The Walk in Pictures 1066 Harold’s Way, Walk 1
Wapping and Canary Wharf
On from Wapping and as you walk round the bend look across the river to Limehouse, a dock since medieval times and in the 19th and early 20th centuries it was a dangerous place to be.
It was London’s first and original China Town and the opium and gambling dens soon attracted more than just Chinese sailors.
Dickens, Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde all visited Limehouse and they secured its seedy and lurid history in popular imagination.
It reputedly became the place for high adventure, fuelled by stories of the fictional Fu Manchu and Sherlock Holmes and all the ‘dross’ of the world.
We have the width of the river to protect us from our imagination. You can stand and stare across the river with ‘Limehouse Blues’ playing in your ear and imagine the 1920’s – there is a clip on You Tube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfP820uuReI
Then, Canary Wharf comes into view with the towers of its merchants and the wealthy striving to be ever higher in the sky, a modern San Gimignano.