Printed and Sold by J How, the Ram-head Inn Yard, in Fenchurch Street, London
William Pye’s sculpture titled Curlicue represents the Thames and is sited prominently at the entrance to the Greenland Dock, Rotherhithe.
The Harbour Master’s House on Ballast Quay, East Greenwich.
New flats on the Isle of Dogs opposite the Cutty Sark pub, not dissimilar to medieval fortifications.
I am the ghost of Shadwell Stair Along the wharves by the water-house,
And through the dripping slaughter-house,
I am the shadow that walks there.
Yet I have flesh both firm and cool,
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And eyes as tumultuous as the gems Of moons and lamps in the lapping Thames When dusk sails wavering down the pool.
Shuddering the purple street arc burns Where I watch always, from the banks Dolorously the shipping clanks And after me a strange tide turns.
From Shadwell Stair, 1912 by Wilfred Owen (1898-1984)
Shadwell on the North Bank
Shadwell, on the North Bank where the River turns sharply to the right opposite Cuckold’s Point, was notorious through the 19th century for stripping the incoming sailors of their pay after discharge from their ships – whether by the entertainments of bear-baiting, cock-fights and the like or by assault after heavy drinking, feasting, gambling and carousing in the many taverns and public houses.
The rude and savage enjoyments of Shadwell
A tug spurts smoke in your face. They are dancing on the deck of the Gravesend boat. The stern-faced Thames police are pulling vigorously from under our bows. There is hoarse and coarse comment from the bridge of our good ship, delivered by the river pilot, and addressed to a pleasure party in a wherry, making for the rude and savage enjoyments of Shadwell.