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Living in Deptford
Deptford, in the London Borough of Lewisham, Greenwich, covers the postcode district of SE8. Located on the south bank of the River Thames, it is named after a ford of the River Ravensbourne. Historically, it was one of the first Royal Dockyards built and was famous for being a major shipbuilding dock. Deptford originally began from the two small communities, one at the ford and the other, a fishing village on the Thames that grew together and flourished until the metropolitan district of Deptford, formed in 1900 and included in the borough of Lewisham in 1965. With the decline of the Dockyard, the economy of the region had deteriorated in the 19th century; however later it was gradually redeveloped and gentrified with plants to renovate the riverside and the town centre. Deptford Street Market on the High Street is one of London’s best known street markets and sells a diverse range of exotic goods. The Laban Dance Centre has become a place of creative talents from Shoreditch to this area, with the Albany Theatre hosting radical community arts and music and The Bird’s Nest opening live music, film and art performances from local bands and artists. Deptford is well connected by the National Rail and Docklands Light Railway services at Deptford Bridge and Elverson Road. Apart from Deptford station, New Cross station also provides links to the rest of the city. Surrey Quays and Canada Water tube stations are both walking distance from north Deptford.