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Deptford was originally a village in Kent. The original meaning of the name Deptford is probably from 'deep ford' where the London road crossed over the Creek .
1497 Lord Audley and Cornish rebels defeated at Deptford.
1513 Royal Dock built at Deptford, became known as King's Yard.
1544 Dock had become most important in England.
1581 Francis Drake knighted by Elizabeth I at Deptford.
1593 Christopher Marlowe killed in a Deptford tavern.
C17 East India Company established in Deptford.
1623 A map referred to 'Common Greene' (Deptford Green).
1660s Samuel Pepys visited Deptford on naval work.
1697 Docks employed 697 men.
1698 Peter the Great worked at Royal Dock as carpenter to learn ship design. Stayed with the diarist John Evelyn at Sayes Court.
1708 Master Shipwright House built on riverside by Joseph Allin, who was the master shipwright for the royal dockyard next door.
1711 Docks employed 1100 men.
Early Victorian Deptford
1840 Deptford Broadway
1844 Dockyard reopened for steam ships.
1848 Cook's HMS Discovery used as a convict bulk at Deptford.
1858 Royal Victoria Victualling Yard renamed from Red House.
Mid Victorian Deptford
1869 Royal Dockyard closed. Became Foreign Cattle Market (until 1913) and later Convo's Wharf.
Late Victorian Deptford
1894 Deptford Fund began to improve the plight of Deptford's community
1898 Foundation stone of the Albany Institute was laid
1901 Deptford became a London borough.
1903 Carrington House built as a lodging house for men (corner Brookmill Road).
1903 Deptford Library Theatre
c 1905 postcard of Deptford Broadway
1907 Deptford Town Hall opened.
1914 Deptford Library opened.
World War II & Deptford
1940 Deptford hit by German bombers during Blitz
1941 Deptford suffered several flying bomb attacks
Post War Deptford
1954 New lifting bridge built across Deptford Creek.
History of Deptford - N. Dews (1884)
Turning The Tide-History of Everyday Deptford - Jesse Steele (Deptford Forum 1993)
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