Penthouse on Execution Dock in Wapping with panoramic views of River Thames goes on sale for £4m

This stunning penthouse on Execution Dock on the banks of the River Thames in London could be yours for a tidy £4million – provided you can handle its gory history.

The top floor apartment in the boutique-style converted warehouse in Wapping’s Pierhead conservation area offers stunning panoramic views, but would have once overlooked the site of public hangings which ceased there in 1830.

Execution Dock was used for more than 400 years to put to death pirates, smugglers and mutineers found guilty in the Admiralty courts. The ‘dock’ consisted of a scaffold used for hanging. 

These days the area is a stone’s throw from chic independent coffee shops, riverside pubs and the affluent St Katharine Docks Marina by the Tower of London.

This stunning penthouse on Execution Dock on the banks of the River Thames in London could be yours for a tidy £4million - provided you can handle its gory history. Pictured: the open-plan living room

This stunning penthouse on Execution Dock on the banks of the River Thames in London could be yours for a tidy £4million – provided you can handle its gory history. Pictured: the open-plan living room

The top floor apartment in the boutique-style converted warehouse in Wapping's Pierhead conservation area offers stunning panoramic views, but would have once overlooked the site of public hangings which ceased there in 1830. Pictured: the dining room and kitchen area

The top floor apartment in the boutique-style converted warehouse in Wapping’s Pierhead conservation area offers stunning panoramic views, but would have once overlooked the site of public hangings which ceased there in 1830. Pictured: the dining room and kitchen area

The area is a stone's throw from chic independent coffee shops, riverside pubs and the affluent St Katharine Docks Marina by the Tower of London. Pictured: the apartment's main living area

The area is a stone’s throw from chic independent coffee shops, riverside pubs and the affluent St Katharine Docks Marina by the Tower of London. Pictured: the apartment’s main living area

The home boasts high ceilings and stunning original period features throughout, including vaulted ceilings and exposed brickwork - pictured in the kitchen and dining area

The home boasts high ceilings and stunning original period features throughout, including vaulted ceilings and exposed brickwork – pictured in the kitchen and dining area

Execution Dock (pictured from the river) was used for more than 400 years to put to death pirates, smugglers and mutineers found guilty in the Admiralty courts. The 'dock' consisted of a scaffold used for hanging

Execution Dock (pictured from the river) was used for more than 400 years to put to death pirates, smugglers and mutineers found guilty in the Admiralty courts. The ‘dock’ consisted of a scaffold used for hanging

And this unique penthouse, on the market with Knight Frank, offers 2704 sq ft of sumptuous living space, occupying the entire top floor of the Grade II listed warehouse as well as part of the floor below.

The three-bedroom apartment boasts high ceilings and stunning original period features throughout, including vaulted ceilings and exposed brickwork. 

The principal bedroom suite leads on to a luxurious en suite bathroom, while skylights flood the property with light.

There’s a large dual aspect reception room and semi open-plan, fully fitted kitchen as well as a waterside balcony and two bathrooms.  

There's a large dual aspect reception room and semi open-plan, fully fitted kitchen as well as a waterside balcony (pictured) and two bathrooms

There’s a large dual aspect reception room and semi open-plan, fully fitted kitchen as well as a waterside balcony (pictured) and two bathrooms

The apartment offers further accommodation by way of a lower floor with an open space for multiple uses - pictured - and provides additional storage

The apartment offers further accommodation by way of a lower floor with an open space for multiple uses – pictured – and provides additional storage

The principal bedroom suite (pictured) leads on to a luxurious en suite bathroom, while skylights flood the property with light

The principal bedroom suite (pictured) leads on to a luxurious en suite bathroom, while skylights flood the property with light

The main bathroom is elegantly finished, with a walk-in shower as well as a freestanding bath and old-fashioned style toilet to reflect the period of the property

The main bathroom is elegantly finished, with a walk-in shower as well as a freestanding bath and old-fashioned style toilet to reflect the period of the property

Its additional bedrooms are spacious enough for double beds and a seating area, and feature exposed timber in the ceilings and brickwork around the stylish leaded windows

Its additional bedrooms are spacious enough for double beds and a seating area, and feature exposed timber in the ceilings and brickwork around the stylish leaded windows

The main bathroom is elegantly finished, with a walk-in shower as well as a freestanding bath and old-fashioned style toilet to reflect the period of the property.

Its additional bedrooms are spacious enough for double beds and a seating area, and feature exposed timber in the ceilings and brickwork around the stylish leaded windows. 

The apartment offers further accommodation by way of a lower floor with an open space for multiple uses. 

There is also fitted storage and lift access from the ground floor directly into the apartment, as well as secure underground parking.  

The brutal hangings that took place at Execution Dock 

Execution Dock, located near the shoreline at Wapping in east London, was used for more than 400 years to put to death pirates, smugglers and mutineers found guilty in the Admiralty courts

Execution Dock, located near the shoreline at Wapping in east London, was used for more than 400 years to put to death pirates, smugglers and mutineers found guilty in the Admiralty courts

Execution Dock, located near the shoreline at Wapping within the East End of Central London, was used for more than 400 years to put to death pirates, smugglers and mutineers found guilty in the Admiralty courts.

The British Admiralty’s legal jurisdiction was for all crimes committed at sea. 

The dock symbolised that jurisdiction by being located just beyond the low-tide mark in the river. 

Anybody who had committed crimes on the seas, either in home waters or abroad, would eventually be brought back to London and tried by the High Court of the Admiralty.

Offenders were hung in front of huge crowds, their plight worsened by the use of shortened rope, which meant they died from suffocation instead of a broken neck, according to Historic UK.

The organisation said the bodies remained suspended until three tides had washed over them.

One of the most famous pirates to be put to death here was the inspiration for Treasure Island – Scottish sailor Captain Kidd. He was hanged in 1701, after being tried for piracy on his return from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. 

Some modern historians, including Sir Cornelius Neale Dalton, deem his piratical reputation unjust. 

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