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Rotherhithe has been a port since the 12th century or earlier, and a shipyard since Elizabethan times. Romance and reality The Victorian era and the early twentieth century idealised the Elizabethan era It was the site from which the Mayflower set off on its journey to carry the Pilgrim Fathers to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. The Mayflower was the famous Ship that transported the English Separatists better known as the Pilgrims, from Southampton, England Pilgrims, or Pilgrim Fathers (or Pilgrim Mothers) is a name commonly applied to the early settlers of the Plymouth Colony in present-day Plymouth The ship's captain, Christopher Jones, lived in Rotherhithe and was buried there in 1622. Christopher Jones (c1570 - March 1622 was master of the Mayflower between at least 1609 and 1622 and captained it on the transatlantic voyage that established the
Because much of Rotherhithe was covered by the now-defunct Surrey Commercial Docks, the district is often referred to as Surrey Docks or (since the late 1980s) Surrey Quays, though the latter name tends to be used more for the southern half of the peninsula. History The sparsely populated Rotherhithe peninsula was originally wet marshland alongside the river The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. Surrey Quays is a name given to a largely residential area of Rotherhithe in south-east London, occupied until 1970 by the Surrey Commercial Docks. An eastern part, which became in effect an island when the docks were in use and locks open is called "Downtown". In the past Rotherhithe has also been known as the cognate "Redriff".  It is part of the SE16 postal district. Electorally, the western half is Rotherhithe ward and the eastern half Surrey Docks ward.
Redriff was the fictional birthplace of Jonathan Swift's character Lemuel Gulliver, of Gulliver's Travels fame, and where his family waited for him. Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 Gulliver's Travels (1726 amended 1735 officially Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World in Four Parts
Rotherhithe is joined to the north bank of the Thames by three tunnels. The Thames Tunnel to Wapping was the first underwater tunnel in the world, built by the Brunels as a pedestrian tunnel. The Thames Tunnel is an underwater tunnel built beneath the River Thames in London. Wapping (pronounced 'Wopping' is a place in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets which forms part of the Docklands to the east of the City of London. It is now occupied by the East London Line of the London Underground, which since 23rd December 2007 has been closed for conversion to become part of the London Overground network by summer 2010. The East London Line was a line of the London Underground, coloured orange on the Tube map. The London Underground is a Metro system serving a large part of Greater London and neighbouring areas of Essex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire London Overground (LO is a Commuter rail service in London UK. The later Rotherhithe Tunnel (opened 1908) carries a two-lane road to Limehouse. The Rotherhithe Tunnel is a road tunnel crossing beneath the River Thames in East London. Year 1908 ( MCMVIII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year Limehouse is a place in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is on the northern bank of the River Thames opposite Rotherhithe and between Ratcliff The Jubilee Line extension (opened 1999) has a railway tunnel to Canary Wharf in the Isle of Dogs. The Jubilee line is a line on the London Underground ("the Tube" in the United Kingdom. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Canary Wharf is a large business and shopping development in London, located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, centred on the old West India Docks The Isle of Dogs is a former island in the East End of London that is surrounded on three sides (east south and west by one of the largest Meanders in
Although the docks were closed and largely filled in during the 1980s, and have now been replaced by modern housing and commercial facilities, Rotherhithe is still dominated by its former maritime heritage. The largest surviving dock on the south bank, Greenland Dock, is the focal point for the southern part of the district, while preserved wharves dominate the riverside at the north end of Rotherhithe. Greenland Dock is the oldest of London 's riverside docks located in Rotherhithe in the area of the city now known as Docklands. St. Mary's Church dominates the old town centre, a short distance from the historic Brunel Engine House at the south end of the Thames Tunnel. St Mary's Church Rotherhithe is the local Church of England parish church in Rotherhithe, formerly in Surrey and now part of south east London The Brunel Museum is a museum in the Brunel Engine House, Rotherhithe, South East London.
Rotherhithe had its own general hospital, St Olave's Hospital, in Lower Road. St Olave's Hospital as a general hospital serving the Rotherhithe area of London until its closure in 1985 Built originally in the early 1870s on land adjoining Rotherhithe Workhouse, it became the infirmary of St Olave's Union in 1875, and was renamed St Olave's Hospital in 1930. St Olave's Hospital as a general hospital serving the Rotherhithe area of London until its closure in 1985 Subsequently becoming part of the Guy's Hospital Teaching Group in 1966, it closed in 1985 and the site has been redeveloped into the residential Ann Moss Way.
When the roudabout facing the Rotherhithe Tunnel was redeveloped in the early 1980's, several nineteenth century buildings were demolished including a school and a nunnery. A public house described in an early twentieth century history of the area as one its oldest, was also demolished.
Rotherhithe is the traditional home of the football team, Fisher Athletic F.C., although the team currently ground shares in Dulwich Hamlet. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered Fisher Athletic FC are a semi-professional football club from South East London, currently playing in the Conference South, which is one of the two leagues Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is an English football club who play at Champion Hill stadium in Dulwich, in the London Borough of Southwark.
The sustainable transport charity Sustrans has proposed the construction of a bicycle and pedestrian swing bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf, and a feasibility study is underway. Sustrans is a British charity which promotes Sustainable transport. Canary Wharf is a large business and shopping development in London, located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, centred on the old West India Docks 
Because much of the former Surrey Docks had strong trade links to Scandinavia and the Baltic region the area is still home to a thriving Scandinavian community. There are several long-established Nordic churches in London. History The sparsely populated Rotherhithe peninsula was originally wet marshland alongside the river Terminology and usage As a cultural term "Scandinavia" has no official definition and is subject to usage by those who identify with the culture in question as well The Balts or Baltic peoples (People who live by the Baltic Sea) defined as speakers of one of the Baltic languages, a branch of the Indo-European During World War II, in fact, it housed the Norwegian Government-in-Exile. Originally established as seafarers' missions, Rotherhithe is home to a Norwegian , a Finnish  and a Swedish  church. The Church of Norway ( Den norske kirke in Bokmål or Den norske kyrkja in Nynorsk) is the state church of Norway The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (in Finnish Suomen evankelis-luterilainen kirkko; in Swedish Evangelisk-lutherska kyrkan The Church of Sweden (Svenska kyrkan Ruoŧa girkui is the largest church in Sweden. The Finnish Church and the Norwegian Church are both located in Albion Street; they were built in 1958 and 1927 respectively (Rotherhithe Library is located between them). The Finnish Seamen's Mission was established in 1875 In Finland's two official languages it is known as Suomen Merimieskirkko ry in Finnish and Finlands There are several long-established Nordic churches in London. There are also a number of "community centres" for the Nordic community in London, including hostels, shops and cafés and even a sauna, mostly linked closely to the churches. A sauna (ˈsɔːnə or as Finnish) is a small room or house designed as a place to experience dry or wet heat sessions or an establishment with one or more of these and auxiliary
Some of the redeveloped areas were built by Nordic architects, such as the Greenland Passage development  by Danish Company Kjaer & Richter. The Nordic countries make up a region in Northern Europe called the Nordic region, consisting of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, This gives some areas a distinctly "Nordic" feel in terms of house and street design.
The relationship with Scandinavia and the Baltic is also reflected in the names of some of the buildings (such as the King Frederik IX Tower) , the street names (e. Ancestors g. Sweden Quay, Norway Gate, Helsinki Square) or other place names (e. g. Greenland Dock). Greenland Dock is the oldest of London 's riverside docks located in Rotherhithe in the area of the city now known as Docklands. Another major influence factor was trade with Russia and Canada (mainly timber), reflected in names such as Canada Water  and the Russia Dock Woodland. Russia (Россия Rossiya) or the Russian Federation ( Rossiyskaya Federatsiya) is a transcontinental Country extending Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page Canada Water is a lake and wildlife refuge in Rotherhithe in the Docklands in south-east London. Russia Dock Woodland is a long narrow park in Rotherhithe, London, created by the infilling of one of the former Surrey Commercial Docks.
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Historic Mayflower Pub
View from Stave Hill over Canary Wharf
Stave Hill woodland