The overlays that highlight 17th century London features are approximate and derived from Wenceslaus Hollar’s maps:

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Situated on the south bank of the River Thames in southeast London, Deptford was the location of the Deptford Dockyards, the first of the Royal Dockyards from the mid 16th to 19th century. Also home of the diarist John Evelyn in 1652.

2 Nov 2003, 2:59 a.m. - vincent

Home to John Evelyn and his famous garden at Says-Courtt

14 Jan 2004, 4:03 a.m. - vincent

DEPTFORD SHIPBUILDING The East India Company was formed in 1600 and ran its first voyages to the far east from Deptford. The first Company fleet in l601 was commanded by Sir Thomas Lancaster, a Deptford dock owner. At first it borrowed facilities from the Royal Dockyard to lay its cannon and other stores on the wharf. In 1607 the Company leased the Stone Wharf at the end of Watergate Street in Deptford Strand from the Bridge House estate, and built a timber dock in Deptford the following year. The lease was extended in 1610. The Company was building ships at Deptford in 1609.

14 Jan 2004, 4:16 a.m. - vincent

Sketch map of Evelyn estate, Deptford, with annotations 1623 [copy] available at the library? archives Copies of source materials held elsewhere Public records Hearth Tax returns for Deptford, Lee and Lewisham, 1664. Deptford is located to the west of a creek where the River Ravensbourne enters the Thames. The Roman road from Dover to London forded the creek where Deptford Bridge is now located and a Saxon cemetery existed on the site of the Dover Castle public house, Deptford Broadway. At the beginning of the 16th century Deptford was only a small fishing village when Henry VIII established the Royal Naval Dockyard on a site to the west of Deptford Strand. This served as England's principal dockyard until Chatham took over in the late 17th century.

11 Jun 2004, 7:34 p.m. - vicente

More on Depford from Wim van der Meij :

12 Apr 2005, 3:25 a.m. - vicenzo

3 mile London Bridge [Isle of Dogs to the north] and half way house Deptford :

23 Sep 2005, 11:32 p.m. - Terry Foreman

Some of Vincent's links don't work since the Lewisham website has been revised: Sketch map of Evelyn estate, Deptford, with annotations 1623 [copy] available at the library The Royal Dockyards

24 Sep 2005, 9:23 p.m. - Hamish Gallie

As a resident of the borough of Lewisham for five years now have had a chance to visit the site of the Deptford Victualling Yrds twice now. It is great that there are still the original storehouses left and the terrace and indeed the original gateway to the yard with original cobbled streets and oficers accomodation. Also the water stairs are still there with token foundry cannons nearby. Good views to the River and Greenwich in particular. Special site, recommend visit.

4 Sep 2006, 12:32 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Image of the Royal Dockyards, Deptford, end of the 17th century

20 Feb 2007, 12:24 a.m. - Lawrence

Lovely site.

20 Feb 2007, 6:19 p.m. - Lawrence

Try this one

18 Jun 2010, 5:21 a.m. - Michael Robinson

Lawrence's link now:

24 Jun 2014, 1:17 a.m. - Terry Foreman

DEPT / FORD is below the RIVER THAMES on this segment of Cary's Map

24 Jun 2014, 1:18 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Image of the Royal Dockyards, Deptford, end of the 17th century

8 Jul 2016, 2:50 a.m. - San Diego Sarah

... I by water to Deptford to see Sir W. Penn, who lies ill at Captain Rooth’s, ...

28 Jul 2016, 9:24 p.m. - San Diego Sarah

"... by and by came Sir G. Carteret and we all looked into matters, and then by water back to Deptford, where we dined with him at his house, ..."

11 Jan 2017, 4:31 a.m. - San Diego Sarah

"... and walked thither and back again from Deptford, where I did do something checking the iron business, ..." Anyone know what the iron business there was? Terry Foreman gives a good annotation on this day about the first recorded instance of iron being used in Navy ships being in 1670, but apparently something was going on at Deptford in 1663/64.

7 Aug 2018, 3:37 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Deptford Dockyard was an important naval dockyard and base at Deptford on the River Thames, in what is now the London Borough of Lewisham, operated by the Royal Navy from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. It built and maintained warships for 350 years, and many significant events and ships have been associated with it.


Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.