Category Archives: /Thames

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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Medieval Skeleton Found Near Bermondsey Wall

Above: Archaeologist working on the skeleton at Chamber’s Wharf. In spite of what you might think, there are still miles of riverbank and other sites near the Thames that have never been investigated by an archaeological team. It was not … Continue reading

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Custom House

Above: View of Custom House from the south side of the Thames in 2011. The reason for not choosing a later picture is because the clear skyline in this view is now ‘cluttered’ with high-rise buildings. When this view was … Continue reading

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Legal Quays

Above: Part of the Agas map, c1561, showing the Legal Quays. London Bridge acted as a barrier to sailing ships wanting to moor on the Thames near the City of London. This was true in the days of the Romans … Continue reading

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King’s Brewhouse, Stepney

Above: Part of a map by Braun and Hogenberg, 1572. The King’s Brewhouse, Stepney For anyone seeking a visual impression of how Tudor London once looked, a good place to start is with the so-called ‘Agas Map’ which, from the … Continue reading

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Keepier Wharf

Above: Keepier Wharf in dark brick (to the left of the view) in use as 25 flats, photographed in 2018 from the south side of the Thames. Today, the address of Keepier Wharf is 12 Narrow Street. The wharf is … Continue reading

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Tower Bridge and a Thames Sailing Barge

Above: View of Tower Bridge from Rotherhithe. It is not that rare to see a Thames sailing barge passing by on the river but the sight is always grand and to see such a vessel with Tower Bridge or some … Continue reading

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