‘Mutiny at Woolwich Dockyard’ (1802) – attempted escape by hulk prisoners

During the 18th and 19th centuries, many ships no longer fit to sail the seas were converted into floating prisons. In the London area these 'prison hulks' were located in the Thames by Woolwich and Deptford.This account of an  'Mutiny at Woolwich Dock Yard' (Morning Post, 2 August 1802) describes an attempted escape by prisoners ...

Vauxhall Horse Sculptures

'When suddenly Johnny gets the feeling he's being surrounded byhorses, horses, horses, horsescoming in in all directionswhite shining silver studs with their nose in flames,He saw horses, horses, horses, horses, horses, horses, horses, horses'(Patti Smith)I believe that Jason deCaires Taylor's horse sculptures on the Thames shore at Vauxhall (close to where what remains of the River Effra ...

Tales from the Riverbank with London Dreamtime + Irish tales at South East London Folklore Society

Really enjoyed 'Faeries of the Minesweeper' on 22 August from London Dreamtime. A tale of the fairies in a mill at Deptford Creek from Vanessa Woolf was interspersed with songs from Nigel of Bermondsey; costumes and settings were designed by Lucy Williams. Starting out by St Pauls Church we wound our way to a railway ...

Bob Hoskins RIP – by the river

Farewell Bob Hoskins, a great London actor, so here he is (mostly) by the River Thames:By Tower Bridge in the Long Good Fridaywith Helen Mirren in The Long Good Fridaywith Helen Mirren by St Thomas Hospital SE1 in Last Orderswith Michael Caine in Last Orders... scene shot in the Larkhall Tavern in Claphamon the South ...

History Corner: Transportation from Deptford to Australia

The Deptford riverside has been the starting point for  many journeys across the oceans, some of them freely chosen adventures, many of them not. One destination was Australia, where convicted prisoners were shipped off to penal colonies from the 1780s (the practice formally ended in 1868, though it had become rare by that point).Reg Rigden's ...

Deptford Dolphins Thames Swim

I was slightly sceptical about whether the self-proclaimed Deptford Dolphins were actually going to manage to swim out from Watergate stairs to the nearby crane derrick in the Thames (as previewed here). But two of them made it on 22 September, and there's a film to prove it. They are already thinking of doing it ...

Estuary and Stevedores

I went to the Estuary exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, featuring the 'work of 12 artists who have been inspired by the outer limits of the Thames where the river becomes the sea' with its 'dramatic landscape – desolate mudflats and saltmarshes, vast open skies, container ports, power stations and seaside resorts'. It's ...

Deptford Panorama 1844

The Grand Panorama of London from the Thames (1844) was a twelve feet wood engraving, a printed version of which was circulated to subscribers of the Pictorial Times newspaper.The Deptford sections clearly show St Pauls Church, the buildings of the Deptford dockyard and to their west the Royal Victualling Office. The ships include a number ...