Town of Ramsgate
The Town of Ramsgate public house is located at the centre of the ancient hamlet of Wapping in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It features in several books about London inns where it is rated as 'a notable specimen of a waterman's tavern.' Although the present building dates back to 1758, the National Monuments Record have stated that it was constructed on earlier foundations. Today it benefits from a listed Grade II, awarded primarily for the pub's interior; the 'beamed ceilings, benches, plank paneling and engraved glass screen' but also for its 'group value and historical associations.' Despite later changes,the pub has a distinctive atmosphere. Crammed into a small rectangular area between Wapping Old Stairs and Oliver's Wharf, its fight for space is reflected in the long narrow shapes of the pub's main bar. Walking out onto the pub's riverside terrace, the visitor is confronted by the dramatic sight of narrow steps leading up to the mock gallows that loom against the skyline.
To the left of the inn are the Georgian houses of Pier Head which were built in 1811 for the employees of the London Dock Company. The railed gardens cover the former entrance to Wapping Basin. Opposite the pub is St. John's Church. Built in 1790, all that remains is the tower, as the main body of the church was destroyed during the Blitz. To the right is Oliver's Wharf.
This huge Victorian warehouse stored thousands of chests of Indian and Chinese tea before its conversion into flats in the twentieth century. The title-deeds show that the Olivers with the tavern. Joseph Oliver (senior), an ironmonger who employed men, left the freehold of the property to the sons George and Joseph of January 1848.
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