High Street, Deptford, Kent
Artist: Clennell, L.
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
This pen and ink picture depicts Deptford High Street in 1841.
Deptford flourished during the 17th century, when its wooden cottages were home to the shipwrights, sailors and craftsmen who worked for the Royal Navy. Sea captains, foremen and officials occupied the brick built houses that lined the main thoroughfares such as the High Street. It was in the 19th century that Deptford became a huge industrial centre hosting chemical works, engineering works, gasworks, soap and candle factories, sawmills, coal and timber wharves, paintworks, breweries, food stores and verdigris works for the manufacture of copper sulphate.