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Prospect of Whitby pub, Wapping, 2011

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Prospect of Whitby pub, Wapping, 2011

Apparently the the oldest riverside tavern in London dating, from around 1520; formerly known as The Pelican and later as the Devil’s Tavern, on account of its dubious reputation. All that remains from the building’s earliest period is the 400-year-old stone floor, and the pub features eighteenth century panelling and a nineteenth century facade. In the 17th century it became the hostelry of choice of "Hanging" Judge Jeffreys, scourge of the Monmouth Rebellion. He lived nearby and was chased by anti-Royalists to Ramsgate. According to legend, criminals would be tied up to the posts at low tide and left there to drown when the tide came in. Execution Dock was actually by Wapping Old Stairs and generally used for pirates.

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