In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Deptford like this:
Deptford.-- parl. bor., consisting of the par. of Deptford St Paul, Kent and Surrey, on Ravensbourne rivulet and river Thames, 3 miles SE. of London Bridge by rail and immediately W. of Greenwich, 1575 ac., pop. 76,752. Deptford has engineering works, some mfrs. of earthenware, soap, and chemicals, and, in the neighbourhood, excellent market gardens. The old naval dockyard was discontinued in 1869; it was I filled up and converted into a foreign cattle-market, i which was abolished in 1873. ...
The royal victualling-yard, the most important in the kingdom, is still maintained. The corporation of Trinity House have at D. an hospital for master mariners. Of Sayes Court, which figures in Scott's Kenilworth, and which was the residence of Peter the Great while he was studying shipbuilding at D., only the garden now remains. D. returns 1 member to Parl.; it was made a parl. bor. in 1885.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Deptford, in Lewisham and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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