“This may seem like a strange question. I need some rope and thought perhaps you might know of a shop that sells rope in Greenwich (it being Maritime!)? I tried Nauticalia but they can only order rope that takes 2 weeks to arrive and they couldn’t recommend anywhere else to try.”
The Phantom replies:
Believe me – as far as questions go, this is nowhere near as strange as the one about elderly ladies and handbells I had recently.
Sadly for somewhere so steeped in ropey history – Greenwich was well known for rope and famous for cable – we’re pretty poorly served for string these days.
You don’t say what it’s for, but for general all-purpose rope, the obvious answer is B&Q or Wickes, but if you don’t want to do the chain route, try Standard DIY at the top of Westcombe Hill or Bert and Betty’s shop in Greenwich South Street.
As for proper ships’ chandlers, the closest I can find is Sanford Marine 45, St. Keverne Rd, London, SE9 4AQ, in Mottingham. Tel: 07948 608205. I had hoped there would be one around the back of Hope and Anchor Lane in Charlton, but I can’t find anything. Maybe someone at the Yacht Club would know?
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