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BorthWick Wharf

 
Address
Borthwick Street
Greenwich
Greater London, SE8 3
 
 
 
 

The site where Ian Monkford's abandoned hire car is discovered is actually, believe it or not, of Grade II listed status. The empty space contained two wharves, Paynes - built in 1860, and Borthwick - built in 1934. Both buildings were mostly demolished in 2004 to make way for a new construction development of luxury flats, entertainment space and retail premises. With the onset of the recession in 2008, the development was put on hold, and as of winter 2011 the site still remains as you see it onscreen on Sherlock.

Paynes Wharf faced directly onto the Thames. All that remains of it are the Grade II listed arches of its facade, retained for incorporation into the long proposed but currently abandoned construction works. The Wharf was a boiler workshop, supplying ship parts for many vessels including HMS Warrior - the first iron hulled warship in the Royal Navy.

Borthwick Wharf is on the southern side of the site, and backs directly onto Borthwick Street. A former meat processing and cold store, it was one of the last such facilities built in Deptford. It is distinguished by a prominent mural of a bisected pig on the upper storey, still visible today and onscreen - as you can see above in shot four.

Both Paynes and Borthwick Wharves are closed to public access, though you can see the exterior of Borthwick Wharf and the retained arches of Paynes Wharf from the site access gate.

Episodes BorthWick Wharf has appeared in

 
The Great Game (Episode 3, Series 1)

The easiest route to travel on the Docklands Light Railway [DLR - access via Tower Hill on Circle and District Underground lines] to Cutty Sark.

Exit the station and walk west along Creek Road [A200] for 0.7 of a mile until you see Watergate Street on your right. Head up there and the exterior of Borthwick Wharf is visible at the end of the street, with the site access gate further along Borthwick Street to your right.

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