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Wapping, Middlesex

Historical Description

Wapping, a parish in Stepney union, Middlesex, on the Thames, at the London Docks, 2 miles ESE of St Paul's, London. It has a station on the East London railway, situated at one end of the Thames Tunnel. It forms a low strip along the river's bank; was overflowed or marshy till the time of Elizabeth; was then reclaimed, embanked, and converted into meadow and building site; had only one street in the time of Charles II., and was the scene of Judge Jeffreys' capture in a sailor's disguise in 1688. It formed part of Whitechapel parish till 1695; became all occupied with streets or with appurtenances of London Harbour; is now occupied over considerable space by part of the London Docks; suffered demolition of many houses for dock extension prior to 1861, and presents the appearances characteristic of the port of London. Acreage, 42; population, 2123. The living is a rectory in the diocese of London; net value, £284 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of London.

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 parishWapping St. John the Evangelist 
Poor Law unionStepney 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Wapping 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 Wapping are available from a number of sites:

DistrictTower Hamlets
CountyGreater London
Postal districtE1W
Post TownLondon