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The customs in London
The 'Great Harry' was built at Woolwich and launched in 1514, during the reign of Henry VIII. She was one of the first ships of war to carry gun...
Royal Dockyards and Trinity House
Henry VIII establishes naval dockyards at Deptford and Woolwich and the Corporation of Trinity House. The corporation assumes responsibility for...
Londinum Feracissimi Angliae Regni Metropolis (Map of London c. 1580).
When Henry VIII came to the throne in 1509, the population of the city of London was about 75,000. By 1600 that figure had risen to 200,000. London...
The early years
The wharves before the docks
Woodcut of early German ships, c. 1530.
In medieval times, ships in northern Europe began to change. Ships began to be built with straight sternposts instead of curved ends. Sailors found...
Trinity Almshouses and St Nicholas's Church.
The Trinity almshouses can be seen on the right of this photograph. Trinity Hall is in the centre and St Nicholas's can be seen in the distance. The...
Trade and expansion in the 16th century
London's community of merchants, adventurers and explorers seek out new trading opportunities with distant lands.
The 'Golden Lion' was one of the vessels that Lord Henry Seymour commanded in order to resist the Armada of King Philip II of Spain. Phillip intended...
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