The Prospect of Whitby is a public house originally dating from 1520 on the banks of the Thames in Wapping.
It was formerly named as the Devil’s Tavern, where the original 400 year old floor is all that remains of the buildings earliest period.
It developed a reputation by being a notable meeting place for cut-throats, sailors, smugglers and dubious characters.
In the 17th century, it became a regular haunt of “Hanging” Judge Jeffreys during the reign of King James II.
Jeffreys’ historical notoriety comes from his actions in 1685 where he is believed to have executed up to 700 people in the Monmouth’s Rebellion, although historians now argue the factual accuracy of this.
A hangman’s noose on the riverfront (accessible by a side alley to the right of the pub) marks the local connection to “Hanging” Judge Jeffreys.
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