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The Deptford and Greenwich Railway, from the Surrey Canal

The Deptford and Greenwich Railway, from the Surrey Canal

Artist: R. B.

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1840

Shelfmark: Additional MS 16945

Item number: f. 1

Length: 18.8

Width: 30.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of Deptford from the Surrey canal showing the Greenwich railway on the right and mills and industrial buildings on the left.

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. In the 19th century the town 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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