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Wapping Area Guide

History of Wapping

Wapping means the “[the place of] Wæppa's people" which were the first Saxon stellements there. In the 16th century, it was primarily inhabited by sailors. Because of its position on the river, it continued to be inhabited by sailors and all the related seafarer trades till the mid 20th century. Pirates and other sea related criminals used to be hanged at the infamous Execution Dock. A replica of the gibbet used for the hangings can still be seen near the Prospect of Whitby Pub.

Elisabeth Batts, daughter of the owner of the Bell Inn married James Cook in 1762.

A Marine Police Force was formed in 1798 and based in Wapping High Street. There is still a police force now called the Marine Police Unit based on the original site.

During the 19th century, large warehouses and docks were built as trade expanded exponentially during the industrial revolution.

The East London Line dates back to 1869.

Wapping was heavily bombed during the second world war and remained fairly derelict till the late 20th century. Afterwhich many warehouses were converted into luxury flats. Today, it is a desirable quiet enclave along the Thames which is close to the City, Docklands and the Central London.

Properties range from ex-local authority, warehouse conversions and new build housing developments. It has some nice pubs including one of the oldest riverside pubs in London, the Prospect of Whitby. Wapping is not a bustly area and has a quiet village feel while being a stone throw away from all the attractions London has to offer. The Wapping Project, an art gallery based inside a Victorian pumping station is well worth a visit and has fantastic restaurant.


Places of interest Click here for more information

Wapping Project • Prospect of Whitby


Transport Links Visit Transport for London for more information

Wapping – East London Line

Shadwell – East London Line and Docklands Light Railway


Local Authority

Tower Hamlets

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