At a glance, you probably wouldn’t think that the Deptford Dockyard has anything in common with the mind-blowing Inca ruins in Peru or Venice’s labyrinth of canals. Up until recently, at least, you’d have been right, as the dock has just been listed as one of 67 landmarks on the World Monuments Fund ‘Watch List’ for 2014. Alongside the Inca ruins, Venice and our own Battersea Power Station, Deptford Dockyard has been deemed to be at risk from forces of nature and the impact of social, political and economic change.
Deptford heritage campaigners are understandably chuffed with the news, especially as they’ve been battling with developers Hutchison Whampoa to include more historic features in their plans to build 3,500 high-value homes in the area. This includes the ‘Build the Lenox’ campaigners, who want to construct a replica of the 17th century warship as part of the new development. No-one is against the development, but the WMF’s recognition will undoubtedly aid the campaigners in getting their ideal site ship-shape.
For more info on Build the Lenox campaign go to buildthelenox.org