St Nicholas Church

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St Nicholas Church information

Location
London , United Kingdom
Address
Deptford Green
SE8
Telephone
+44 8692 2749
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This late-17th-century church contains a memorial to playwright Christopher Marlowe, who was murdered in Deptford in a tavern brawl at the age of 29 in 1593 and may be buried here. The fight supposedly broke out over who was to pay the bill but it is generally believed that Marlowe was in the employ of the Elizabethan intelligence service. The skull and crossbones over the entrance is said to have been the inspiration for the Jolly Roger pirate flag.