Keetons Road, SE16

Road built in the 1980s with housing mainly dating from the 1980s

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Keetons Road, SE16

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A street within the E1W postcode




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A Half, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Adler Street, E1 Adler Street runs between the Whitechapel Road and the Commercial Road.
Agatha Close, E1W Agatha Close is a road in the E1W postcode area
Angel Mews, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Anthony Street, E1 Anthony Street previously ran from Commercial Road through to Cable Street. Just a few metres survive.
Arrival Square, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Arrivalley Square, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Artichoke Hill, E1W Artichoke Hill is a road in the E1W postcode area
Asher Way, E1W Asher Way is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Asher Way, E98 Asher Way is a road in the E98 postcode area
Ashfield Street, E1 Ashfield Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Assam Street, E1 Assam Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Back Church Lane, E1 Back Church Lane is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Back Mews, SE4 Back Mews is a road in the SE4 postcode area
Balkan Walk, E1W Balkan Walk is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Banyard Road, SE16 Banyard Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Batty Street, E1 Batty Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Bermondsey Wall East, SE16 Bermondsey Wall East is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Bermondsey Wall West, SE16 Bermondsey Wall West is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Betts Street, E1 A street within the E1W postcode
Bevington Street, SE16 Bevington Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Bigland Street, E1 Bigland Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Black Lion Yard, E1 Black Lion Yard was a narrow thoroughfare running north-south from Old Montague Street (where it was accessible via a set of steps) to Whitechapel Road.
Block A Unit 401, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Bowmans Mews, E1 Bowmans Mews is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Boyard Street, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Boyd Street, E1 Boyd Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Breezer’s Hill, E1W Breezer’s Hill is a short, narrow hill running between The Highway (formerly Ratcliffe Highway and St. George Street) and Pennington Street.
Brewhouse Lane, E1W Brewhouse Lane is a road in the E1W postcode area
Bridewell Place, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Bridgeport Place, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Burslem Street, E1 Burslem Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Burwell Close, E1 Burwell Close is a road in the E1 postcode area
Cable Street, E1 Cable Street was the site of the manufacture of ropes.
Cannon St Road, E1 Cannon St Road is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Cannon Street Road, E1 Cannon Street Road is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Casson Street E.1, E1 This is a street in the E1 postcode area
Casson Street, E1 Casson Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Castlemain Street, E1 Castlemain Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Cathay Street, SE16 Cathay Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Cavell Street, E1 Cavell Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Cavell Street, E1W Cavell Street is a road in the E1W postcode area
Chambers Street, SE16 Chambers Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Chandler Street, E1W Chandler Street is a road in the E1W postcode area
Chapman Street, E1 Chapman Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Chase Imagination, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Cherry Garden Street, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Chicksand Street, E1 Chicksand Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Chigwell Hill, E1W Chigwell Hill is a road in the E1W postcode area
Choppins Court, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Christian Street, E1 Christian Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Cinnamon Street, E1W Cinnamon Street is a road in the E1W postcode area
Clave Street, E1W Clave Street is a road in the E1W postcode area
Clegg Street, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Cleme, SE16 Cleme is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Clemence Road, SE16 Clemence Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Clement, SE16 Clement is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Clements Road, SE16 Clements Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Clements Rod, SE16 Clements Rod is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Clements, SE16 Clements is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Cloysters Green, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Cobblestone Square, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Coburg Dwellings, E1 Coburg Dwellings is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Codling Close, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Collett Road, SE16 Collett Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Commercial Road, E1 Commercial Road is a major thoroughfare (the A13) running east-west from the junction of Burdett Road and East India Dock Road to Braham Street.
Cork Square, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Cornwall Street, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Cottle Lane, SE16 Cottle Lane is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Court Street, E1 Court Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Coverley Close, E1 Coverley Close is a road in the E1 postcode area
Crowder Street, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Damien Street, E1 Damien Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Darling Row, E1 Darling Row is a road in the E1 postcode area
Davenant Street, E1 Davenant Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Deal Street, E1 Deal Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Dellow Street, E1 Dellow Street was once Blue Gate Fields.
Discovery Walk, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Dixon’s Alley, SE16 Dixon’s Alley is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Dock Street, E1 Dock Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Dockley Road, SE16 Dockley Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Douthwaite Square, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Drummond Road, SE16 Drummond Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Dunch Street, E1 Dunch Street is a street in
Dundee Street, E1W Dundee Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Durward Street, E1 Durward Street is a narrow thoroughfare running east-west from Brady Street to Baker’s Row (today’s Vallance Road).
Durwaroad Street, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
East Cross Centre, E15 East Cross Centre is one of the streets of London in the E15 postal area.
East Flank, SE18 East Flank is a road in the SE18 postcode area
East Lane, SE16 A street within the postcode
East Mount Street, E1 East Mount Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Ellen Street, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Ensign Street, E1 Ensign Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Ensigreen Street, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Enterprise House, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Eveline Lowe Estate, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Fairclough Street, E1 Fairclough Street runs from Back Church Lane to Christian Street.
Farncombe Street, SE16 Farncombe Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Farthing Fields, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Fenner Close, SE16 Fenner Close is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Fenton Street, E1 Fenton Street runs south from Commercial Road.
Fieldgate Street, E1 Fieldgate Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Flank Street, E1 Flank Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Fletcher Street, E1 Fletcher Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Flockton Street, SE16 Flockton Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Floor, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Forbes Street, E1 Forbes Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Ford Square, E1 Ford Square is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Fordham Street, E1 Fordham Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Fountain Green Square, SE16 Fountain Green Square is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Fowey Close, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Frean Street, SE16 Frean Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Fulbourne Street, E1 Fulbourne Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Fulford Street, SE16 Fulford Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Gauging Square, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
George Row, SE16 George Row is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Globe Stairs, SE16 Globe Stairs is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Golding Street, E1 Golding Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Gower’s Walk, E1 This is a street in the E1 postcode area
Gowers Walk, E1 Gowers Walk is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Graces Alley, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Greatorex Street, E1 Greatorex Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Green Bank, E1W Green Bank is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Greenbank, E1W Greenbank is a road in the E1W postcode area
Greenfield Road, E1 Greenfield Road is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Gun Wharf, E3 Gun Wharf is a road in the E3 postcode area
Gun Wharf, E9 Gun Wharf is a road in the E9 postcode area
Hainton Close, E1 Hainton Close is a road in the E1 postcode area
Halcrow Street, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Hanbury Street, E1 Hanbury Street is a long road running west-east from Commercial Street to Vallance Road.
Hawksmoor Mews, E1 Hawksmoor Mews is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Hellings Street, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Henriques Street, E1 Henriques Street was formerly called Berner Street.
Hermitage Court, E1W Hermitage Court is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Hermitage Wall, E1W Hermitage Wall is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Hessel Street, E1 Hessel Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Hilliards Court, E1W Hilliards Court is a road in the E1W postcode area
Hindmarsh Close, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Hobsons Place, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Hooper Street, E1 Hooper Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Hunton Street, E1 Hunton Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Inglefield Square, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Jamaica Road, SE16 Jamaica Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
James Voller Way, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Jane Street, E1 Jane Street is now only a few yards long, with no houses.
Janeway Street, SE16 Janeway Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Jewel Square, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
John Felton Road, SE16 John Felton Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
John Fisher Street, E1 A street within the SE1 postcode
John Rennie Walk, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
John Roll Way, SE16 John Roll Way is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Kennet Street, E1W Kennet Street is a road in the E1W postcode area
Key Close, E1 Key Close is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Kinder Street, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
King Charles Terrace, E1W King Charles Terrace is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
King Henry Terrace, E1W King Henry Terrace is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
King Henry’s Stairs, E1W King Henry’s Stairs lead down to King Henry’s Wharf.
King Stairs Close, SE16 King Stairs Close is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Kings Arms Court, E1 Kings Arms Court is a road in the E1 postcode area
Kingsley Mews, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Kirby Estate, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Knighten Street, E1W Knighten Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Knighton Street, E1W Knighton Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Langdale Street, E1 Langdale Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Lilley Close, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Lime Close, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Linsey Street, SE16 Linsey Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Llewellyn Street, SE16 Llewellyn Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Lockwood Square, SE16 Lockwood Square is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Lomas Street, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Lowood Street, E1 Lowood Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Lucey Road, SE16 Lucey Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Lucey Way, SE16 Lucey Way is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Mace Close, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Marble Quay, E1W Marble Quay is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Marden Square, SE16 Marden Square is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Marigold Street, SE16 Marigold Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Maynards Quay, E1W Maynards Quay is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Meeting House Alley, E1W Alley is a road in the E1W postcode area
Merchant Court, E1W Merchant Court is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Mill Yard, E1 Mill Yard is a road in the E1 postcode area
Millpond Estate West Lane, SE16 Millpond Estate West Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Milward Street, E1 Milward Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Mitali Passage, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Monthope Road, E1 This is a street in the E1 postcode area
Morris Street, E1 Morris Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Moss Close, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Mount Terrace, E1 Mount Terrace is a road in the E1 postcode area
Mulberry Court, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Mulberry Street, E1 Mulberry Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Myrdle Street, E1 Myrdle Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
National Terrace, SE16 National Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Nelson Street, E1 Nelson Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Nesham Street, E1W Nesham Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
New Place Square, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
New Road, E1 New Road is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Newark Street, E1 Newark Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Old Jamaica Road, SE16 Old Jamaica Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Old Montague Street, E1 Old Montague Street is a thoroughfare running east-west from Baker’s Row (now Vallance Road) to Brick Lane.
Olivers Wharf, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Orton Street, E1W Orton Street is a road in the E1W postcode area
Pace Place, E1 Pace Place is a road in the E1 postcode area
Paradise Street, SE16 Paradise Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Parfett Street, E1 Parfett Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Penang Street, E1W Penang Street is a road in the E1W postcode area
Pennington Street, E1W Pennington Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Perryn Road, SE16 Perryn Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Philchurch Place, E1 Philchurch Place is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Philpot Street, E1 Philpot Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Pier Head, E1W Pier Head is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Pinchin Street, E1 Pinchin Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Plumbers Row, E1 Plumbers Row is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Ponler Street, E1 Ponler Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Porters Walk, E1W Porters Walk is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Portland Square, E1W Portland Square is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Pottery Street, SE16 Pottery Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
President Drive, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Princes Court Business Centre, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Princess Court Business Park, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Prospect Street, SE16 Prospect Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Prusom Street, E1W Prusom Street is a road in the E1W postcode area
Queen Victoria Terrace, E1W Queen Victoria Terrace is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Railway Arches, E1 Railway Arches is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Raine Street, E1W Raine Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Rampart Street, E1 Rampart Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Raven Row, E1 Raven Row is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Reardon Path, E1W This is a street in the E1W postcode area
Reardon Street, E1W Reardon Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Regal Close, E1 Regal Close is a road in the E1 postcode area
Richard Street, E1 Richard Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Roding Mews, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Romford Street, E1 Romford Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Rum Close, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Sampson Street, E1W Sampson Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Scandrett Street, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
School Mews, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Scott Lidgett Crescent, SE16 Scott Lidgett Crescent is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Settles Street, E1 Settles Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Shadwell Gardens, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Slippers Place, SE16 Slippers Place is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Sly Street, E1 Sly Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Smeaton Street, E1W Smeaton Street is a road in the E1W postcode area
Solander Gardens, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Sovereign Close, E1W Sovereign Close is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Spa Business Park, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Spellman Street, E1 Spellman Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Spelman Street, E1 Spelman Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Spencer Way, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Spirit Quay, E1W Spirit Quay is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Spring Walk, E1 Spring Walk is a road in the E1 postcode area
Springalls Wharf Apartments, SE16 Springalls Wharf Apartments is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
St Anthony’s Close, E1W St Anthony’s Close is a road in the E1W postcode area
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. Katharines Way, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Stalham Street, SE16 Stalham Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Star Place, E1W Star Place is a road in the E1W postcode area
Star Street, E1 Star Street was, for a while, Planet Street.
Stepney Green Court, E1 Stepney Green Court is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Stevedore Street, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Stockholm Way, E1W Stockholm Way is a road in the E1W postcode area
Stork’s Road, SE16 This is a street in the SE16 postcode area
Street Katharine’s Way, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Stutfield Street, E1 Stutfield Street is a road in the E1 postcode area
Sun Passage, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Sun Walk, E1W Sun Walk is a road in the E1W postcode area
Swedenborg Gardens, E1 Swedenborg Gardens is a road in the E1 postcode area
Tait Street, E1 A street within the E1 postcode
Tamarind Yard, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Telfords Yard, E1W Telfords Yard is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Tench Street, E1W Tench Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
The Highway, E1 The Highway is a road in the E1 postcode area
The Highway, E1W The Highway was once the Ratcliffe Highway.
Thomas More Square, E1W Thomas More Square is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Thomas More Square, E1W A street within the postcode
Thomas More Street, E1W Thomas More Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Thurland Road, SE16 Thurland Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
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
Toussaint Walk, SE16 Toussaint Walk is a road in the SE16 postcode area
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
Trahorn Close, E1 Trahorn Close is a road in the E1 postcode 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.
Umberston Street, E1 Umberston Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Underwood Road, E1 Underwood Road is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Unit B507 Towerbridge Business Complex, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Vallance Road, E1 Vallance Road is a significant road running north-south from Bethnal Green Road to Whitechapel Road.
Varden Street, E1 Varden Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Vaughan Way, E1W Vaughan Way is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
Vine Court, E1 Vine Court is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Vinegar Street, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Virginia Street, E1W Virginia Street is one of the streets of London in the E1W postal area.
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 Old Stairs East, E1W Wapping Old Stairs East is a road in the E1W postcode area
Waterman Way, E1W Waterman Way is a road in the E1W postcode area
Waterside Close, SE16 Waterside Close is a road in the SE16 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.
Waveney Close, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Webster Road, SE16 Webster Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Welland Mews, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Wellclose Square, E1 Wellclose Square lies between Cable Street to the north and The Highway to the south.
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
White Church Lane, E1 White Church Lane is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Whitechapel Market, E1 Whitechapel Market is a road in the E1 postcode area
Whitechapel Road, E1 Whitechapel Road is a major arterial road in East London.
Whitechapel, E1 A street within the E1 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.
Winthrop Street, E1 Winthrop Street was formerly a narrow street running east-west from Brady Street to Durward Street.
Wodeham Gardens, E1 Wodeham Gardens is a road in the E1 postcode area
Woodseer Street, E1 Woodseer Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Wool House, E1 A street within the E1 postcode


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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