Access to the River Thames

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A short paper presented as part of a workshop on post-medieval archaeology at the Museum of London, Docklands in June 2011

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  • 1. Rights of passage: examining access to the River Thames
    Nathalie Cohen
    Thames Discovery Programme
    Paper presented at the Process and Practice Workshop 6th June 2011
    Society for Post Medieval Archaeology / Institute for Archaeologists

2. WatermansStairs: how many?

  • 1707: 120 public stairs in use 3. 1856: 70 public stairs in use 4. ( 5.1883: 70 landing stairs majority for Watermen 6. 7. 181 features recorded as access related by the TAS

The Steel Yard, Dowgate, Three Cranes, Queenhithe, Trig, Paul's Wharf, Common Stairs, or Puddle Dock,White Friars, Temple, Arundel, Surrey, Strand, Somerset, Savoy, Worcester, Salisbury, Ivybridge, Exchange, York, Black Lion, Whitehall, Privy Garden, Manchester, Horse Ferry, Old Church, Beaufort. Billingsgate, Custom House, Tower, Irongate, St. Catherine's, Ship, Brew House, Hermitage, Wapping Old, Wapping New, Execution Dock, King Edward's, New Crane, King James's, Shadwell, Bell Wharf, Ratcliff Cross, LimehousePepper Alley, St. Saviour's, Bank End, Horseshoe Alley, New Thames Street, Mold Strand, Falcon, Paris Garden, Marygold, Bull, Old Barge House, Morris's Causeway, Cupid's or Cuper's, King's Arms, Stangate, Lambeth Palace, Horse Ferry, Vauxhall.
8. 9. What can we learn?

  • Construction / Maintenance 10. Control of access routes 11. Low / high tide information 12. Associated with drainage 13. Property boundaries 14. Erosion studies

Image by Carl Mydans
15. 1996
16. 2003
17. 2006
18. 19. 2008
20. 2009
21. Community involvement
22. Custom House
23. Trig Lane
24. Alderman Stairs
25. 26. 27. Stakeholders
28. A disappearing resource?
Gabriels Wharf