Wapping Old Stairs

      Wapping Old Stairs are over three hundred years old, and are situated next to the ‘Town of Ramsgate’ public house in Wapping High Street, which has been in existence since the 15th century Wars of The Roses.

       There is a post there to which the bodies of hanged pirates and buccaneers were chained and left for three full tides before being removed.

       Judge Geoffreys, another notorious 'Hanging Judge' was arrested on the steps outside the pub on the Thames. He was dressed as a sailor, trying to flee the country and was detained just before he could board his ship.

       His spirit remains trapped on the ancient old stairs and is reportedly seen on occasion by the Thames River Police who are headquartered nearby.

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Wapping Old Stairs
Photograph © Anthony Bliss 2006