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Deptford has a strong South London identity due to its rich history, particularly its maritime heritage. In the mid-16th to the late 19th century it was home to Deptford Dockyard, the first Royal Navy Dockyard, but sadly as the area declined all the docks closed down, with the last one shutting in 2000. An anchor used to sit at the end of Deptford Broadway, but for many locals its removal marked the beginning of the area’s gentrification. Nevertheless it plays a significant part in London’s history; Deptford High Street even marks the spot where the Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe was murdered after disputing a bar tab. If you’re interested in visiting a South London area packed full of British history, here are the top things to see and do in Deptford.