Southwark

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Southwark

(sŭth`ərk, south`wərk), inner borough (1991 pop. 196,500) of Greater London, SE England, on the Thames River. Printing, engineering, and furniture manufacture are the main industries. The Camberwell dist. of Southwark is mainly residential. The old Southwark area is situated at the convergence of roads to London. It had a number of famous inns, including the Tabard InnTabard Inn
, in Southwark borough, Greater London, England. The inn, demolished in the 19th cent., was mentioned by Geoffrey Chaucer in the Prologue of the Canterbury Tales as the starting point of Chaucer's pilgrims.
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; the George Inn (17th cent.), owned by the National Trust, is still in operation. The Bankside district of Southwark contains the Globe TheatreGlobe Theatre,
London playhouse, built in 1598, where most of Shakespeare's plays were first presented. It burned in 1613, was rebuilt in 1614, and was destroyed by the Puritans in 1644. A working replica opened in 1997. Bibliography

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 and other places associated with Shakespeare. It was also the location of the Clink Prison, once used for the detention of heretics. Dulwich College, a public school that opened in 1619, is located within the borough, as are notable art galleries, including the Tate Modern, the new London city hall, and the Shard, a pyramidal skyscraper that is one of Europe's tallest buildings (1,016 ft/309.6 m).

Southwark

a borough of S central Greater London, on the River Thames: site of the Globe Theatre, now reconstructed; the former docks and warehouses have been redeveloped. Pop.: 253 800 (2003 est.). Area: 29 sq. km (11 sq. miles)