On a sunny February Sunday in Deptford
Deptford, London SE8.
The Wellbeloved butchers are there since 1829. Here is a map of 1833. If you click and enlarge you will see that Tanners Hill was densely populated, while everything else around was pretty much fields.
Deptford High Street, a street with far too many betting shops and pawnbrokers.
But it also has The Deptford Project:
And this is the brand new Deptford Lounge, a very nice space to read and socialise. The new library, which belongs to Lewisham Libraries, has ordered 1000 new titles covering all tastes, including those of difficult readers like myself. To give you an idea, seeing Bolaño and Houellebecq staring back proudly from the shelves gave me a smile that stayed all day on my face.
The walk continued towards Deptford Creek. This is the famous Deptford Creek lift bridge, reconstructed in 1963, but originally in use since 1838. It is one of the very few opening bridges in Britain, used for the ships to pass to the Royal Dockyard, which was in Deptford since 1513.
The Laban and new apartment blocks.
Where the Deptford Creek (the tidal reach of river Ravensbourne) meets the Thames:
Along the Thames in SE8:
You can see the Cutty Sark from here:
New apartments at the former Pepys Estate, named after author Samuel Pepys, who spent some time in Deptford.
Here you can find a lot about Deptford’s history.
If you haven’t been there yet, go have a look before it becomes too popular.