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The Prospect of Whitby

By tony64  
Good Morning everyone and welcome to another ‘Pub Sign Saturday’!

Today I am continuing my walk along the Thames and stopping at another historic Thameside pub, The Prospect of Whitby.

Originally built about 1520, the pub now called the Prospect of Whitby began life as the Devil’s Tavern. It became, not surprisingly, the haunt of thieves and smugglers. Bare Knuckle and **** fighting took place here and river pirates were commonplace. Bodies were dragged out of the Thames and sold openly to medical schools.

It is one of the oldest riverside public houses, visited by Samuel Pepys in the seventeenth century, also by Judge Jeffreys who came here to watch the river executions at Execution Dock V4, V5.

Later, in the nineteenth century Charles Dickens drunk here and is said to have used the Prospect as the Six Jolly Fellowship Porters in Our Mutual Friend.
By Dickens’s time the name had changed from the Devil’s Tavern to the Prospect of Whitby. The change came about because a ship called the Prospect, which was registered at Whitby in North Yorkshire, was moored off the Tavern. The ship became a landmark and the tavern was referred to as the one by the Prospect of Whitby, and so it eventually became its name.

Turner, Whistler and other leading artists of their time sketched the Thames from here, while Gustav Dore found the crowd inside the pub suitable models for his pictures of London’s low life. The fuchsia plant was first seen in England in this pub in 1780 when a sailor brought the first example in on arrival in the Thames from the West Indies and sold it for a ‘Noggin’ of rum (about a quarter of a pint!)

As always, thanks for looking,


Tags: London Architecture Wapping Landscape and travel Pub sign Prospect of whitby Humour and fun

Voters: BBB, fentiger, woolybill1 and 8 more

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fentiger 21 920 24 England
22 Nov 2008 8:21AM
Seen this several times from the river but have never got up close. Very informative captures.

woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2008 8:33AM
What a great collection, Tony , and some excellent reportage including the shots from the waterside - is your camera waterproofed?
You have done a splendid job with straightening the sign for V1; I'm fascinated by local history of all kinds so I'll have to return to your description and absorb some more later!
22 Nov 2008 8:41AM
great capture would not look out of plce in my home town of grimsby.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2564 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2008 8:43AM
Great set, great story!
jdenman 14 19 5 Spain
22 Nov 2008 9:48AM
Cracking collection of images, great info.
tony64 18 204 9 England
23 Nov 2008 11:18AM
Straightening thanks to you Bill!

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