Oh, there's so much I've not yet seen or learned about London, this area being one of them. It's name seems so foreign, un-English so I'm intrigued that it has strong Scandinavian even Finnish connections. Thanks, Jean. I love the photo, it reminds me of some of the areas we saw on our boat tour on the Thames going to Greenwich.
Marja-Leena, there you see, you must come back soon... I should have said that this view is not of Rotherhithe, but looking across the river from there. My Finnish friend married her British husband in the Finnish church in Rotherhithe.
I could have sworn Chaucer mentions Rotherhithe in passing, but I'm not finding it... somewhere about where he comments about the shrews in Greenwich? I'm sure he calls out Deptford, anyway.A hythe is a pier or a wharf, I think, in Old English. I don't know what a rother may be, but it all sounds very English to me :-)
Yes, the Nordic connection to Rotherhithe is old and still very present, but the place and name is much older.
It has a somewhat Venetian look to it...
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