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'The Greenwich Company's Steam Packets, The Greenwich, Royal Tar, Gipsy, Water Lily and Fly, with the New Pier, Hospital, Churches &c, &c'

PAH3280

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Object ID PAH3280
Description Greenwich gained its first pier in 1836 and George Basevi's St Mary's Church, which can be seen behind it in the centre was built in 1823-25 (demolished 1936, only the St Mary's gate of the Park preserves its name, with the statue of Wiliam IV now on the site). The buildings along Fisher Lane, behind Greenwich Pier, were also demolished in the early 1840s and certainly gone by 1848. here the 'Ship Hotel' is shown in its old position at the far east end of Tavern Row, as the riverside frontage of Fisher Lane was known. The tall building the centre, just left of the flag on the Pier, may be the large Hospital brewery of 1832 which was burnt in 1843 but rebuilt and demolished in the 1870s. The building to the right of the base of the pier is presumably the Salutation Tavern beside Garden Stairs. This is the only image so far seen which suggest's Greenwich Pier protruded more as a jetty into the river. The whole waterfront also appears rather stretched out and other detail unreliable, so what credence the image merits is slightly problematic. The vessels illustrated, according to the printed caption, are the 'Greenwich', 'Royal Tar', 'Gipsy', 'Water Lily' and 'Fly'.
Date made c. 1840

Artist/Maker Ranwell, after William
Fairland, Charles Henry
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials hand-coloured lithograph
Measurements Sheet: 400 x 585 mm; Mount: 483 mm x 633 mm
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  • 'The Greenwich Company's Steam Packets, The Greenwich, Royal Tar, Gipsy, Water Lily and Fly, with the New Pier, Hospital, Churches &c, &c' (PAH3280)
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