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The Ferryman’s Seat

When London Bridge was the only available way of crossing the river, a thriving trade of ferrymen existed, to take revellers back and forth across the Thames to the red light district of Southwark.

41 Cloth Fair

41 Cloth Fair is the oldest extant house in the city of London. Find out how it managed to survive the great fire of London because of its location, and tells us a lot about home life in early modern and medieval London.

The Execution Dock and Blackwall Point

Following a rise of piracy from the fifteenth century, those pirates captured were hung at the Execution Dock, and then had their bodies displayed as a warning at Blackwall Point.

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The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park, ‘Our Alice’

Recounts the story of Alice Ayres who, in 1885, perished in a fire in Southwark while attempting to rescue three children.