Rotherhithe, SE16

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Rotherhithe, SE16

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Road · Rotherhithe · SE16 ·
APRIL
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2019

A street within the SE16 postcode




NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Brunel Museum The Brunel Museum is a museum at the Brunel Engine House in Rotherhithe.
Execution Dock Execution Dock, on the shoreline at Wapping, was used to execute pirates, smugglers and mutineers who had been sentenced to death by Admiralty courts.
St. Mary’s Church, Rotherhithe St Mary’s Church, Rotherhithe, is a Church of England parish church.
Thames Tunnel The Thames Tunnel connects Rotherhithe and Wapping and was built between 1825 and 1843.
The Angel The Angel Public House is grade II listed and dates from the 1830s.

NEARBY STREETS
Albatross Way, SE16 Albatross Way is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Albion Street, SE16 Albion Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Basque Court, SE16 Basque Court is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Bray Crescent, SE16 Bray Crescent is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Brewhouse Lane, E1W Brewhouse Lane is a road in the E1W postcode area
Bridewell Place, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Brunel Road, SE16 Brunel Road is situated near the south end of Thames Tunnel which the engineer Marc Isambard Brunel built.
Canada Street, SE16 Canada Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Canon Beck Road, SE16 Canon Beck Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Cathay Street, SE16 Cathay Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Christopher Close, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
City Business Centre, SE16 City Business Centre is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Clack Street, SE16 Clack Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Clarence Mews, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Cookham Crescent, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Cottle Lane, SE16 Cottle Lane is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Culling Road, SE16 Culling Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Deal Porters Walk, SE16 Deal Porters Walk is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Deck Close, SE16 Deck Close is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Eleanor Close, SE16 Eleanor Close is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Elephant Lane, SE16 Elephant Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Fairmont House, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Fairmount House, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Fulford Street, SE16 Fulford Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Garter Way, SE16 Garter Way is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Globe Stairs, SE16 Globe Stairs is a road in the SE16 postcode 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
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
Hatteraick Road, SE16 Hatteraick Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Henley Close, SE16 Henley Close is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Ironside Close, SE16 Ironside Close is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Katherine Close, SE16 Katherine Close is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Kenning Street, SE16 Kenning Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Kinburn Street, SE16 Kinburn Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 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
Kirby Estate, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Lagado Mews, SE16 Lagado Mews is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Leydon Close, SE16 Leydon Close is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Lower Road, SE16 Lower Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Mayflower Street, SE16 Mayflower Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Moodkee Street, SE16 Moodkee Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Needleman Street, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Neptune Street, SE16 Neptune Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Paradise Street, SE16 Paradise Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Poolmans Street, SE16 Poolmans Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Prospect Street, SE16 Prospect Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Province Drive, SE16 Province Drive is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Railway Avenue, SE16 Railway Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Reardon Path, E1W This is a street in the E1W postcode area
Renforth Street, SE16 Renforth Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Risdon Street, SE16 Risdon Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Rotherhith Street, SE16 Rotherhith Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Rotherhithe Street, SE16 Rotherhithe Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Rotherhithe Tunnel, E1W Rotherhithe Tunnel is a road in the E1W postcode area
Rotherhithe Tunnel, SE16 Rotherhithe Tunnel is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Rupack Street, SE16 Rupack Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Saint Marychurch Street, SE16 This is a street in the SE16 postcode area
Saint Olav’s Square, SE16 Saint Olav’s Square is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Smith Close, SE16 Smith Close is one of the streets of London in the SE16 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. Marychurch Street, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
St. Olavs Square, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Stanhope Close, SE16 Stanhope Close is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Surrey Quays Road, SE16 Surrey Quays Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Surrey Water Road, SE16 Surrey Water Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Surrey water, SE16 Surrey water is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Swan Road, SE16 Swan Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Temeraire Street, SE16 Temeraire Street 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
Tower Hamlets, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Water Gardens Square, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Western Place, SE16 Western Place is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Windrose Close, SE16 Windrose Close is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Wolfe Crescent, SE16 Wolfe Crescent is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Woodland Crescent, SE16 Woodland Crescent is a road in the SE16 postcode area


Rotherhithe

Rotherhithe is located on a peninsula on the south bank of the Thames, facing Wapping and the Isle of Dogs.

It has been a port since the 12th century or earlier, and a shipyard since Elizabethan times. It was the site from which the Mayflower set off on part of its journey to carry the Pilgrim Fathers to Virginia in 1620. The ship's captain, Christopher Jones, lived in Rotherhithe and was buried there in 1622.

The name 'Rotherhithe' derives from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning "landing-place for cattle". The first recorded use of the name was in about 1105. In the past Rotherhithe was also known as Redriff until the early 19th century. Redriff was the fictional birthplace of Jonathan Swift's character Lemuel Gulliver.

Edward III had a palace at Rotherhithe and in 1412 Henry IV stayed in the area 'whilst he was cured of leprosy'. It was hoped the sea air would help his complaint. He arrived by river, sailing down the Thames from the Palace of Westminster to Rotherhithe.

The village of Rotherhithe has had a close relationship with the sea. Throughout history it was a favourite home for many seafarers, such as Captain Christopher Jones of The Mayflower, and had a fine tradition of shipbuilding. Two local Master Mariners, Peter Hills and Robert Booth, founded a school to help the children of destitute sailors in 1613.

Rotherhithe became home to shipbuilders. Some of the first steamships were built in Rotherhithe and the first iron ship, the Aaron Manby, was constructed in the local shipyards. Rotherhithe was also home to many associated industries, for example iron works and gun powder manufacturers. The names of the local docks reflect the days gone by, Greenland Dock is a reminder that whalers used to be based there. The dock was called Howland Great Wet Dock from its foundation in 1693 until 1763 and was the largest commercial dock in the western world at the time, able to handle 120 merchant ships. It was the major whaling base in London until the trade died in the 1840s, after which it was used for the importation of timber.

Improving transport saw the population of Rotherhithe rise. In 1801 it housed 10,296, a century later it was home to 38,424. The housing tended to be mixed - the rich enjoyed comfortable housing whilst the poor endured the very worst.

Because much of the former Surrey Docks had strong trade links to Scandinavia and the Baltic region the area is still home to a striving Scandinavian community. Originally established as seafarers' missions, Rotherhithe is home to a Norwegian, a Finnish and a Swedish church.

The docks were closed and largely filled in during the 1980s, and have now been replaced by modern housing and commercial facilities, but Rotherhithe retains much of its character and its maritime heritage. The largest surviving dock on the south bank, Greenland Dock, is the focal point for the southern part of the district, while there are many preserved wharves along the riverside at the north end of Rotherhithe. St Mary's Church is at the centre of the old Rotherhithe village, which contains various historic buildings including the Brunel Engine House at the south end of the Thames Tunnel.

Rotherhithe station was originally opened on 7 December 1869 when the first section of the East London Railway was opened, running through the Thames Tunnel. On 1 October 1884, the Metropolitan and Metropolitan District Railways began running services along the East London Railway, which called at Rotherhithe. It was served by electric passenger trains from 31 March 1913, when the line was electrified. Steam-hauled goods trains from Liverpool Street station continued to pass through until April 1966. The station was closed between 1995 and 1998 due to repair work on the Thames Tunnel and from 22 December 2007 to 27 April 2010 for the extension of the East London Line. The station re-opened on 23 May 2010 on the London Overground.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Limehouse Causeway (1908)
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Whitechapel c1890.
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Lowder Street (1918)
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Commercial Road, E1
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Whitechapel High Street, 1899
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Black Lion Yard looking north, 1961.
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Osborn Street in the early 1900s
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Hanbury Street c.1918, looking east
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