Execution Dock

Bathhouse in/near Wapping, existed between 1600 and the 1830s

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Execution Dock

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Bathhouse · Wapping · E1W ·
November
16
2019

Execution Dock, on the shoreline at Wapping, was used to execute pirates, smugglers and mutineers who had been sentenced to death by Admiralty courts.

The Admiralty’s legal jurisdiction was for all crimes committed at sea. The dock symbolised the jurisdiction by being located just beyond the low-tide mark in the river.

George Davis and William Watts, convicted for piracy for the Cyprus mutiny, were the final hangings at the dock on 16 December 1830.



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Princes Court Business Centre, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Princess Court Business Park, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Prospecourt Place, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
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Redcastle Close, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
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Rennie Estate, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
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Roseberry Street, SE16 Roseberry Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Rotherhithe Business Estate, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
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Rum Close, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
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Saint Marychurch Street, SE16 This is a street in the SE16 postcode area
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Scandrett Street, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
School Mews, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
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Shadwell Gardens, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Shadwell Place, E1 Shadwell Place is a road in the E1 postcode area
Shepparoad Drive, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
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Sly Street, E1 Sly Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
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Solander Gardens, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
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Spencer Way, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
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St Katharine By The Tower, E1W St Katharine By The Tower is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
St Katherines By The Tower, E1W St Katherines By The Tower is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
St Marychurch Street, SE16 St Marychurch Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
St Olaves Court, SE16 St Olaves Court is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
St Olavs Square, SE16 St Olavs Square is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
St. George in the East Church, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
St. Georges Town Hall, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
St. Marychurch Street, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
St. Olavs Square, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Stalham Street, SE16 Stalham Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Star Street, E1 Star Street was, for a while, Planet Street.
Stevedore Street, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Stork’s Road, SE16 This is a street in the SE16 postcode area
Stutfield Street, E1 Stutfield Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Sun Walk, E1W Sun Walk is a road in the E1W postcode area
Sutton Street, E1 Sutton Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Swedenborg Gardens, E1 Swedenborg Gardens is a road in the E1 postcode area
Tait Street, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Tarbert Walk, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Tarling Street, E1 Tarling Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Temeraire Street, SE16 Temeraire Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Tench Street, E1W Tench Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Tenda Road, SE16 Tenda Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Thames Path, SE16 Thames Path is a road in the SE16 postcode area
The Highway Ap. 10, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
The Highway, E1 The Highway is a road in the E1 postcode area
The Highway, E1W The Highway was once the Ratcliffe Highway.
Tillman Street, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Timberland Road, E1 Timberland Road is a road in the E1 postcode area
Torrington Place, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Tower Bridge Business Complex, SE16 Tower Bridge Business Complex is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Tower Hamlets, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Trading Estate, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Trafalgar Court, E1W Trafalgar Court is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Tranton Road, SE16 Tranton Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Turner Street, E1 Turner Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Twine Court, E1 Twine Court is a road in the E1 postcode area
Umberston Street, E1 Umberston Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Unit 7, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Unit B507 Towerbridge Business Complex, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Varden Street, E1 Varden Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Vinegar Street, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Walburgh Street, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Walden Street, E1 Walden Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Wapping High Street, E1W Wapping High Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Wapping Lane, E1W Wapping Lane is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Wapping New Stairs, E1W Wapping New Stairs is a road in the E1W postcode area
Wapping Old Stairs East, E1W Wapping Old Stairs East is a road in the E1W postcode area
Wapping Wall, E1W Wapping Wall runs parallel to the northern bank of the Thames with many converted warehouses facing the river.
Waterman Way, E1W Waterman Way is a road in the E1W postcode area
Watney Market, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Watney Street, E1 Watney Street is the location for a famed East End street market.
Watts Street, E1W Watts Street lay at the heart of the 1926 Wapping housing scheme, undertaken by the London County Council.
Webster Road, SE16 Webster Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Welland Mews, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Wellington Terrace, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
West Gardens, E1W West Gardens is a road in the E1W postcode area
West Lane, SE16 West Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Westreet Lane, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Wicker Street, E1 Wicker Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Wilson Grove, SE16 Wilson Grove is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Windmill Close, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Wine Close, E1W Wine Close is a road in the E1W postcode area


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.
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