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Turner, Tobacco and a Mystic Swede

Turner, Tobacco and a Mystic Swede
Photo: Ingrid Wallenborg

An Exploration of Wapping - Walking Tour

Wapping is an area whose history is inextricably linked with the development of wharves and docks and it is still characterised by remarkable remnants of its industrial [and criminal!] past. The fortunes of St Katherine’s and Tobacco Dock have been very mixed just as have the lives of some of Wapping’s famous inhabitants including JMW Turner and a dangerous intellectual Swede. This walk links the past with present developments, and digs up lesser-known anecdotes about some elusive but extraordinary Wapping characters.

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