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On a sunny February Sunday in Deptford

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Deptford, London SE8.

Blitz time sign on the bridge on Tanners Hill pointing to Shelter in 160 yards.

Lower end of Tanners Hill, one of the oldest streets in Deptford.

































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

















Deptford High Street, a street with far too many betting shops and pawnbrokers.

But it also has The Deptford Project:

The Deptford Project, a train wagon turned into a cafe.

Street Art near The Albany theatre

Deptford Lounge

Deptford Lounge










































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.

Deptford Creek Rail Bridge
































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 Dance Centre














































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:

Opposite Canary Wharf











































































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.


Written by Georgia

March 1, 2012 at 01:10

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  1. Georgia,

    Excellent photographs, thank you. With regard to the Deptford Creek railway lifting bridge, the Royal Dockyard was on the Thames itself and the site is now known as Convoys Wharf.

    When the London and Greenwich Railway was built in the 1830s Deptford Creek was lined with working wharves and tidemills, on both sides, all the way up to Deptford Bridge so the railway bridge had to lift to allow masted vessels to get upstream.

    Bill Ellson

    March 2, 2012 at 12:51

    • Bill,

      thank you very much for the correction / clarification. A walk at the Wharfs in the area is my next plan. Thanks again!


      March 2, 2012 at 13:04

  2. A fresh look at a familiar local area. I particularly like photos 10 & 13. Thanks.


    July 7, 2012 at 21:54

  3. Still the Pepys Estate!


    November 4, 2012 at 22:49

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