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Charlton near Woolwich Kent 1787

Charlton near Woolwich Kent 1787

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1787

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 18

Item number: 11-1-b.

Length: 17.8

Width: 26.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

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In 1775, Charlton was a well built, pleasant Kent village, situated on the north side of Blackheath, near the River Thames. Daniel Defoe, who visited in the early 18th century also commented: 'Charleton, a village famous or rather infamous for the yearly collected rabble of mad-people, at Horn-Fair; the rudeness of which I cannot but think, is such as ought to be suppress'd' but despite this 'there are some very good houses lately built in this town' and 'tis indeed a very pleasant village'. In the background in this view is St Luke's Church, rebuilt in 1630 by Adam Newton, the creator of nearby Charlton House. There are some people standing on what presumably is the village green.

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