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New Chapel (Brunswick Chapel), King Street New Town, Deptford

New Chapel (Brunswick Chapel), King Street New Town, Deptford

Artist: Unknown

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1841

Shelfmark: Add. MS 16945

Item number: f.42

Length: 15.5

Width: 12.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of the Brunswick Chapel on King Street in New Town, Deptford. The chapel is Wesleyan Methodist, named after one of its founders, John Wesley, who encouraged people to work hard and avoid the dangers of drinking and gambling.

New Town, south of Deptford Broadway, was a fast developing residential area at the end of the 18th century. It was home to the shipwrights, sailors and craftsmen who worked in the dockyards. As with the rest of Deptford and Woolwich, New Town's development halted following the end of the Napoleonic Wars. It was not until the introduction of the London to Greenwich railway that the neighbourhood experienced a revival, becoming an industrial centre for chemical works, engineering works, mills, paintworks and breweries.

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