Wharf development of Deptford Creek has transformed the appearance of the shore line of both the Greenwich and Lewisham sides of the creek.
Many of the historical names survive as guide to how the river was once used and testament to the power of the waterways for trade and transport. Names like Theatre, Sun and Evelyn, Raliegh, Phonix and Kent are evocative of 18th century fortunes.
Today it is still possible to get a glimpse of the water from the eight bridges over the Creek, from Ilverson Road all the way up to the Swing Bridge at the creek mouth. The ideal view is to be had from a boat as it skims along the tidal reach from where you get a much better sense of the scale and space but it’s hard to imagine the hundreds of boats that once crossed over each other in the quest for commerce.