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Returning to our topic, we are continuing our walk along the side of the Thames below London Bridge. This is of course the dock area. We are in Wapping. An area long known as being poor and crime ridden. This area is full of building used as warehouses for storing goods either to be shipped or coming into Britain. Many or most of them are now luxury dwelling.
These pictures are taken of Wapping Old Stairs. As you can see these stairs lead down into the Thames.
The Thames is tidal at this point and I think you can see quite clearly the high water mark on both the step and the concrete wall, which by the way supports the terrace where my guides and I had a very nice lunch and a cup of tea. There are older stairs on the right, but I was unable to access these, but here is a picture of them from Wikipedia that someone took without needing to get their feet wet.
These pictures looks down the narrow alleyway that gives access to the stairs between the pub and the building beside it. The left towards the street and the right, obviously towards the river.
In 1811, the horrific Ratcliff Highway murders took place at The Highway and Wapping Lane. I will post about this at some other time.
The Town of Ramsgate pub is the white building with red trim on wone side of the alley leading to the steps. While not the original pub, the name is as it was in the Regency and it was so named as a way of attracting the custom of Kentish fishermen who used to land their wares here.
Some where near here was located Execution Dock where pirates met their end. Several pubs claim the honour but a rather unscientific survey leads me to believe it lay closest to the Town of Ramsgate. The final hangings were George Davis and William Watts charged with piracy and hung December 1830.
And so we finish with a picture of the inn.
Until next time, Happy Rambles