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Spitalfields Roman Sarcophagus

Above: The stone sarcophagus on show in the Museum of London in 2000. Inside it is the ornate lead coffin with its decorated lid. On the borders of the NE side of the City of London stood the old Spitalfields … Continue reading

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St Paul, Shadwell, with Heron Tower

For those of us who take photographs in London, it’s all about seizing the moment. If you have a camera – or even just the one in your smartphone – and you see a view that looks interesting, it is … Continue reading

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Ratcliffe Wild-beast Shop

Above: Victorian print of an exotic pet shop on the Ratcliffe Highway with creatures imported through the London Docks. Ratcliffe was once a thriving hamlet beside the Thames. Along with the nearby villages of Shadwell, Wapping and Limehouse, this part … Continue reading

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Above: An old street nameplate for one of the last streets in Ratcliffe to carry the name of the ancient hamlet. Ratcliffe was one of several hamlets beside the Thames in Tudor times. It was one of 21 Tower Hamlets … Continue reading

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Regent’s Canal (Background Page)

Above: An attractive piece of public art near the towpath of the Regent’s Canal, showing a horse that once pulled narrowboats in the 19th century. Running roughly N–S through the centre of England is the Grand Union Canal. Its main … Continue reading

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Prusom’s Island

Above: An old cast-iron nameplate at the western end of today’s Prusom Street. The right-hand end has been damaged. It is mounted on the corner wall of a pub called the White Swan and Cuckoo. The two lamps, used to … 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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St Clare, Abbey of

Above: The Abbey as it appears on the Agas map of about 1561. The Roman Wall can also be seen along the medieval gateway called Aldgate. Drawn on the west side of the Abbey is a wide cart-track, known as … Continue reading

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Wapping Station Murals

Above: Photograph of the station roundel alongside one of the murals – a delightful view of Wapping High Street in which the station is situated. The large curved Victorian warehouse is known as Gun Wharves. Wapping Station used to be … Continue reading

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