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Quakers Meeting House, High Street, Deptford

Quakers Meeting House, High Street, Deptford

Artist: Unknown

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1841

Shelfmark: Add. MS 16945 f.40

Length: 17.5

Width: 23.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

View of the Quakers Meeting House on Deptford High Street. John Cook shoemakers can be seen on the left.

Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, worshipped at the Meeting House in 1698. The Tsar visited Deptford in order to learn the latest shipbuilding techniques that were being carried out at the dockyards. Sayes Court, home of the diarist John Evelyn, was nearly destroyed by the Tsar following a series of drunken parties.

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 streets 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.

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