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Tinder Box Row, High Street Deptford

Tinder Box Row, High Street Deptford

Artist: Unknown

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1841

Shelfmark: Additional MS 16945

Item number: f. 17

Length: 18

Width: 22.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of Timber Box Row showing the timber houses built in the year 1700 to house workers employed in the dock yards nearby. The row of houses was demolished in 1843 to make room for building the railway station.

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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