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A view of Rotherhithe

A view of Rotherhithe

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1780

Shelfmark: Ktop XLI

Item number: 22

Genre: Topographical Print

Rotherhithe developed as a small maritime settlement within a bend of the River Thames. The main industry was shipbuilding and repairs - London's first wet dock was built here in 1699. In the 1720s Daniel Defoe noted: "the marshes between Rotherif and Deptford, where for many years after there remained a drain for the water, upon which was a large mill pond and dam, and where since was built the second great wet dock, said to belong to the Duke of Bedford's estate, and call'd at first Snellgove's Dock, because built by one Mr. Snellgrove, a shipwright, whose building yards adjoin'd it'.

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