Category Archives: 4-Stairs (Water)

Stairs (Water)

Above: Wapping Old Stairs, leading to the river from Wapping High Street. They are on the west side of Oliver’s Wharf. The stairs and causeway are a good example of water stairs beside the Thames. This is one of the … Continue reading

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Elephant Stairs

Above: Part of the OS map for 1895, showing Elephant Stairs. From at least Tudor times until the 19th century, one way for a pedestrian in London to travel was to be rowed on the Thames. River stairs were once … Continue reading

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Ratcliff Cross Stairs

Above: Looking east towards Canary Wharf at the causeway. The image was taken at low tide in April 1998. The site of Ratcliff Cross Stairs is one of the most historic anywhere along the Thames and yet the lonely site … Continue reading

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Pickle Herring Stairs

Above: Pickle Herring Street from Walter Bezant’s book ‘East London’ written about 1900. The view looks east from Pickle Herring Stairs towards the approach to Tower Bridge so the Thames is to your left. The catwalks seen in this drawing … Continue reading

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Fountain Stairs, Bermondsey

Above: Sailing ship moored near Bermondsey. The inset is from a story book. (The copyright of the picture remains with the originator). We have all watched far too much television. Along the way you have probably seen the odd pirate … Continue reading

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Cousin Lane Stairs

Above: An old 1920s photo shows members of the public standing on the steps, watching the photographer with his cumbersome camera, probably mounted on a sturdy tripod, taking a picture of the stairs. It should be remembered he was standing … Continue reading

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