The Town of Ramsgate dates back to at least the mid-sixteenth century. It is a riverside pub, right next to the Old Wapping Steps, an ancient access to the river itself, and the foreshore. It's an area of interesting history. These steps were the site of execution for those found guilty of piracy, whose bodies were hung on the gibbet until they had been covered by three tides. Captain Kidd is reputed to have been one of these unfortunates. The pub itself was the place where the London mob found and caught the notorious 'Hanging' Judge Jefferies who was trying to arrange a boat to flee his own trial.
If you're visiting London, I'd recommend a visit, just a little walk east of Tower Bridge.
I met the designer at the pub, and had time for a quick drawing from the steps across the river to Rotherhithe:
|Rotherhithe from the top of Wapping Old Steps|
The visit to Wapping, and my discussions with the designer, made me dig out the old (2009ish) drawings that I hadn't looked at for a while. Here they are:
|Wapping Old Steps, tide rising|
|Wapping High Street - Gun Wharves|
|Beside the Town of Ramsgate - alley leading to the Wapping Old Steps|