John Norden, The View of London Bridge from east to west, [1597] - detail of capsized rowing boat

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Date:1597

Description:A ‘taxi-boat’ in difficulties on the river Thames in Shakespeare's time.

Small rowing boats were the most common method of crossing the river Thames. These ferries acted as taxis and would travel 'eastward-ho', or 'westward-ho', along the river. Occasionally the tidal stream made negotiating the waters near the bridge extremely hazardous, as is shown by Norden's engraving.

Full title: John Norden, The View of London Bridge from east to west, [1597] (hand-coloured)


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1590s
John Norden, The View of London Bridge from east to west, [1597]
John Norden, The View of London Bridge from east to west, [1597]

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