Christopher Winn’s “I Never Knew That About the River Themes”. The first Custom House was built in 1275 beside Billingsgate Market to process the duties imposed on the export of wool, leather, and hides by Edward I, this was the forerunner of our current customs system.
The Current facade was designed in 1825 by Robert Smirke, the same architect who designed the British Museum. As a young man, the poet and hymn writer William Cowper (1731-1800) tried to drown himself at this site; however the water level was too low; he survived.
“The Shard” under construction on the south bank of the river
Loupie, Myself and Donna with Tower Bridge in the background.
The Front of the Custom House
The two Cranes (will check type) to the right of the building.