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Paul’s Wharf

Dating back to Roman times, Paul’s Wharf, labelled Poles Wharfe on the Agas map, is one of the oldest wharfs on the Thames (Schofield 181). Paul’s Wharf, also known as St. Paul’s Wharf, was situated two blocks south of St. Paul’s Church. Early modern London’s only Welsh church, St. Benet’s, dedicated to St. Benedict (abbreviated Benet), was located in the neighborhood around Paul’s Wharf (Pryse-Hawkins). Church legend claims that Ann Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey received their last rights at St. Benet’s. Paul’s Wharf was the favourite point for the clergy at St. Paul’s Cathedral to begin and end their travel, likely due to proximity. The Queen Regent of Scotland also used Paul’s Wharf when visiting the Bishop’s Palace (Heylyn sig. Q1r).
Most references to Paul’s Wharf are about the neighborhood or its residents. One of the few instances of a direct reference occurs in the Proposal of a New Model for Rebuilding the City of London, which mentions the wharf as a landmark, but it gives no indication as to whether or not the wharf was damaged in the Great Fire of 1666. The list of rents paid in the parish of St. Peter’s, Paul’s Wharf shows it was both residential and commercial (Inhabitants of London). There were at least three publishers in the neighborhood: Thomas East, John Windet, and Thomas Mabb. Several sermons preached from the pulpit in St. Paul’s were published and mention Paul’s Wharf. However, while many were sold at St. Paul’s Churchyard, most were not published in the Paul’s Wharf neighborhood.


  • Citation

    Heylyn, Peter. Ecclesia restaurata, or, The history of the reformation of the Church of England containing the beginning, progress, and successes of it, the counsels by which it was conducted, the rules of piety and prudence upon which it was founded, the several steps by which it was promoted or retarded in the change of times, from the first preparations to it by King Henry the Eight untill the legal settling and establishment of it under Queen Elizabeth : together with the intermixture of such civil actions and affairs of state, as either were co-incident with it or related to it. London: H. Twyford, 1660. Wing H1701.

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    Schofield, John. The Medieval Port of London: Publication and Research Access. London Archaeologist 13.7 (2013): 181–186.

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MLA citation

Bourgon, Jennifer. Paul’s Wharf. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 6.6, edited by Janelle Jenstad, U of Victoria, 30 Jun. 2021, INP.

Chicago citation

Bourgon, Jennifer. Paul’s Wharf. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 6.6. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed June 30, 2021. INP.

APA citation

Bourgon, J. 2021. Paul’s Wharf. In J. Jenstad (Ed), The Map of Early Modern London (Edition 6.6). Victoria: University of Victoria. Retrieved from INP.

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