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[Bethel]

[Bethel]

Artist: Unknown

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1840

Shelfmark: Add. MS 16945

Item number: f.39

Length: 15

Width: 21

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of Bethel, the Baptist chapel on Black Horse Fields, Deptford. The term "Bethel" originates from the Book of Genesis and means "House of God".

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. It was in the 19th century that the town became a huge industrial centre hosting chemical works, engineering works, gasworks, soap and candle factories, sawmills, coal and timber wharves, paintworks and breweries.

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