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Shadwell, Middlesex

Historical Description

Shadwell, a parish in Middlesex, which 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 till 1669, continued till then to be a hamlet, belonging to the Neales, and is now a compact portion of the metropolis, divided into Lower Shadwell and Upper Shadwell. It was inhabited in its lower part chiefly by ship-chandlers, provision merchants, sailmakers, coopers, and seamen, but Lower Shadwell is now occupied by the London Dock entrance and basin, wharves, warehouses, and the new Shadwell Fishmarket. Acreage, 110; population, 10,246. The living is a rectory in the diocese of London; gross value, £400 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of London. The church was rebuilt in 1821 at a cost of £14,000, and is a brick edifice with a handsome steeple. 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.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyMiddlesex 
Ecclesiastical parishShadwell St. Paul 
Poor Law unionStepney 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Shadwell from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Middlesex is online.


Online maps of Shadwell are available from a number of sites:

DistrictTower Hamlets
CountyGreater London
Postal districtE1W
Post TownLondon