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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Shadwell Stair
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I am the ghost of Shadwell Stair.
Along the wharves by the water-house,
And through the cavernous slaughter-house,
I am the shadow that walks there.
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Yet I have flesh both firm and cool,
And eyes tumultuous as the gems
Of moons and lamps in the full Thames
When dusk sails wavering down the pool.
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Shuddering the purple street-arc burns
Where I watch always; from the banks
Dolorously the shipping clanks
And after me a strange tide turns.
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I walk till the stars of London wane
And dawn creeps up the Shadwell Stair.
But when the crowing syrens blare
I with another ghost am lain.

-- The author, Wilfred Owen, was killed in November 1918 but wrote this poem earlier that year.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Shadwell, Middlesex, derives its name from a spring anciently dedicated to St Chad. The parish lies on the river Thames, 2½ miles ESE of St Paul's, London, was part of Stepney until 1669, continued until then to be a hamlet, belonging to the Neales.

It was inhabited in its lower part chiefly by ship-chandlers, provision merchants, sailmakers, coopers, and seamen.

A Roman grave was found in 1615, and in 1745 a mineral spring called Shadwell Spa was discovered, which was found useful in the treatment of cutaneous diseases.

Highlights from https://ukga.org/england/Middlesex/towns/Shadwell…

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