Lant Street, SE1

Road in/near Elephant and Castle, existing between 1773 and now

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Lant Street, SE1

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Lant Street derives its name from the Lant family who inherited the estates known as Southwark Olace.

The area around Lant Street was once known as The Mint. It was a slum area until as late as the 19th century but also a ’liberty’ with privileges for debtors until The Mint in Southwark Act (1722) removed these rights.

Much earlier, Suffolk House to the north had been the residence of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. It was exchanged by Henry VIII, the king giving the Duke of Suffolk in return the house of the Bishop of Norwich in St Martin’s-in-the-Fields. Suffolk House then took the name of Southwark Place and a mint was established here for the king’s use.

Later, Queen Mary I gave the mansion to Nicholas Heath, Archbishop of York. Archbishop Heath sold the premises, which were partly pulled down and many small cottages being built on the site. This estate devolved to the Lant family and Queen Anne empowered Thomas Lant to let leases for 51 years. In 1773 it was advertised to be let as seventeen acres, on which were 400 houses, with a rental of £1000 per annum. Lant Street may date form this period.

Charles Dickens lodged here in 1824 whilst his father was in the Marshalsea Prison and close by is the historic St George the Martyr church, where the Dickens character Little Dorrit was married in the eponymous book. The Marshalsea prison was located just north of the southeast end of Lant Street.

Sir Joseph Lyons was born at 50 Lant Street in 1847. Lyons went on to own the Lyons Corner Houses, a chain of tea shops established in 1887.

Much of the area became derelict as a result of air raid damage during World War II

In 1902, a small public open space, known as Little Dorrit’s Playground was established. North of Lant Street is Little Dorrit’s Court.




Main source: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-london
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In 1824, when Charles Dickens was 12 years old, his father, John Dickens, was arrested and sent to Marshalsea Prison for failure to pay a debt. During this time, Charles (the only member of the family not imprisoned) took up residence in the back-attic of a house on Lant Street, a short walk away from the prison. Lant Street was in an area known as "The Mint" which was notorious for its overcrowded conditions. </SPAN>

In 1824, when Charles Dickens was 12 years old, his father, John Dickens, was arrested and sent to Marshalsea Prison for failure to pay a debt. During this time, Charles (the only member of the family not imprisoned) took up residence in the back-attic of a house on Lant Street, a short walk away from the prison. Lant Street was in an area known as "The Mint" which was notorious for its overcrowded conditions.
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Elephant and Castle

Elephant and Castle is one of five London tube stations named after a pub.

One thing Elephant and Castle is not named after is 'La Infanta de Castilla', seemingly referring to a series of Spanish princesses such as Eleanor of Castile and María, the daughter of Philip III of Spain. However, Eleanor of Castile was not an infanta - the term only appeared in English about 1600. María has a strong British connection because she was once controversially engaged to Charles I, but she had no connection with Castile. Infanta de Castilla therefore seems to be a conflation of two Iberian royals separated by 300 years.

Regardless, the pub of that name gave its name to the station, and in turn the station to the nearby area - originally called Newington.

Elephant & Castle tube station is on the Bank branch of the Northern Line between Kennington and Borough, and is the southern terminus of the Bakerloo Line.

The station was built in two stages. The Northern Line station opened on 18 December 1890 as part of the first deep-level tube, the City & South London Railway (C&SLR). The Baker Street & Waterloo Railway (BS&WR) station opened on 5 August 1906, five months after the rest of the line. Although belonging to separate companies, the platforms were connected below ground from 10 August 1906.

The first baby to be born on the underground was born at the station in 1924. Press reports claimed that she had been named Thelma Ursula Beatrice Eleanor (so that her initials would have read T.U.B.E.) but this story later proved false, and she was named Marie Cordery. Elephant and Castle seems to specialise in names which prove false!


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Hopton Street, Borough, 1977.
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Ayres Street
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Hopton’s Almshouses
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Tabard Inn, Southwark
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In the neighbourhood...

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Hopton’s Almshouses, Hopton Street, Bankside (1957).
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Wagstaff Buildings, Sumner Road, Bankside, c. 1920.
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Hopton Street, Borough, 1977.
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Tate Modern viewed from Thames pleasure boat (2003)
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Ayres Street
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Hopton’s Almshouses
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In 1824, when Charles Dickens was 12 years old, his father, John Dickens, was arrested and sent to Marshalsea Prison for failure to pay a debt. During this time, Charles (the only member of the family not imprisoned) took up residence in the back-attic of a house on Lant Street, a short walk away from the prison. Lant Street was in an area known as "The Mint" which was notorious for its overcrowded conditions.
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Princes Street (1864). There were a few pottery firms in this street at this time.
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Tabard Inn, Southwark
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The entrance to the Cardinal Cap Alley is under the lamp, left of the yellow door
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