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Souphouse Deptford

Souphouse Deptford

Artist: Unknown

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1841

Shelfmark: Add. MS 16945

Item number: f.49

Length: 13.5

Width: 19.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This picture depicts a souphouse at Deptford, one of the many establishments supplying cooked food to the local community.

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 Deptford 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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