Pennington Street, Wapping, December 1906

(51.50872 -0.06363, 51.508 -0.063) 

The corner of Johns Hill and Pennington Street, Wapping, December 1906.

The long range of late 17th century dwellings of Pennington Street stood directly opposite the towering walls and warehouses of London Docks, which they pre-dated - hence the raised level of road surface which provided access to the Docks.

By the early twentieth century, many older buildings such as these, offered rooms and lodgings for the working poor, who are gathered here outside their houses.

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