April 23, 2015 by auntkatefirmin
I traveled by boat from Greenwich to Tower Bridge and despite the many changes, I believe that much of the stretch of the Thames between Limehouse and St Katherine’s Dock would look familiar to John Firmin or his sons were they to be transported to modern day London. For now, I will simply post a gallery of the stairs, docks, wharves and pubs. Each photo deserves a post of of its own – what was traded there? Did Charles Dickens down a pint at that pub? The stories are endless.
Limehouse Basin Lock at the end of the Regent’s Canal, The Basin opened in 1820.
Riverfront in Limehouse.
The spire of St Paul’s Shadwell can be seen over the Shadwell Basin. The current building dates back to 1820.
Metropolitan Wharf, circa 1862,
A pub has stood on this site since 1520 or so and the current building dates back to the early 19th century.
New Crane Wharf built circa 1900.
Gun Wharf circa 1920, formerly Wheatsheaf Wharf.
Phoenix and King Henry’s Wharves.
The Captain Kidd. The building is vintage but it wasn’t a pub until the 1980’s.
Metropolitan Police and St John’s Wharf, near where The Orchard would have met Wapping High Street.
Wapping Waterside Gardens.
Oliver’s Wharf built circa 1869 for general cargoes and tea.
Former entrance to Wapping Basin (now filled in).
Hermitage Community Moorings in front of Hermitage Stairs. The Twee Gezusters 1904 gaff-rigged sailing barge.
Site of Hermitage Dock, now filled in. Close to Great Hermitage Street where both John & his son Henry had business premises.
St Katherine Docks. The Firmins lived here from 1820-1827 before the docks were built.