Protect Deptford Docks, world heritage group pleads
Deptford Dockyard has been included alongside the city of Venice in a list of important sites across the globe whose futures are currently at risk.
The docks, as well as the nearby Sayes Court Gardens, are on the World Monuments Fund 2014 Watch along with 66 other sites from 41 countries.
The group wants to bring attention to "some of the world's most remarkable and fragile cultural heritage".
Regarding the docks, the report said: "Deptford's most imminent threat comes from the failure of existing proposals to fully acknowledge and respect the heritage assets that the site has to offer.
"Incorporating the extensive archaeology and combining this with unique public spaces has the potential to strengthen Deptford's local identity whilst securing this lost piece of the Thames jigsaw.
"It would also improve awareness of the little-known existence and overlooked history of the dockyard and gardens on a national stage."
Archaeologists worry about the speed of change at the 500-year-old site, with housing schemes proposed for the area.
The docks saw warships and trading vessels built there for 350 years, including those used for sailing expeditions by Nelson, Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.
James Cook also departed from Deptford on his voyage to discover Australia.
Recent excavations have revealed a wealth of artefacts dating back to this period.
Other British sites on the list are Battersea Power Station, Grimsby Ice Factory and Kasbah, and Sulgrave Manor in Northamptonshire.
Worldwide, alongside Venice, is the Ancient Irrigated Terraces of Battir outside Bethlehem and thousands of traditional gas lamps in Berlin.
Concerns range from lack of resources or development pressures to climate change.