Place:Wapping, London, England

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NameWapping
Alt namesWapping-Whitechapelsource: Victoria County History of Middlesex
TypeParish
Coordinates51.50396°N 0.06116°W
Located inLondon, England     (1889 - 1965)
Also located inMiddlesex, England     ( - 1889)
See alsoStepney, Middlesex, Englandparish in which it was located until 1323
St George in the East, Middlesex, Englandcovered the northern part of Wapping 1323-1729
Whitechapel, London, Englandparish which historically included the southern part of Wapping 1323-1729
Stepney (metropolitan borough), London, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it was a part 1900-1965
Tower Hamlets (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough in which it has been located since 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog



Wapping was historically a hamlet called Wapping-Whitechapel in the parish of Whitechapel, which itself had been part of the parish of Stepney prior to 1323. The name 'Wapping-Whitechapel' was used to distinguish it from 'Wapping-Stepney' which was the northern part of Wapping which remained in Stepney parish after 1323 and would later become the parish of St George in the East.

Wapping-Whitechapel became a parish in its own right in 1729, simply known as Wapping. In 1889 it was transferred from Middlesex to the newly-created County of London and in 1900 became part of Stepney Metropolitan Borough. Stepney Metropolitan Borough was abolished in 1965 and became part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Greater London.

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Wapping is a district in the eastern part of London, England, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is situated between the north bank of the River Thames and the ancient thoroughfare simply called "The Highway". Wapping's proximity to the river has given it a strong maritime character, which it retains through its riverside public houses and steps, such as the "Prospect of Whitby" (a pub) and "Wapping Stairs" (stairs down to the river).

Many of the original buildings were demolished during the construction of the London Docks between 1799 and 1815 and Wapping was further seriously damaged during the Blitz. As the London Docklands declined after the Second World War, the area became run down, with the great warehouses left empty. The area's fortunes were transformed during the 1980s by the London Docklands Development Corporation when the warehouses started to be converted into luxury flats.

Since 1980 many banks and investment firms and newspapers have moved their headquarters out of central London and taken premises in the former Docklands area.

History

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Wapping.

Greater London Research Tips

  • See wiki.familysearch.org under "London" and also under "Middlesex", "Surrey" and "Kent" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
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  • The London Encyclopaedia by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. An e-book available online through Google, originally published by Pan Macmillan. There is a search box in the left-hand pane.
  • London Lives. A very useful free website for anyone researching their London ancestors between the years 1690-1800. This is a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.
  • London Ancestor, a website belonging to one of the London family history societies, has a list of transcriptions of directories from the 18th century, listing in one case "all the squares, streets, lanes, courts, yards, alleys, &C. in and about Five Miles of the Metropolis..." In other parts of the same website are maps of various parts of 19th century London and Middlesex.
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  • Registration Districts in London, Registration Districts in Middlesex, Registration Districts in Surrey, Registration Districts in Kent, are lists of the registration districts used for civil registration (births, marriages and deaths, as well as the censuses). There are linked supporting lists of the parishes which made up each registration district, the dates of formation and abolition of the districts, the General Register Office numbers, and the local archive-holding place. This work has been carried out by Brett Langston under the agency of GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland) and UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Censuses on the Internet.
  • The Wikipedia article on the London Docks describing the time of the Napoleonic Wars contain a map of 1831 illustrating the docks themselves. The article discusses the types of cargo transferred there.
  • A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 11, Stepney, Bethnal Green from the Victoria County History Series provided by British History Online.
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