bankside

/bangk"suyd'/, n.
the slope of the bank of a stream or river.
[1590-1600; BANK1 + SIDE1]

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▪ neighbourhood, London, United Kingdom
      loosely defined area along the south bank of the River Thames (Thames, River) in the London borough of Southwark. Bankside is also the name of a street in the district, which lies between Blackfriars Bridge (west) and London Bridge (east) and more or less defines the extent of the area. South Bank, a culturally rich area, lies to the west of Bankside.

      Near the southern approach to London Bridge stands Southwark Cathedral, an originally 13th-century structure that was largely rebuilt in the 19th century. The cathedral contains the tombs of many well-known individuals, including the poet John Gower (Gower, John) and the playwright John Fletcher (Fletcher, John), and memorials to the engraver Wenzel Hollar (Hollar, Wenceslaus), William Shakespeare (Shakespeare, William), and the American actor Sam Wanamaker, the driving force behind building the new Globe Theatre (1997) in Bankside. The original Globe Theatre (1599)—a partial foundation of which was discovered in 1989—and other theatres and bear gardens (venues for bearbaiting) also stood in Bankside, located strategically just outside the city's jurisdiction. The district became the residence of actors and the site of brothels. In the 18th century it was known for its manufacturing industries, gardens, and public houses, and in the 19th and early 20th centuries—before the bombing of London in World War II—it was an area of wharves and warehouses.

      Modern Bankside holds a wealth of cultural institutions and noteworthy sites, among them a reconstruction of The Golden Hinde (Sir Francis Drake (Drake, Sir Francis)'s ship), the Tate Modern (see Tate galleries), and Millennium Bridge, a footbridge that links the Tate and all of Bankside with the City of London (London, City of) on the north bank.

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