The A-Z Tour
8. Wapping Steps
Wapping Steps, or Wapping Old Stairs, lead from Wapping High Street down to the Thames. It is reputed that the infamous Judge Jeffries was caught at Wapping Old Stairs trying to flee to France after the abdication of James II. At low tide, you can see a post where pirates were chained to be drowned by the tide, and nearby is Execution Dock, where Captain Kidd was hanged in 1701.
The alleyway down to the Wapping Steps runs along the side of a 15th century pub called the Town of Ramsgate. This curious name arose because fishermen from Ramsgate in Kent used the Steps to land their catch.
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