Metropolitan Wharf, Wapping, London E1

Metropolitan Wharf. 1862 onwards. Wapping, London E1. Consisting of five large warehouses "still retaining much of their original appearance," this wharf is described as "very substantial" (Craig et al. 54), with the first warehouse having been built in 1862-3, and the last in the late 1890s. Wapping Wall is said to have "the best stretch of large C19 riverside warehouses left on the Thames" (Williamson et al. 225). As well as housing, it now contains office space and other facilities, including the Pollyanna Children's Theatre — testimony to the imaginative adaptation of these stoutly built Victorian structures. Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2009. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

Related Material


Craig, Charles, et al. London's Changing Riverscape: Panoramas from London Bridge to Greenwich. London: Francis Lincoln, 2009.

Williamson, Elizabeth, et al. London Docklands. London: Penguin, 1998.

Last modified 12 August 2009