River Ravensbourne


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Lewisham High St.

Heritage Trail

Research and notes by Julian Watson

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St.Mary the Virgin, Lewisham Lewisham High Street  SE13 6LE

Captain Charles Weller

Captain Charles Weller who lies here was Captain and owner of the ‘Albion’ in the East India Company Navy from 1824-26. The East India Company was an English, later British, company, founded in 1600, and chartered with the monopoly of trading with Southeast Asia, East Asia, and India. It traded in cotton, silk, indigo dye, salt, saltpetre, tea and opium, The Company came to rule large areas of India and own its own private army, exercising military power and assuming administrative functions.

Captain Weller died in 1866 aged 84 and is buried with his wife Maria who died in 1870 aged 83