Deptford and Woolwich: London's Royal Dockyards
Centre of authority
By the early 16th century, London was a centre of royal and Church authority and the home of national government and the judiciary. It was also England's financial, commercial, trading and industrial capital.
Henry VIII further enhanced London's national significance and widened the range of its activities by setting up the Royal Dockyards at Deptford and Woolwich on the south bank of the Thames.
The dockyards soon became major centres of industry in their own right with a far-reaching impact on the local communities.
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