Plan of the Proposed Pier at Deptford in the County of Kent
Draughtsman: Landmann, George
Plan of the proposed pier at Deptford showing the ground plot of the pier and the changes to the street lay out to allow access to the pier highlighted in red.
After the closure of Deptford's Royal Dockyard in the early 19th century, vast tracts of land were left unemployed on the waterfront and in the environs of the old Church of St Nicholas. In 1839, an Act of Parliament was passed, establishing the Deptford Pier and Improvement Company. As laid out in the Act, the company's purpose was to "build a new town, consisting of wide streets, adapted for healthful residence or commercial occupation".