Wapping Old Stairs
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Wapping Old Stairs

Stairs with a gruesome history - What a whopper!


If the tide is out you can descend the steps on to the riverbed, but be careful, as it is slippery.

These stairs have a gruesome history. Pirates were hanged nearby in Execution Dock and their corpses brought here so that they were washed over by the tide three times.

This caused them to be swollen and people said 'What a whopper!' - hence the name Wapping. It was also here that the notorious Judge Jeffreys was apprehended in 1689 when trying to escape to France disguised as a sailor. He was taken to the Tower, but died before he could be executed.

Location: Nr Wapping high Street


Wapping and Whopper come from different roots, surely. Not convinced. (Anonymous)
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-07-27