Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Updated: The Howland Great Wet Dock
I have updated and expanded one of my much earlier posts on the heritage of Rotherhithe. The Howland Great Wet Dock was completed in 1699/1700 as a shelter for ships on the Thames, to protect them from storms, ice and piracy, and to provide them with repair and refitting facilities.
It was the first of the docks to be established in Rotherhithe, at a time when Rotherhithe was largely rural, with only a small fringe of barge and ship building activity in the area of St Mary's church, at the borders of Bermondsey. The Howland Great Wet Dock eventually became Greenland Dock.
This post covers its history from 1695 to 1807: