FERRY HISTORYVESSEL HISTORYNAME ORIGIN

 

Probable Association with Ferry Name 

 

Alleyn, Edward, (1566 – 1626) Actor.

 

Boydell, John, (1719-1804). Artist (Engraver) & became Lord Mayor of London.

 

Brunel, Sir Marc Isambard, (1769 -1849) or more probably his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel, (1806 - 1859) both eminent engineers and both involved with London’s first tunnel at Rotherhithe.

 

Ben Jonson (1572 – 1637). Playwright and Poet.

 

Carlyle, Thomas, (1795 – 1881) Writer and mathematician.

 

Caxton, William, (1422 – 1491) introduced the art of printing into England.

 

Charles Lamb (1775 – 1834) Writer & poet.

  

Baynard     Baynard's Castle - built on the banks of the Fleet and the Thames by Ralph Baynard a vassal of William I to protect the western edge of Norman London. Rebuilt at least twice and survived until the Great Fire when all but one turret (survived until 1720) was destroyed.

 

 Chaucer, Geoffrey, (1340 – 1400) Poet famous for "Canterbury Tales".

 

Christopher Wren (1632 – 1723) Scientist & architect famous for St Paul’s Cathedral.

 

Colechurch, Peter de, was the builder of the first stone London bridge which was started in 1176 but took 33 years to complete and was not finished until 1209 four years after de Colechurch died.

 

Earl Godwin (c. 1001 – 1053) was the most powerful Anglo Saxon in England in 1042.

 

Edmund Ironside (c. 981 – 1016) King of the English (1016), son of Æthelred the Unready.

 

Fitzailwin, Henry, (c.1125 – 1212) First mayor of the commune of London 1187-1212.

 

Gibbon, Edward, (1737-1794) Historian & scholar.

 

Gresham, Sir Thomas, (c.1519–1579) Founder of Gresham College, or his father Sir Richard Gresham who was Lord Mayor of London in 1537/38.

 

King Alfred, (849 – 899) Alfred the Great, King of the West-Saxons.

 

Marlowe, Christopher, (1564-1593) Elizabethan poet & dramatist.

 

Morris, William, (1834-1896) a designer and manufacturer of furniture, stained glass, tapestries, wallpaper and chintzes; an accomplished weaver; a pioneering preservationist; an active Socialist and social reformer; a successful poet and novelist; and in his last years, the founder of the Kelmscott Press.

 

Olaf Haraldsson (995 - 1030) (Saint Olaf, the patron saint of Norway) Viking chieftain who attacked London by river in 1009 and tore down London Bridge, believed to be the inspiration for the 'London Bridge is falling down' rhyme. He became king of Norway in1016.

 

Pepys, Samuel, (1633 – 1703) senior naval administrator and diarist.

 

Purcell, Henry, (1659 – 1695) Baroque composer & musician.

 

Raleigh, Sir Walter, (c.1552-1618), English adventurer and writer, who was prominent at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, and became an explorer of the Americas.

 

Rennie, John, (1761 – 1821) Civil engineer. Built Waterloo Bridge in 1817 and Southwark Bridge in 1819. His son, also John Rennie completed London Bridge after his death, to his fathers design.

 

Shakespeare, William, (1564 – 1616) Playwright & poet.

 

Sloane, Sir Hans, (1660-1753) A physician and botanist, Sloane founded the Chelsea Physic Garden in 1721 and acted as President of the Royal Society, 1727-41. His collection and library formed the nucleus of the British Museum.

 

Thomas More (1477 - 1535) lawyer, prolific writer, MP and statesman - was Chancellor of England between 1529 and 1532. Disagreed with Henry Vlll's break with Rome and was tried for treason at Westminster, and on July 6th 1535 he was executed by beheading on Tower Hill.

 

Turner, Joseph Mallord William, (1775–1851). The foremost English romantic painter and landscape artist.

 

Vanbrugh, Sir John, (1664–1726), English dramatist, architect, soldier, and adventurer perhaps best known as the designer of Blenheim Palace.

 

Whittington, Richard (Dick), (c.1350-1423) Whittington was three times Master of the Mercers’ Company and four times Mayor of London.