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Wapping High Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.



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VIEW THE WAPPING AREA IN THE 1750s
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VIEW THE WAPPING AREA IN THE 1800s
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VIEW THE WAPPING AREA IN THE 1830s
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VIEW THE WAPPING AREA IN THE 1860s
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Wapping

Wapping's proximity to the Thames has given the area a strong maritime character, which it retains through its riverside public houses and steps.

The area was first settled by Saxons, from whom it takes its name (meaning literally [the place of] Wæppa's people). It developed along the embankment of the Thames, hemmed in by the river to the south and the now-drained Wapping Marsh to the north. This gave it a peculiarly narrow and constricted shape, consisting of little more than the axis of Wapping High Street and some north-south side streets. John Stow, the 16th century historian, described it as a "continual street, or a filthy strait passage, with alleys of small tenements or cottages, built, inhabited by sailors' victuallers".

Wapping was inhabited by sailors, mastmakers, boat-builders, blockmakers, instrument-makers, victuallers and representatives of all the other trades that supported the seafarer. Wapping was also the site of 'Execution Dock', where pirates and other water-borne criminals faced execution by hanging from a gibbet constructed close to the low water mark. Their bodies would be left dangling until they had been submerged three times by the tide. Though Execution Dock is long gone, this gibbet is still maintained on the Thames foreshore by the Prospect of Whitby public house

Said to be England's first, the Marine Police Force was formed in 1798 by magistrate Patrick Colquhoun and a Master Mariner, John Harriott, to tackle theft and looting from ships anchored in the Pool of London and the lower reaches of the river. Its base was (and remains) in Wapping High Street and it is now known as the Marine Support Unit. The Thames Police Museum, dedicated to the history of the Marine Police Force, is currently housed within the headquarters of the Marine Support Unit, and is open to the public by appointment.

In 1811, the horrific Ratcliff Highway murders took place nearby at The Highway and Wapping Lane.

The area's strong maritime associations changed radically in the 19th century when the London Docks were built to the north and west of the High Street. Wapping's population plummeted by nearly 60% during that century, with many houses destroyed by the construction of the docks and giant warehouses along the riverfront. Squeezed between the high walls of the docks and warehouses, the district became isolated from the rest of London, although some relief was provided by Brunel's Thames Tunnel to Rotherhithe. The opening of Wapping tube station on the East London Line in 1869 provided a direct rail link to the rest of London.

Wapping was devastated by German bombing in World War II[8] and by the post-war closure of the docks. It remained a run-down and derelict area into the 1980s, when the area was transferred to the management of the London Docklands Development Corporation, a government quango with the task of redeveloping the Docklands. The London Docks were largely filled in and redeveloped with a variety of commercial, light industrial and residential properties.

In 1986, Rupert Murdoch's News International built a new £80m printing and publishing works in the north of Wapping. This became the scene of violent protests after News International's UK operation moved from Fleet Street to Wapping, with over 5,000 print workers being sacked when new technology was introduced.

Perhaps Wapping's greatest attraction is the Thames foreshore itself, and the venerable public houses that face onto it. A number of the old 'stairs', such as Wapping Old Stairs and Pelican Stairs (by the Prospect of Whitby) give public access to a littoral zone (for the Thames is tidal at this point) littered with flotsam, jetsam and fragments of old dock installations. Understandably it is popular with amateur archaeologists and treasure hunters - it is surprisingly easy for even a casual visitor to pick up a centuries-old shard of pottery here.

Three venerable public houses are located near Stairs. By Pelican Stairs is the Prospect of Whitby, which has a much-disputed claim to be the oldest Thames-side public house still in existence. Be that as it may, there has been an inn on the site since the reign of Henry VIII, and it is certainly one of the most famous public houses in London. It is named after a then-famous collier that used to dock regularly at Wapping. A replica of the old Execution Dock gibbet is maintained on the adjacent foreshore, although the actual site of Execution Dock was nearer to the Town of Ramsgate. This also is on the site of a 16th-century inn and is located next to Wapping Old Stairs to the west of the Prospect; by Wapping Pier Head — the former local headquarters of the Customs and Excise.

Wapping has been used as the setting for a number of works of fiction, including The Long Good Friday; the Ruby In The Smoke novel in the Sally Lockhart series by Phillip Pullman and the brothel in The Threepenny Opera, in which Mack the Knife is betrayed by Jenny Diver.

Among the people born in Wapping are W.W. Jacobs, author of The Monkey's Paw. The American painter James McNeill Whistler, well known for his Thames views, painted Wapping when he lived here between October 1860 and 1864. John Newton, Anglican clergyman and author of many hymns including Amazing Grace was born here. During the 1990s, Wapping was home to American entertainer Cher.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Altab Ali Park:   
Bermondsey:   What's in a name?
Bigland Green Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Bosco Centre College:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 14 and 19.
Buttercup Primary School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Cherry Garden School:   Community special school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 11.
City of London Academy (Southwark):   Academy sponsor led (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 19. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Compass School Southwark:   Free schools (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Date Palm Primary School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 11.
Galleywall Primary:   Free schools (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Green Gables Montessori Primary School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Harris Academy Bermondsey:   Academy sponsor led (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Harry Gosling Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Hermitage Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Jamiatul Ummah School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16. Admissions policy: Selective (grammar).
King’s Stairs Gardens:   
Kobi Nazrul Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
London Enterprise Academy:   Free schools (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16.
London Islamic School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Madani Secondary Girls’ School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18.
Mulberry School for Girls:   Academy converter (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Riverside Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Shadwell:   Shadwell is a district in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and located on the north bank of the Thames between Wapping and Ratcliff.
South Bermondsey Children and Parents Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Southwark Park:   
Southwark Park Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Spa School:   Community special school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 19.
St James’ Church of England Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 11.
St Michael’s Catholic College:   Academy converter (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
St Paul’s Whitechapel Church of England Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Peter’s London Docks CofE Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
The Angel:   The Angel Public House is grade II listed and dates from the 1830s.
Wapping:   Wapping's proximity to the Thames has given the area a strong maritime character, which it retains through its riverside public houses and steps.
Wapping Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Wapping High School:   Free schools (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
John’s Hill:   The corner of Johns Hill and Pennington Street, Wapping, December 1906.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Abbey Gardens, SE16 · Adler Street, E1 · Agatha Close, E1W · Alexis Street, SE16 · Alley, E1W · Almond Road, SE16 · Anchor Street, SE16 · Anthony Street, E1 · Artichoke Hill, E1W · Asher Way, E1W · Asher Way, E98 · Ashfield Street, E1 · Aspinden Road, SE16 · Assam Street, E1 · Back Church Lane, E1 · Back Mews, SE4 · Balkan Walk, E1W · Banyard Road, SE16 · Batty Street, E1 · Beatrice Road, SE1 · Benwick Close, SE16 · Bermondsey Wall East, SE16 · Bermondsey Wall West, SE16 · Bevington Street, SE16 · Bigland Street, E1 · Blue Anchor Lane, SE16 · Bombay Street, SE16 · Bowmans Mews, E1 · Boyd Street, E1 · Breezer’s Hill, E1W · Brewhouse Lane, E1W · Burslem Street, E1 · Burwell Close, E1 · Cable Street, E1 · Camilla Road, SE16 · Cannon St Road, E1 · Cannon Street Road, E1 · Cathay Street, SE16 · Cavell Street, E1 · Chambers Street, SE16 · Chandler Street, E1W · Chapman Street, E1 · Chigwell Hill, E1W · Christian Street, E1 · Cinnamon Street, E1W · Clave Street, E1W · Cleme, SE16 · Clemence Road, SE16 · Clement, SE16 · Clements Road, SE16 · Clements Rod, SE16 · Clements, SE16 · Collett Road, SE16 · Columbus House, E1W · Commercial Road, E1 · Cottle Lane, SE16 · Damien Street, E1 · Deancross Street, E1 · Dellow Street, E1 · Dixon’s Alley, SE16 · Dock Street, E1 · Dockley Road, SE16 · Drappers Way, SE16 · Drummond Road, SE16 · Dunch Street, E1 · Dundee Street, E1W · East Cross Centre, E15 · East Flank, SE18 · Elephant Lane, SE16 · Ensign Street, E1 · Esmeralda Road, SE1 · Fairclough Street, E1 · Farncombe Street, SE16 · Fenner Close, SE16 · Fieldgate Street, E1 · Flank Street, E1 · Fletcher Street, E1 · Flockton Street, SE16 · Forbes Street, E1 · Ford Square, E1 · Fordham Street, E1 · Fountain Green Square, SE16 · Frank Mews, SE1 · Frankland Close, SE16 · Fulford Street, SE16 · Gallewall Trading Estate, SE16 · Galleywall Road, SE16 · Garnet Street, E1W · Gataker House, SE16 · Globe Stairs, SE16 · Golding Street, E1 · Gower’s Walk, E1 · Gowers Walk, E1 · Green Bank, E1W · Greenbank, E1W · Greenfield Road, E1 · Gun Wharf, E3 · Gun Wharf, E9 · Hainton Close, E1 · Hawksmoor Mews, E1 · Henriques Street, E1 · Hermitage Court, E1W · Hermitage Wall, E1W · Hessel Street, E1 · Hilliards Court, E1W · Hooper Street, E1 · Jamaica Road, SE16 · Jane Street, E1 · Janeway Street, SE16 · John Felton Road, SE16 · John Roll Way, SE16 · Kennet Street, E1W · King Charles Terrace, E1W · King Henry Terrace, E1W · King Henry’s Stairs, E1W · King Stairs Close, SE16 · Knighten Street, E1W · Knighton Street, E1W · Kotree way, SE1 · Landmann House, SE16 · Langdale Street, E1 · Linsey Street, SE16 · Llewellyn Street, SE16 · Lockwood Square, SE16 · Longley Street, SE1 · Lowood Street, E1 · Lucey Way, SE16 · Lynton Road, SE1 · Macks Road, SE16 · Marble Quay, E1W · Marden Square, SE16 · Maria Close, SE16 · Marigold Street, SE16 · Market Place, SE16 · Martha Street, E1 · Mayflower Street, SE16 · Maynards Quay, E1W · Merchant Court, E1W · Mill Yard, E1 · Millpond Estate West Lane, SE16 · Monnow Road, SE1 · Morris Street, E1 · Mulberry Street, E1 · Myrdle Street, E1 · National Terrace, SE16 · Nelldale Road, SE16 · Nelson Street, E1 · Nesham Street, E1W · New Loom House, E1 · New Road, E1 · Newark Street, E1 · Nightingale House, E1W · Orton Street, E1W · Pace Place, E1 · Paradise Street, SE16 · Parfett Street, E1 · Pedworth Gardens, SE16 · Penang Street, E1W · Pennington Street, E1W · Perryn Road, SE16 · Philchurch Place, E1 · Philpot Street, E1 · Pickwick House, SE16 · Pier Head, E1W · Pinchin Street, E1 · Plumbers Row, E1 · Ponler Street, E1 · Pope House, SE16 · Porters Walk, E1W · Portland Square, E1W · Pottery Street, SE16 · Prospect Street, SE16 · Prusom Street, E1W · Queen Victoria Terrace, E1W · Railway Arches, E1 · Raine Street, E1W · Rampart Street, E1 · Raymouth Road, SE16 · Reardon Path, E1W · Reardon Street, E1W · Richard Street, E1 · Rock Grove Way, SE16 · Romford Street, E1 · Roseberry Street, SE16 · Sage Street, E1 · Sampson Street, E1W · Scott Lidgett Crescent, SE16 · Settles Street, E1 · Shadwell Basin, E1W · Shadwell Place, E1 · Sidney Street, E1 · Simms Road, SE1 · Slippers Place, SE16 · Sly Street, E1 · Smeaton Street, E1W · Southwark Park Road, SE16 · Sovereign Close, E1W · Spirit Quay, E1W · Springalls Wharf Apartments, SE16 · St Anthony’s Close, E1W · St Jamess Road, SE1 · St Jamess Road, SE16 · St Katharine By The Tower, E1W · St Katherines By The Tower, E1W · Stalham Street, SE16 · Star Street, E1 · Stockholm Way, E1W · Stork’s Road, SE16 · Strathnairn Street, SE1 · Stutfield Street, E1 · Sun Walk, E1W · Swedenborg Gardens, E1 · Tarling Street, E1 · Telfords Yard, E1W · Tench Street, E1W · Tenda Road, SE16 · Thames Path, SE16 · The Highway, E1 · The Highway, E1W · Thomas More Square, E1W · Thomas More Street, E1W · Thurland Road, SE16 · Timberland Road, E1 · Toussaint Walk, SE16 · Tower Bridge Business Complex, SE16 · Tranton Road, SE16 · Trothy Road, SE1 · Turner Street, E1 · Umberston Street, E1 · Varden Street, E1 · Vaughan Way, E1W · Virginia Street, E1W · Walden Street, E1 · Wapping High Street, E1W · Wapping Lane, E1W · Wapping Old Stairs East, E1W · Waterman Way, E1W · Waterside Close, SE16 · Watney Street, E1 · Watts Street, E1W · Webster Road, SE16 · Wellclose Square, E1 · West Gardens, E1W · West Lane, SE16 · Whitechapel Market, E1 · Wicker Street, E1 · Wilson Grove, SE16 · Wine Close, E1W ·
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