Thursday, April 21, 2016

Worth a Thousand Words: Wapping on the Thames

Wapping on Thames by James McNeill Whistler
I've been thinking about "wapping." Is it the inn? Is it the way they are talking or does it mean a late afternoon party. Did someone forget the "r" and they were "wrapping" ... gifts just out of sight?

Of course, none of the above:
Wapping (/ˈwɒpɪŋ/ wop-ing) is a district in East London, England, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is situated between the north bank of the River Thames and the ancient thoroughfare simply called The Highway. Wapping's proximity to the river has given it a strong maritime character, which it retains through its riverside public houses and steps, such as the Prospect of Whitby and Wapping Stairs.
What would I do without Wikipedia and the internet?

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