|Sandy bay, Wapping|
Spent the morning away from the computer in Wapping, East London yesterday. A real "I've lived in London all my life yet never set foot..." off the beaten track place suggested by friend J. We met at The Tower of London and turned our back on it, walking instead through St Katharine Docks and on to Wapping High Street, ending at London's oldest riverside pub, The Prospect of Whitby. So much to see, so many stories - ghosts, pirates, a hangman's noose and even a treasure hunt, all before too much wine for a lunchtime (just the one I add, but what size the glasses) &, last but not least, "driving" the train back into the centre. A real walk through history this one. Superb!
|Execution Stairs Beach, Wapping|
|Shardhorn on Execution Stairs Beach|
"The pub was originally frequented by those involved in life on the river and sea and it was a notorious haunt for smugglers, thieves and pirates. Other notable customers have been Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys, Judge Jeffries and artists Whistler and Turner." The Prospect of Whitby recommended: very friendly, good food, large wine glasses, resident black cat.
|Hangman's noose, Prospect of Whitby|
|Prospect of Whitby|
|As one of the early members of the FB group "Travelling At the Front |
of the DLR Train and Pretending to be The Driver", this was a perfect end to
the morning out.
Further reading: The Pirate's Who's Who, first published Burt Franklin, New York,1924, Now available as a free ebook, with thanks to the Gutenberg Project.
"KIDD, Captain William, sometimes Robert Kidd or Kid.
It is an extraordinary and tragic fact that these two documents, so vital to Kidd, were discovered only lately in the Public Records Office—too late, by some 200 years, to save an innocent man's life.
As it happened, the charge of which Kidd was hanged for was murder, and ran thus: "Being moved and seduced by the instigations of the Devil he did make an assault in and upon William Moore upon the high seas with a certain wooden bucket, bound with iron hoops, of the value of eight pence, giving the said William Moore one mortal bruise of which the aforesaid William Moore did languish and die." This aforesaid William Moore was gunner in the Adventure galley, and was mutinous, and Kidd, as captain, was perfectly justified in knocking him down and even of killing him; but as the court meant Kidd to "swing," this was quite good enough for finding him guilty. The unfortunate prisoner was executed at Wapping on May 23rd, 1701, and his body afterwards hanged in chains at Tilbury."
Extract from The Pirates' Who's Who, courtesy of the Gutenberg Project.