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Prospect Of Whitby

By Jasper87  
The Prospect of Whitby is London’s oldest riverside pub dating back to 1520. The original flagstone floor survives and the pub also has a rare pewter-topped bar, as well as old barrels and ships’ masts built into the structure. The pub was originally frequented by lightermen, watermen and others who made their living on the river and at sea. It was a notorious haunt for smugglers, thieves and pirates. Famous customers include Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys, ‘Hanging’ Judge Jeffries and the artists Whistler and Turner. It used to be called The Pelican, but was also known as The Devil’s Tavern. Judge Jeffries lived nearby and a noose hangs by a window, commemorating his custom. According to legend, criminals would be tied up to the posts at low tide and left there to drown when the tide came in.

Tags: Tripod London Thames River Pub Lowlight Pirates Noose Landscape and travel Inn

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18 Feb 2019 8:06AM
And now we are civilised. Great capture.
18 Feb 2019 8:44AM
like how they dispatch the baddies no cost involved suits my Scottish wallet Dave. Fine image i'm sure you managed a glass of something...great composition love the hangman's rope

RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
18 Feb 2019 8:47AM
What a fascinating story and an equally fascinating choice of viewpoint, from the riverbank itself. History seems to be stacked here layer upon layer. I love the hangman's noose set in the sand. The green weed shows how high the water level reaches up.
18 Feb 2019 9:16AM
An excellent comp', Dave, for this excellent, and somewhat unusual, subject matter.

franken Plus
18 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2019 12:13PM
Interesting image and write up, Dave.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
18 Feb 2019 12:37PM
When I first looked at this and read your title, I thought "That's not a bit of Whitby I've come across!" 😁 A fine viewpoint and capture, Dave, and your very interesting write-up makes it sound like my sort of pub. Would love to visit here for a pint or three! 🍺🍺🍺 Is the hangman's noose used for unruly troublemakers who have been thrown out?! 😁
Trev 😀
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
18 Feb 2019 2:05PM
Aside from the very disturbing noose, I found your text and this image a great read-- Many fascinating stories in those timbers for sure!
18 Feb 2019 2:37PM
A good place to hang out with friends.
SlowSong Plus
12 9.3k 30 England
18 Feb 2019 2:41PM
Did you notice all the bones washed up on the shore? Apparently some are human, others animal, and are washed down from further up by the tide. Anyway, that's what I was told by some mudlarkers a few years ago. Smile
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2019 3:13PM
Inspired pov and superbly composed Dave.
capto Plus
8 6.4k 21 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2019 4:22PM
A fascinating shot, love the noose.Smile
Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2019 4:39PM
A very interesting history with the picture you have painted.
I expect there are books written about all the stories real or otherwise.
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2019 4:40PM
Happy to reach 30 in this fine composition... Fascinating shot and write up! (Learning here...)
Isabel GrinGrin
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2019 7:00PM
I keep thinking I've seen.. but of coarse I have
great shot Dave
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2019 7:49PM
Splendid shot.
18 Feb 2019 8:16PM
Stunning capture with a great narrative, Dave. Smile
19 Feb 2019 4:38AM
I"ll have one more for the road and one more for my baby in the noose !
Think Frank Sinatra made that song famous , long after Judge Jeffries days . What a fascinating pub ....from the country that invented them ! Thanks for the history lesson , most enjoyable
Cheers Walt
Techno Plus
12 5.6k 8 England
19 Feb 2019 12:57PM
You certainly know your away around the "Big Smoke", what an extraordinary location, reading the narrative convinces me things haven't changed much...Lol...………….superbly taken image..

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