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Broadway, Deptford, 1841

Broadway, Deptford, 1841

Artist: Clennell

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1841

Shelfmark: Additional MS 31331

Item number: f.24

Length: 22.2

Width: 33

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Northern Deptford became an industrial town during the 17th Century, and was home to a populous community of workers from the shipyard and its related industries. Spreading from the riverside streets as far as Deptford Broadway were rows of wooden cottages for the shipwrights, sailors and craftsmen and larger brick houses for the foremen, sea captains and officials. This watercolour shows some of the businesses that flourished in the town in the 19th century: coal merchants, textile dyers, plumbers and (to the extreme left) a 'stout establishment', or pub.

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