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Appendix 2 LCC The names of the 30 steamboats :-

King Alfred-The famous king who practically re-founded London by resettling and fortifying the city after it had been laid waste by the Danes.

Edmund Ironside-King Edmund Ironside, who defended London from the Danes, and who, more than any other king, recognised the importance of Lon­don to the defences of the kingdom.

Olaf-The great Norwegian leader who did much to establish the rule of the Northmen in England. Southwark, which owed its origin to the Danish and Nor­wegian settlers round London, contains a church dedicated to him.

Earl Godwin-The great English earl who sailed up the Thames and with his son, afterwards King Harold, forced Edward the Confessor to recognise the rights of the English against the Normans. .

FitzAilwin-Henry FitzAilwin, the first Mayor of London, whose house was situ­ated near London Stone.

Colechurch-Peter of Colechurch, who was the architect of the first London Bridge constructed of stone, and who is buried in the chapel which stood in the centre of the bridge.

Chaucer-Geoffrey Chaucer, who was born in London, whowas at onetime comptroller (correct use of the word controller of finance) of customs in the port of London, and whose famous poem The Canterbury Tales, contains most interesting reference to Southwark.

Whittington-Richard Whittington, three times Mayor of London, who was a liberal benefactor of London, and whose popularity is testified to by the leg­endary tale concerning him.

Caxton- William Caxton, the first English printer, who lived at Westminster, and there set up the first printing press in England.

Thomas More-Sir Thomas More, the great Lord Chancellor, who lived on the banks of the Thames at Chelsea.

Gresham-Sir Thomas Gresham, the great London merchant.

Francis Drake-Sir Francis Drake, the great admiral, whose famous ship was moored in the Thames as an object of interest and curiosity to Londoners af­ter his voyage in which he made the circumnavigation of the globe.

Raleigh-Sir Walter Raleigh, the great commander, who sailed from the Thames on his voyages of discovery, and who for fourteen years lay a prisoner in the Tower within sound of the Thames.

Shakespeare-William Shakespeare, many of whose plays, which have ren­dered his name immortal, were produced at the famous Globe theatre, close to the Thames on the Bankside.

Marlowe-Christopher Marlowe, the Elizabethan dramatist, who was killed at Deptford.

Alleyn-Edward Alleyn, the actor, who founded Dulwich College, and who was

intimately associated with the theatres on the Bankside.

Ben Jonson-The dramatist and poet, who acted at the Bankside theatres in

Southwark, where most of his plays were produced.

Christopher Wren-Sir Christopher Wren, the great architect, many of whose

churches and other buildings can be seen from the Thames.

Pepys- Samuel Pepys, secretary to the Admiralty, and the writer of the famous


Purcell-Henry Purcell, the musical composer, who was born at Westminster. Sloane-Sir Hans Sloane, the eminent physician, who resided for many years at Chelsea.

Vanbrugh-Sir John Vanbrugh, the celebrated architect and dramatist, who

lived near the Thames at Greenwich.

Boydell-John Boydell (Lord Mayor of London) and Josiah Boydell, who together

produced a well-known illustrated history of the Thames.

Gibbon-Edward Gibbon, the great historian, who was born and spent his boyhood

at Putney.

Charles Lamb-Charles Lamb, the essayist and humourist, who was born in a

house in the Temple overlooking the Thames.

Rennie -John Rennie, the great engineer, who built London Bridge, Waterloo

Bridge, and Southwark Bridge.

Brunel -Sir Marc Isambard Brunei and his son, Isambard Kingdom Brunei, the two great engineers, who constructed the first tunnel under the Thames.

Turner -Joseph Mallord William Turner, the great painter, several of whose pic­tures represent scenes on the Thames, and who died at Chelsea on the banks of the river.

Carlyle-Thomas Carlyle, the great man of letters, who lived for many years on the banks of the Thames at Chelsea.

Morris-William Morris, the poet, artist, and social reformer, who lived for nearly twenty years at Hammersmith, on the hanks of the Thames, where he estab­lished the celebrated Kelmscott Press.

A tablet was placed in the cabin of each boat, giving a short historical note of the person after whom the boat is named.

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