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Kent Waterworks, Deptford f.57

Kent Waterworks, Deptford f.57

Artist: Matthews, C

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1840

Shelfmark: Add. MS 16945 f.57

Length: 11.4

Width: 17.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

The Kent Waterworks appeared on the River Ravensbourn in 1809. The business continued to operate here until the 20th century, when it then formed part of the Thames Water company.

Deptford became an important suburb of London in the 16th century, when it was one of England's main shipbuilding sites. The Royal Dockyard and The East India Company's yard were established here during the reign of Henry VIII.

Despite the town's reputation as a major industrial centre in the 18th and 19th centuries, the large majority of its resident families were poor. Most of the men were unskilled labourers doing seasonal work at the dockyards. Many unsavoury "fragrances" lurked in the air, as the locality was home to glue works, gasworks, tar distilleries, breweries and manufacturers of artificial manure!

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