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A Wapping book launch of Piety and Piracy on 9th May

A Wapping book launch of Piety and Piracy on 9th May

‘Piety and Piracy: The History of Wapping and St Katharine’s’ by Madge Darby will launch at a free event on Monday 9th May.

From 7pm – 9pm at Raines Hall in Wapping the History of Wapping Trust will reveal what is possibly their best book yet.

‘Piety and Piracy’ is a highly illustrated chronological history of Wapping through the ages starting with the Roman period and ending in present day Wapping.

Wappingite author Madge Darby and members of the History of Wapping Trust will speak at the event and be on hand afterwards to answer all our Wapping history questions.

Piety and Piracy: The History of Wapping and St Katharine’s

Written as a sequential history, ‘Piety and Piracy’ begins with Wapping’s Roman period around 260 A.D.

The History of Wapping Trust considered a second edition to the rare and out of print “Waeppa’s People” published in 1988 but decided new material and pictures deserved a complete rewrite.

Each chapter of ‘Piety and Piracy’ is dedicated to a historical age and the new book is printed on glossy paper with fantastic colour illustrations throughout thanks to John Tarby’s historical photo library.

The new book is locked away until the official launch on 9th May but we did manage to sneak a quick look yesterday.

The cover is striking and could happily sit on the bestseller stands and having now read the first page and flicked through the pictures we are itching to see and read more, so roll on 9th May.

The Roman starting point for ‘Piety and Piracy’ is particularly interesting for Wapping at the moment because of the archaeological dig at Tobacco Dock due to finish this month.

About the author

Madge Darby was born in 1927 in Old Gravel Lane (now Wapping Lane) and is a real Waeppa.

Madge DarbyResident at Pierhead in Wapping High Street since 1975, Madge has lived in here all her life moving only from Old Gravel Lane to St Gabriels in 1938.

Wapping’s Darby family history stretches back many generations. The earliest written ancestry is the baptism of Elizabeth Darby in 1636 which can be found in the 17th century St John’s Church Registers, but the Wapping roots may go back much further.

Madge Darby was a pupil at Raine’s School in Arbour Square, Stepney before taking a BA (Hons) degree in History at Queen Mary College, University of London.


The History of Wapping Trust

Formed in the 1980’s out of the Wapping Parents Action Group, the History of Wapping Trust aims to record and preserve the story of our small ‘Hamlet by the Tower’ in London’s East End and Docklands.

The Trust has produced a number of book, postcards and greetings cards. Some publications are now sadly out of print, but many can be found in local book shops around the East End and on the East London Postcard website.

Madge Darby pictured below in sunny Pierhead Gardens yesterday with fellow Trustee, Ray Newton who helped organise publication of the new book.

Madge Darby and Ray Newton

Pirates in Wapping

Captain KiddMay is set to be a Wapping month of piracy with the anniversary of Captain Kidd’s execution on 23rd May 1701.

The truth of how London’s corrupt political activities were rooted in piracy is the subject of a new exhibition opening on Friday 20th May at nearby Museum of London Docklands.

We’ll be speaking to Tom Wareham, curator of “Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story” about the hidden treasures we’ll be able to find at the exhibition soon, but until then you could of always try Wapping’s riverside Captain Kidd pub to warm up.

For even more pirate history, also take a look at the Thames Police Museum hidden in Wapping High Street. It’s an awesome secret treasure trove of 18th and 19th century Wapping pirate activity and policing along the River Thames.

Wapping’s Piety and Piracy book launch event

Join the History of Wapping Trust at 7pm on Monday 9th May at Raines Hall [view map]

Raines House
Raine Street

Madge Darby will also be signing copies of Piety and Piracy on Sunday 15th May at 11am in Wapping’s Turk’s Head Café.

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  • http://twitter.com/charlesdickensl chris west

    I love this excellent book, and will be praising it in my Talk about ‘History of Srt Katharine Docks’ tomorrow at Zizzi Restaurant. Several people have asked me about copies, and I refer them to the Turks Head Cafe and now to Waitrose in Thomas Moore Square

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     She is written a very good book in her old age ,My heartly wishes to her.

  • Lila

    looking foward to this!! Looks like a fantastic book. x

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    Hats off to the lady Madge Darby for such a nice book.Really a nice book.Now a days peoples are getting very less time to read more about History.Books like these helps to create interest for History.

  • Sue

    Thanks very much Debbie, you wouldn’t believe how many watches I’ve put out for that book in the last 3 years, I’d given up. Love this site!

  • Debbie Berg

    There’s a copy of WP up on ebay at the moment.

  • Sue

    This is ace to hear about, I’ve been trying to get hold of a copy of Waeppa’s People since moving to Wapping 3 years ago but have never been able to locate one. Haven’t heard about the History Trust either so it will be very interesting to speak to them. Very much looking forward to it!