Deptford, bracing for bankers


In the background is Canary Wharf. Jobs in the finance sector are driving the Deptford of the future. Today’s Deptford is seedy. Junior bankers are unlikely to enjoy residence in the old Deptford. The new Deptford is rapidly replacing the old.



Who has heard of Deptford? It’s far from the London tourist traps, not that there is anything wrong with that. Perhaps the name rings a bell as a small asterisk in the Tottenham riots of 2011 A blogger informs that on the night of disorder some betting shops and banks were attacked. In September 2012 there appeared to me to be no shortage of betting shops, though banks were a little harder to find.


The market stores that filled Deptford High Street were mostly staffed by Afro-Caribbeans. Is this the sort of community that mostly hosted the mob violence of 2011. I don’t know. However, white Britons who expressed opinions about Deptford also hinted in their customary polite and tentative way that both Deptford and Afro-Caribbeans are associated in their mins with violence and riot. I sensed no hostility at all to a 60 year old white man wandering their streets.


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