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Broadway, Deptford, looking west

Broadway, Deptford, looking west

Artist: Matthews, C.

Medium: Ink and pigments on paper

Date: 1840

Shelfmark: Add.MS 78628 A

Item number: Folio 8

Length: 112

Width: 179

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Northern Deptford became an industrial town during the 17th century, and became 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 part of Deptford has always been a busy thoroughfare, filled with the hustle and bustle of its energetic inhabitants. This beautiful watercolour depicts Deptford Broadway in the 19th century, looking westwards towards New Cross.

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