London, The Nore - Kent (off)

The London was a Second Rate 'Large Ship' built in Chatham in 1654 during the Interregnum. She is known to have participated in the First Dutch War (1652-4) and later formed part of an English Squadron sent to collect Charles II from the Netherlands and restore him to the throne. The London blew-up on passage from Chatham in March 1665. A series of artefacts have been identified on the river bed and recovered to the surface. An excavation project, #LondonWreck1665, has recently been undertaken in partnership with Cotswold Archaeology, Southend Museums Service and the licensed dive team.

London, The Nore - Kent (off)
© Wessex Archaeology and the Port of London Authority

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: London
  • Heritage Category: Protected Wreck Site
  • List Entry Number: 1000088
  • Local Planning Authority: Kent (off)
  • Site Type: Maritime > Wreck


  • Locality: The Nore
  • County: off Kent (off)
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Wreck site
  • Condition: Extensive significant problems
  • Vulnerability: High
  • Trend: Declining
  • Priority: E - Monitoring as appropriate (any trend)
  • Previous Priority: E
  • Ownership: Government or agency