Bala Place, SE16

Road in/near Bermondsey, existed between the 1860s and the 1950s

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Road · Bermondsey · SE16 ·
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2023

Frederick Place - later Bala Place - first appears on the 1860s map.

Frederick Place was renamed Bala Place in 1893.

It seems to have disappeared from the map around 1950.


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Michael Upham   
Added: 16 Jan 2023 21:16 GMT   

Bala Place, SE16
My grandfather was born at 2 Bala Place.

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The Underground Map   
Added: 20 Sep 2020 13:01 GMT   

Pepys starts diary
On 1 January 1659, Samuel Pepys started his famous daily diary and maintained it for ten years. The diary has become perhaps the most extensive source of information on this critical period of English history. Pepys never considered that his diary would be read by others. The original diary consisted of six volumes written in Shelton shorthand, which he had learned as an undergraduate on scholarship at Magdalene College, Cambridge. This shorthand was introduced in 1626, and was the same system Isaac Newton used when writing.

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Tricia   
Added: 27 Apr 2021 12:05 GMT   

St George in the East Church
This Church was opened in 1729, designed by Hawksmore. Inside destroyed by incendrie bomb 16th April 1941. Rebuilt inside and finished in 1964. The building remained open most of the time in a temporary prefab.

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Graham O’Connell   
Added: 10 Apr 2021 10:24 GMT   

Lloyd & Sons, Tin Box Manufacturers (1859 - 1982)
A Lloyd & Sons occupied the wharf (now known as Lloyds Wharf, Mill Street) from the mid 19th Century to the late 20th Century. Best known for making tin boxes they also produced a range of things from petrol canisters to collecting tins. They won a notorious libel case in 1915 when a local councillor criticised the working conditions which, in fairness, weren’t great. There was a major fire here in 1929 but the company survived at least until 1982 and probably a year or two after that.

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Lived here
margaret clark   
Added: 15 Oct 2021 22:23 GMT   

Margaret’s address when she married in 1938
^, Josepine House, Stepney is the address of my mother on her marriage certificate 1938. Her name was Margaret Irene Clark. Her father Basil Clark was a warehouse grocer.

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Admin   
Added: 26 Aug 2022 15:19 GMT   

Bus makes a leap
A number 78 double-decker bus driven by Albert Gunter was forced to jump an accidentally opening Tower Bridge.

He was awarded a £10 bonus.

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fariba   
Added: 28 Jun 2021 00:48 GMT   

Tower Bridge Business Complex, S
need for my coursework

Source: university

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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Mar 2021 15:05 GMT   

A plague on all your houses
Aldgate station is built directly on top of a vast plague pit, where thousands of bodies are apparently buried. No-one knows quite how many.

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Lived here
KJ   
Added: 11 Apr 2021 12:34 GMT   

Family
1900’s Cranmer family lived here at 105 (changed to 185 when road was re-numbered)
James Cranmer wife Louisa ( b.Logan)
They had 3 children one being my grandparent William (Bill) CRANMER married to grandmother “Nancy” He used to go to
Glengall Tavern in Bird in Bush Rd ,now been converted to flats.

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Added: 1 Sep 2021 16:58 GMT   

Prefabs!
The "post-war detached houses" mentioned in the description were "prefabs" - self-contained single-storey pre-fabricated dwellings. Demolition of houses on the part that became Senegal Fields was complete by 1964 or 1965.

Source: Prefabs in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia

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Added: 3 Jun 2021 15:50 GMT   

All Bar One
The capitalisation is wrong

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Born here
Carolyn Hirst   
Added: 16 Jul 2022 15:21 GMT   

Henry James Hirst
My second great grandfather Henry James Hirst was born at 18 New Road on 11 February 1861. He was the eighth of the eleven children of Rowland and Isabella Hirst. I think that this part of New Road was also known at the time as Gloucester Terrace.

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Jonathan Cocking   
Added: 30 Aug 2022 13:38 GMT   

Tower Bridge, SE1
The driver subsequently married his clippie (conductress).

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Added: 15 Jan 2023 09:49 GMT   

The Bombing of Nant Street WW2
My uncle with his young son and baby daughter were killed in the bombing of Nant Street in WW2. His wife had gone to be with her mother whilst the bombing of the area was taking place, and so survived. Cannot imagine how she felt when she returned to see her home flattened and to be told of the death of her husband and children.


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Brian J MacIntyre   
Added: 8 Jan 2023 17:27 GMT   

Malcolm Davey at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square
My former partner, actor Malcolm Davey, lived at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square, for many years until his death. He was a wonderful human being and an even better friend. A somewhat underrated actor, but loved by many, including myself. I miss you terribly, Malcolm. Here’s to you and to History, our favourite subject.
Love Always - Brian J MacIntyre
Minnesota, USA

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Robert Burns   
Added: 5 Jan 2023 17:46 GMT   

1 Abourne Street
My mother, and my Aunt and my Aunt’s family lived at number 1 Abourne Street.
I remember visitingn my aunt Win Housego, and the Housego family there. If I remember correctly virtually opposite number 1, onthe corner was the Lord Amberley pub.

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Comment
   
Added: 30 Dec 2022 21:41 GMT   

Southam Street, W10
do any one remember J&A DEMOLITON at harrow rd kensal green my dad work for them in a aec 6 wheel tipper got a photo of him in it

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Fumblina   
Added: 26 Dec 2022 18:59 GMT   

Detailed history of Red Lion
I’m not the author but this blog by Dick Weindling and Marianne Colloms has loads of really clear information about the history of the Red Lion which people might appreciate.


Source: ‘Professor Morris’ and the Red Lion, Kilburn

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BG   
Added: 20 Dec 2022 02:58 GMT   

Lancing Street, NW1
LANCING STREET

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Why   
Added: 19 Dec 2022 20:09 GMT   

Tempest
I don’t know

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danny currie   
Added: 30 Nov 2022 18:39 GMT   

dads yard
ron currie had a car breaking yard in millers yard back in the 60s good old days

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Bermondsey The name Bermondsey first appears in a letter from Pope Constantine during the 8th century.
Bridge House Built around 1705 and demolished in 1950, Bridge House in George Row was once surrounded by the Jacob’s Island rookery.
Jacob’s Island Jacob’s Island was a notorious slum in Bermondsey during the 19th century.
The Bermondsey mug https://the-underground-map.myshopify.com/products/bermondsey

NEARBY STREETS
Abbey Gardens, SE1 Abbey Gardens is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Abbey Street, SE1 Abbey Street takes its name from Bermondsey Abbey which was situated between Bermondsey Square, Grange Walk and Long Walk.
Amina Way, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Apollo Business Park, SE16 Apollo Business Park is a location in London.
Arabella Street, SE16 Arabella Street runs off of Old Jamaica Road.
Arc House, SE1 Arc House is a block on Tanner Street
Arts Lane, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Aulay House, SE16 Aulay House is a block on Spa Road.
Bacon Grove, SE1 Bacon Grove is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Bakery Street, SE1 A street within the SE16 postcode
Ben Smith Way, SE16 Ben Smith Way follows the line of the former longer northern section of Stork’s Road.
Bermondsey Wall East, SE16 Bermondsey Wall East is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Bermondsey Wall West, SE16 Bermondsey Wall West is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Bevington Street, SE16 Bevington Street was named after Samuel Bourne Bevington, the first mayor in 1900 of the new Bermondsey Borough Council.
Bridewain Street, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Butlers & Colonial Wharf, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Cadbury Way, SE16 Cadbury Way is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Canvas House, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Chambers Street, SE16 Chambers Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Cherry Garden Street, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Clemence Road, SE16 Clemence Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Clements Road, SE16 Clements Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Clements, SE16 Clements is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Collett Road, SE16 Collett Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Collingwood House, SE16 Collingwood House is a location in London.
Copperfield House, SE1 Copperfield House, like much of the Dickens Estate, is named after a fictional character.
Dartle Court, SE16 Dartle Court is a location in London.
Devon Mansions, SE1 Devon Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Dockhead, SE1 Dockhead is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Dockley Road, SE16 Dockley Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Dombey House, SE16 Dombey House was one of the first blocks built on the Dickens Estate.
Druid Street, SE1 Druid Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Dunlop Place, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
East Lane, SE16 East Lane - formerly a single street - has been split postwar into two sections.
Emba Street, SE16 Emba Street runs west from Wilson Grove.
Enid Street, SE16 Enid Street has been radically altered since the Second World War.
Fair Street, SE1 Fair Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Farncombe Street, SE16 Farncombe Street is a newer name for Cottage Row.
Flockton Street, SE16 The route that Flockton Street follows dates from before the eighteenth century.
Fountain Green Square, SE16 Fountain Green Square is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Frean Street, SE16 Frean Street runs up to the South Eastern main line railway in Bermondsey.
Freda Street, SE16 Freda Street runs off of Marine Street.
Gedling Place, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
George Row, SE16 George Row is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Gillison Walk, SE16 Gillison Walk is a location in London.
Goodwin Close, SE16 Goodwin Close is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Grange Road, SE1 Grange Road is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Grange Walk, SE1 Grange Walk is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Grange Walk, SE16 Grange Walk is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Grange Yard, SE1 Grange Yard is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Haven Way, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Hickman’s Folly, SE1 Hickman’s Folly was a very old Bermondsey street which disappeared as the Dickens Estate was built.
Hobbs Court, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Jacob Street, SE1 Jacob Street is named after Jacob’s Island, the infamous area which preceded it.
Jamaica Road, SE1 The SE1 section of Jamaica Road dates only from the 1960s.
Jamaica Road, SE16 Jamaica Road was named after a house which sold limes, oranges and rum.
Janeway Street, SE16 Janeway Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
John Felton Road, SE16 John Felton Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
John Roll Way, SE16 John Roll Way is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Keetons Road, SE16 Keetons Road is a location in London.
Kimmins Court, SE16 Kimmins Court is a block in Arabella Street.
Limasol Street, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Linsey Street, SE16 Linsey Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Little London Court, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Llewellyn Street, SE16 Llewellyn Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Lloyds Wharf, SE1 Lloyds Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Lucey Road, SE16 Lucey Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Lucey Way, SE16 Lucey Way is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Luna House, SE16 Luna House is a block in Bermondsey.
Major Road, SE16 Major Road is actually quite a minor road near to Bermondsey station.
Maltby Street, SE1 Maltby Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Marigold Street, SE16 Marigold Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Marine Street, SE16 Marine Street connects Jamaica Road with Old Jamaica Road.
Matilda Place, SE16 Matilda Place is shown on maps between the 1810s and 1900s.
Mill Stream Road, SE1 Mill Stream Road (or Millstream Road) was demolished to make way for the Arnold Estate.
Mill Street, SE1 Mill Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Millennium Square, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Neckinger Mills, SE1 Neckinger Mills is a location in London.
Neckinger Place, SE1 Neckinger Place was a small turning off Druid Street.
Neckinger Street, SE1 Neckinger Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Neckinger, SE16 Neckinger is a road in the SE16 postcode area
New Concordia Wharf, SE1 New Concordia Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Old Abbey Lane, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Old Jamaica Road Business Estate, SE16 Old Jamaica Road Business Estate is a commercial estate.
Old Jamaica Road, SE16 Old Jamaica Road originated as Prospect Row in the late eighteenth century.
Parker Building, SE16 The Parker Building lies on Freda Street.
Parkers Row, SE1 Parkers Row is a street which has diminished in significance since it was first built.
Perryn Road, SE16 Perryn Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Phoenix Wharf Road, SE1 Phoenix Wharf Road is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Pickwick House, SE16 Pickwick House is a block on Flockton Street
Pottery Street, SE16 Pottery Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Priter Road, SE16 Priter Road is a location in London.
Providence Square, SE1 Providence Square is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Queen Elizabeth Street, SE1 Queen Elizabeth Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Rope Walk, SE1 Rope Walk is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Rouel Road, SE16 Rouel Road once stood next to one of London’s first railway stations: Spa Road station in Bermondsey.
Scott Lidgett Crescent, SE16 Scott Lidgett Crescent is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Scotts Sufferance Wharfmill Street, SE1 Scotts Sufferance Wharfmill Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Spa Business Park, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Spa Road, SE16 A train left Deptford railway station for Spa Road station at 8am on 8 February 1836 - it was the first train in London.
Springalls Wharf Apartments, SE16 Springalls Wharf Apartments is a block on Bermondsey Wall West
St James’s Road, SE16 St James’s Road is a long Bermondsey street running south from Jamaica Road.
Stanworth Street, SE1 Stanworth Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Stork’s Road, SE16 Stork’s Road once extended much farther north - as far as Jamaica Road.
Sugar Lane, SE16 Sugar Lane is a location in London.
Sun Passage, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Sweeney Crescent, SE1 Sweeney Crescent is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Tapley House, SE1 Tapley House was one of the first buildings of the Dickens Estate.
The Circle, SE1 The Circle is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
The Grange, SE1 The Grange is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Thetford House, SE1 Thetford House is a block on Abbey Street
Three Oak Lane, SE1 Three Oak Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Thurland Road, SE16 Thurland Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Thurland Street, SE16 Thurland Street is a location in London.
Toussaint Walk, SE16 Toussaint Walk is a walkway along a former part of Stork’s Road.
Tower Workshops, SE1 Tower Workshops is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Tranton Road, SE16 Tranton Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Unity Wharf, SE1 Unity Wharf is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Vauban Street, SE16 Vauban Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Vogans Mill, SE1 Vogans Mill is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Wade House, SE1 Residential block
Wade House, SE1 Wade House is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Waterside Close, SE16 Waterside Close is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Webster Road, SE16 Webster Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Weightman House, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
William Ellis Way, SE16 William Ellis Way is a location in London.
Wilson Grove, SE16 Wilson Grove was a renaming of Salisbury Street.
Wolseley Street, SE1 Wolseley Street was formerly called London Street.
Woodmill Close, SE16 Woodmill Close is a road in the SW15 postcode area
Woodmill Street, SE16 A street within the SE1 postcode

NEARBY PUBS


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Bermondsey

The name Bermondsey first appears in a letter from Pope Constantine during the 8th century.

Pope Constantine (708-715), in a letter, granted privileges to a monastery at Vermundesei, then in the hands of the abbot of Medeshamstede (as Peterborough was known at the time).

Though Bermondsey’s name may derive from Beornmund’s island (whoever the Anglo-Saxon Beornmund was, is another matter), but Bermondsey is likely to have been a higher, drier spot in an otherwise marshy area, rather than a real island.

Bermondsey appears in the Domesday Book and it was then held by King William (the Conqueror). A small part of the area was in the hands of Robert, Count of Mortain - William’s half brother.

Bermondsey Abbey was founded in 1082 as a Cluniac priory, with St Saviour as the patron.

The monks from the abbey began to develop the area, cultivating land and embanking the river. They put a dock at the mouth of River Neckinger, an adjacent tidal inlet. Records show this was called St Savior’s Dock, after their abbey.

Also owning land here was the Knights Templar. They gave a names to one of the most distinctive streets in London - Shad Thames, a later corruption of ’St John at Thames’.

Other ecclesiastical properties stood nearby. The name ’Tooley Street’ was another corruption - this time of St Olave’s’ Street. It was located in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s manor of Southwark. In Tooley Street, wealthy citizens and clerics built houses.

After the Great Fire of London, Bermondsey started to be settled by the well-to-do. It took on the character of a garden suburb - especially along Grange Road.

A pleasure garden - the Cherry Garden - was founded in the area in the 17th century near to the current Cherry Garden Pier. In 1664, Samuel Pepys visited ’Jamaica House’ in the gardens and wrote in his diary that he had left it "singing finely". Later, from the garden, J.M.W. Turner painted The Fighting Temeraire Tugged to her Last Berth to be Broken Up (1839), showing the veteran warship being towed to Rotherhithe to be scrapped.

The church of St Mary Magdalen in Bermondsey Street was completed in 1690, although a church has been recorded on the site since the 13th century. This church survived both 19th-century redevelopment and the Blitz unscathed. It is an unusual survivor of this period in Bermondsey and in Inner London in general.

In the 18th century, the discovery of a spring from the River Neckinger in the area led to Bermondsey becoming a spa resort - then all the rage. The name Spa Road commemorates this - situated between Grange Road and Jamaica Road.

Bermondsey’s fortunes took a huge nosedive as the Industrial Revolution took hold. Certain industries were deemed too inconvenient to be carried on within the small area of the City of London and banished east - both north and south of the river. One such that came to dominate central Bermondsey was the processing of leather and hides.

Parts of Bermondsey, especially along the riverside, become a notorious slum. The area around St Saviour’s Dock and Shad Thames - known as Jacob’s Island - was one of the worst in London. In Charles Dickens’s novel Oliver Twist, the principal villain Bill Sikes meets a nasty end in the mud of ’Folly Ditch’ an area which was known as Hickmans Folly — the scene of an attack by Spring Heeled Jack in 1845 — surrounding Jacob’s Island. Dickens provides a vivid description of what it was like:

<CITE>... crazy wooden galleries common to the backs of half a dozen houses, with holes from which to look upon the slime beneath; windows, broken and patched, with poles thrust out, on which to dry the linen that is never there; rooms so small, so filthy, so confined, that the air would seem to be too tainted even for the dirt and squalor which they shelter; wooden chambers thrusting themselves out above the mud and threatening to fall into it — as some have done; dirt-besmeared walls and decaying foundations, every repulsive lineament of poverty, every loathsome indication of filth, rot, and garbage: all these ornament the banks of Jacob’s Island.</CITE>

In 1836, London’s first passenger railway terminus was built by the London & Greenwich Railway at London Bridge. The first section of the line to be used was between the Spa Road Station and Deptford High Street. But Spa Road station closed in 1915.

The area was extensively redeveloped during the 19th century and early 20th century with both the expansion of the river trade and the connectivity that the railway brought about. Bermondsey Town Hall - a mark of its civic emergence - was built on Spa Road in 1881. To the east of Tower Bridge, Bermondsey’s three and a half miles of riverside were lined with warehouses and wharves, of which the best known is Butler’s Wharf.

Many buildings from this era survive (around Leathermarket Street) including the huge Leather, Hide and Wool Exchange (now residential and small work spaces). Hepburn and Gale’s tannery, though now disused, on Long Lane is also a substantial survivor of the leather trade.

Peek, Frean and Company was established in 1857 at Dockhead by James Peek and George Hender Frean. They moved to a larger plant in Clements Road in 1866, leading to the nickname ’Biscuit Town’ for Bermondsey. They continued baking here until the brand was discontinued in 1989.

Wee Willie Harris - usually credited as the first British rock and roller - came from Bermondsey. He also worked in Peak Freans before his fame.

Bermondsey’s riverside suffered severe damage in Second World War bombing. A couple of decades later, the wharves became redundant following the collapse of the river trade. After standing derelict, many of the wharves were redeveloped by the London Docklands Development Corporation during the 1980s. They have now been converted into a mixture of residential and commercial accommodations and have become some of the most upmarket and expensive properties in London.

In 1910, Millwall F.C. had moved to a new stadium on Coldblow Lane, having previously played in Millwall on the Isle of Dogs. They kept their original name despite playing on the opposite side of the River Thames to the Millwall area. They played at The Den until 1993, when they relocated to the New Den nearby. The New Den is now back to being called The Den.

In 2000, Bermondsey tube station on the Jubilee Line Extension opened.


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The building with the canopy is Bridge House, George Row, Bermondsey, in 1926.
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Folly Ditch, Jacob’s Island in the 19th century. Jacob’s Island was a notorious Bermondsey slum, cleared in the 1860s.
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The Turk’s Head, Wapping High Street (1890). Sketch from ’The Art Journal’
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Enid Street, SE16 looking from Rouel Road (1938) The houses had railway arches just outside their back doors. The original Lion pub can just be seen on the right corner and at the far end on the same side was The Windsor Castle. Both pubs survived the pre and post war slum clearance of the houses by Bermondsey Borough Council. The Lion was replaced in 1961 on the corner of Spa Road but The Windsor was demolished c.1965 and never rebuilt. The same view nowadays would include high modern flats to the left.
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Jamaica Road (1900s) Despite being a road of eighteenth century origin, the western end of Jamaica Road, Bermondsey only dates from the 1960s.
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Tram travelling along Jamaica Road (1912) This section of Jamaica Road was completely swept away when the road was realigned during the 1960s.
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Old Jamaica Road, SE16 (2012) Part of the Bermondsey Spa development, the curved building in this view includes a health centre. Bermondsey Spa is a major housing development in the area between the London-Greenwich Railway line and Jamaica Road, in the early years of the 21st century. The terraced housing that occupied most of the site was cleared by the 1950s.
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Parker’s Row, SE1 on 19 May 1956
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Spa Road station (c.1900) Spa Road station was one of the first of London’s railway stations, built by the London & Greenwich Railway (later the South Eastern and Chatham railway) in 1836
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Wilson Grove, SE16 Wilson Grove includes a mini ’garden city’ with houses built in 1928 by Culpin & Bowers.
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