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Town of Ramsgate

By tony64  
Pub sign Saturday today features the first of a few Saturday uploads taken from the Wapping and Limehouse stretch of the Thames bank where many very old and historic pubs still stand today.

The first pub on this site probably originated during the Wars of the Roses in the 1460's and was called the Hostel. During more peaceful times in 1533 it became known as the Red Cow, a reference it is thought to the rural nature of the area at the time.
The notorious 'Hanging' Judge Jefferies was caught in this alehouse as he tried to escape from London, disguised as a silor and heading for Hamburg on a collier. This was after the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688, which overthrew King James 11. Judge Jefferies presided over the 'Bloody Assizes' after Monmouth's unsuccessful rebellion against James 11. Judge Jefferies had taken great pleasure in sending hundreds to their execution, and in abusing their attorneys, which was a costly mistake, as one of them recognised him in the pub!

The pub changed its name to The Town of Ramsgate in the 19th century, after the fishermen of Ramsgate who landed their catches at Wapping old Stairs (version 4, 5) Ramsgate Harbour of 1850 features in the pub sign.

As for the Wapping Old Stairs alongside the pub and to the rear (version 7) , they also have a bloody history. If you visit at low tide, you can still see the post to which condemned pirates were chained to drown as the tide rose. (version 6)
On a lighter note, many returning sailors were met by their sweethearts on the Old Stairs at the end of a voyage.
The silent question that must have been on many a silor's mind is answered by a verse on the wall in the pub bar:

Your Polly has never been faithless she swears, since last year we parted on Wapping Old Stairs.

Bless! If you got this far, thanks for looking!
Have a great weekend!

Tags: London General Architecture Wapping Pirates Pub sign Town of ramsgate Hanging judge jefferies

Voters: Mynett, AlanBW, jdenman and 4 more

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Mynett 14 142 6 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 10:34AM
Wow a cracking set of pics and wonderful descriptions (gruesome history or what?)
Linda Smile
jdenman 14 19 5 Spain
15 Nov 2008 10:52AM
Great set of images and information.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2564 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 2:07PM
Good set and loads of information - and I got to the very end!
Also lots of nicely grotty slime and textures in those old harbour walls, looks my sort of place...
woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 2:45PM
I believe my mum was born in Limehouse; I've never been there. I have recently begun to read up on the history of the East End, though nothing quite so horrific as some of your narrative suggests!!!
A good set of images with some fascinating detail.

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