|St. Savoir's Docks 1795|
St Saviour's DockYou leave monks alone for five minutes if they’re not developing the foundations of the modern scientific method(1) or throwing peasants off their land they’re developing the mouths of innocuous tributaries of the Thames into major dockyards.
In the 17th Century it became a favoured place to execute pirates. The poor blameless river who’s misfortune it was to have a gibbet hung at its mouth became known as the Neckinger after the slang term for the noose – The Devils Neckcloth.
By the 19th Century it was a horrific rookery where thousands of the London poor were forced to live in horrifically overcrowded and dirty accommodation. It was here that Charles Dicken’s played out the drama of Bill Sykes death and in honour of that great work of literature Doctor Who threw a Dalek out the window in 1984.
More information on the dock can be found here and a description of the course of the Neckinger is here.
(1) Friar Bacon – I mean Fry-er Bacon, did he not want to be taken seriously?
Arkady and Boris StrugatskyАрка́дий Струга́цкий & Бори́с Струга́цкий
|Never in a million years would you guess they were SF writers would you?|
Actually I don’t know why I brought them up. Look into my eyes this blog never happened, you were never here… buy more than one copy of Broken Homes.