Shadwell  Middlesex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Shadwell like this:

SHADWELL, a parish and a sub-district in Stepney district, Middlesex. The parish lies on the river Thames, near the Blackwall railway, 2½ miles E S E of St. Paul's, London; took its name from St. Chad's mineral well, in Sun Tavern fields; was part of Stepney till 1669; continued till then to be a hamlet, belonging to the Nealds; is now a compact portion of the metropolis, divided into Lower S. ...

and Upper S.; is inhabited, in its L. part, chiefly by ship-chandlers, provision-merchants, sail-makers, anchor-smiths, coopers, and seamen; contains Lascar barracks and the new works of the London docks; and has a station on the railway, a post-office‡ under London E, and a police station. Acres, 99; of which 31 are water. Real property, £27, 137; of which £96 are in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 11, 702; in 1861, 8, 499. Houses, 1,066. The decrease of pop. was caused partly by demolition of houses for the new works of the Londondock. The living is a rectory in the diocese of London. Value, £452.* Patron, the Bishop of London. The church was rebuilt in 1821, at a cost of £14,000; and is a brick edifice, with a steeple. There are chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists, national schools with an endowed income of £220, dissenters' schools with £70, alms-houses for 31 seamen's widows with £38, and other charities £15. A Roman grave was found in 1615. M. Mead, the nonconformist, was rector from 1658 till 1662. The sub-district includes Wapping parish, and comprises 179 acres. Pop. in 1861, 12, 537. Houses, 1, 501.

Shadwell through time

Shadwell is now part of Tower Hamlets district. Click here for graphs and data of how Tower Hamlets has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Shadwell itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Shadwell, in Tower Hamlets and Middlesex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 16th April 2024

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