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King Henry's Wharves: Wapping

I finally got to use my new lens and this was the first place that I photographed, it's one of my favourite buildings in London. It is in Wapping High Street.The mile-long stretch of Wapping High Street follows the north bank of the Thames and was built in 1570 to link quays with warehouses. The warehouses in Wapping were built in the Georgian era and most of them are now converted to flats. When the docks were built at the beginning of the 19th century the London Dock Company demolished hundreds of houses and workshops with no compensation for the people who lost their homes and livelihood. King Henry's Wharf is still used as a warehouse. The name of this wharf and Gun Wharf recall the Tudor cannon foundry which Henry VIII set up here to manufacturer guns for his ships. The name Wapping comes from the Waeppa, Anglo saxon tribesmen who settled in the area.


Grade II listed, first half C19 warehouse block. Brown brick with red brick dressings. Hipped slate roof with red tile clad ridges. 5 storeys and basement, 10 bays with doorranks each side. Ground floor doors have massive stone surround. Windows with red brick segmental arches and red painted sills; all with glazing bars. Iron hoists beside to floor doors. 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'D'

The river front has a more monumental elevational treatment with a giant pilastrade rising from stylobate ground floor,. frieze with brick corbel string, cornice and blocking course. Segmental arched windows, those on ground floor contained in segmental arched recesses. Loading bays in ground floor below the hatch ranks have same granite surrounds as on street front. Large wall mounted lattice jibbed crane to centre of first floor and smaller one to second floor right.

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Taken on February 2, 2011