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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd November 1683 Purcells Welcome to All the Pleasures, premieres in London
Wapping Old Stairs
Stairs with a gruesome history - What a whopper!
Location: Nr Wapping high Street
Description: If the tide is out you can descend the steps on to the riverbed, but be careful, as it is slippery.
These stairs have a gruesome history. Pirates were hanged nearby in Execution Dock and their corpses brought here so that they were washed over by the tide three times.
This caused them to be swollen and people said 'What a whopper!' - hence the name Wapping. It was also here that the notorious Judge Jeffreys was apprehended in 1689 when trying to escape to France disguised as a sailor. He was taken to the Tower, but died before he could be executed.
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Tagged in this Tour: Pirates and penthouses at the old London Docks