Tower Bridge Business Complex, SE16

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Tower Bridge Business Complex is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.

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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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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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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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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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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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Born here
Beverly Sand   
Added: 3 Apr 2021 17:19 GMT   

Havering Street, E1
My mother was born at 48 Havering Street. That house no longer exists. It disappeared from the map by 1950. Family name Schneider, mother Ray and father Joe. Joe’s parents lived just up the road at 311 Cable Street

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Daryl   
Added: 5 Feb 2021 07:25 GMT   

Heron Court Pomeroy Street
Heron Court was built in 1999. There are twelve, one bedroom flats to the front of Heron Court and behind, which can’t be seen from the road, four, four bedroom houses. The properties are owned by Hexagon Housing Association with occupants of the flats being tenants that are cared for by Southwark Social Welfare for mental/health issues.

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Kathleen   
Added: 28 Jul 2021 09:12 GMT   

Dunloe Avenue, N17
I was born in 1951,my grandparents lived at 5 Dunloe Avenue.I had photos of the coronation decorations in the area for 1953.The houses were rented out by Rowleys,their ’workers yard’ was at the top of Dunloe Avenue.The house was fairly big 3 bedroom with bath and toilet upstairs,and kitchenette downstairs -a fairly big garden.My Grandmother died 1980 and the house was taken back to be rented again

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Kathleen   
Added: 28 Jul 2021 08:59 GMT   

Spigurnell Road, N17
I was born and lived in Spigurnell Road no 32 from 1951.My father George lived in Spigurnell Road from 1930’s.When he died in’76 we moved to number 3 until I got married in 1982 and moved to Edmonton.Spigurnell Road was a great place to live.Number 32 was 2 up 2 down toilet out the back council house in those days

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Lewis   
Added: 27 Jul 2021 20:48 GMT   

Ploy
Allotment

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Added: 27 Jul 2021 14:31 GMT   

correction
Chaucer did not write Pilgrims Progress. His stories were called the Canterbury Tales

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old lady   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 11:58 GMT   

mis information
Cheltenham road was originally
Hall road not Hill rd
original street name printed on house still standing

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Patricia Bridges   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 10:57 GMT   

Lancefield Coachworks
My grandfather Tom Murray worked here

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Lived here
Former Philbeach Gardens Resident   
Added: 14 Jul 2021 00:44 GMT   

Philbeach Gardens Resident (Al Stewart)
Al Stewart, who had huts in the 70s with the sings ’Year of the Cat’ and ’On The Borders’, lived in Philbeach Gdns for a while and referenced Earl’s Court in a couple of his songs.
I lived in Philbeach Gardens from a child until my late teens. For a few years, on one evening in the midst of Summer, you could hear Al Stewart songs ringing out across Philbeach Gardens, particularly from his album ’Time Passages". I don’t think Al was living there at the time but perhaps he came back to see some pals. Or perhaps the broadcasters were just his fans,like me.
Either way, it was a wonderful treat to hear!

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Lived here
David James Bloomfield   
Added: 13 Jul 2021 11:54 GMT   

Hurstway Street, W10
Jimmy Bloomfield who played for Arsenal in the 1950s was brought up on this street. He was a QPR supporter as a child, as many locals would be at the time, as a teen he was rejected by them as being too small. They’d made a mistake

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Bermondsey The name Bermondsey first appears in a letter from Pope Constantine (708-715), in which he grants privileges to a monastery at ’Vermundesei’, then in the hands of the abbot of Medeshamstede, as Peterborough was known at the time.

NEARBY STREETS
Abbey Gardens, SE16 Abbey Gardens is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Abbeyfield Road, SE16 Abbeyfield Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Alexis Street, SE16 Alexis Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Almond Road, SE16 Almond Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Ambrose Street, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Ann Moss Way, SE16 Ann Moss Way is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Apollo Business Park, SE16 Apollo Business Park is a location in London.
Aspinden Road, SE16 Aspinden Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Banyard Road, SE16 Banyard Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Benwick Close, SE16 Benwick Close is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Bevington Street, SE16 Bevington Street was named after Samuel Bourne Bevington, the first mayor in 1900 of the new Bermondsey Borough Council.
Biscuit Factory, SE16 Biscuit Factory is a location in London.
Blue Anchor Lane, SE16 Blue Anchor Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Bombay Street, SE16 Bombay Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Bradley House, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
City Business Centre, SE16 City Business Centre is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Clemence Road, SE16 Clemence Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Clement, SE16 Clement 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 Rod, SE16 Clements Rod 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
Culling Road, SE16 Culling Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Dairy Apartments, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Dartle Court, SE16 Dartle Court is a location in London.
Dilston Grove, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Dixon’s Alley, SE16 Dixon’s Alley is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Dockley Road, SE16 Dockley Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Drappers Way, SE16 Drappers Way is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Drummond Road, SE16 Drummond Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Eveline Lowe Estate, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Fenner Close, SE16 Fenner Close is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Frankland Close, SE16 Frankland Close 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.
Gataker House, SE16 Residential block
Gillison Walk, SE16 Gillison Walk is a location in London.
Jamaica Road, SE16 Jamaica Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Janeway Street, SE16 Janeway Street 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.
King Edward the Third Mews, SE16 King Edward the Third Mews is a location in London.
Kirby Estate, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Layard Square, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Linsey Street, SE16 Linsey Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Llewellyn Street, SE16 Llewellyn Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Lockwood Square, SE16 Lockwood Square is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Longley Street, SE1 Longley Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Lower Road, SE16 Lower Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 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.
Macks Road, SE16 Macks Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Marden Square, SE16 Marden Square is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Maria Close, SE16 Maria Close is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Maria Close, SE16 A street within the SE1 postcode
Market Place, SE16 Market Place is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Millpond Estate, SE16 Millpond Estate is a location in London.
Nelldale Road, SE16 Nelldale Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
New Place Square, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Old Jamaica Road, SE16 Old Jamaica Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Park Approach, SE16 Park Approach is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Perryn Road, SE16 Perryn Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Pope House, SE16 Residential block
Priter Road, SE16 Priter Road is a location in London.
Prospect Street, SE16 Prospect Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Pynfolds, SE16 Pynfolds is a location in London.
Raymouth Road, SE16 Raymouth Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Rock Grove Way, SE16 Rock Grove Way is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Rosebud Mews, SE16 Rosebud Mews is a location in London.
Scott Lidgett Crescent, SE16 Scott Lidgett Crescent is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Slippers Place, SE16 Slippers Place is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Southwark Park Road, SE16 Southwark Park Road is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Spa Business Park, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
St Olaves Court, SE16 St Olaves Court is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
St Olavs Square, SE16 St Olavs Square is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
St. James’s Road, SE16 St. James’s Road is a long Bermondsey street running south from Jamaica Road.
Stalham Street, SE16 Stalham Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Stork’s Road, SE16 This is a street in the SE16 postcode area
Sun Passage, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
The Biscuit Factory, SE16 The Biscuit Factory is a location in London.
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 road in the SE16 postcode area
Tower Bridge Business Centre, SE16 Tower Bridge Business Centre is a location in London.
Tower Business Centre, SE16 Tower Business Centre is a location in London.
Tranton Road, SE16 Tranton Road is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Trothy Road, SE16 Trothy Road is a road in the SE1 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
William Ellis Way, SE16 William Ellis Way is a location in London.
Windmill Close, SE16 A street within the SE1 postcode

NEARBY PUBS
Ancient foresters This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Queen victoria This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
St james of bermondsey This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Stanley arms public house This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The blue anchor p h This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The boatman p.h. This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The gregorian This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Bermondsey

The name Bermondsey first appears in a letter from Pope Constantine (708-715), in which he grants 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.

The area first appears in a letter from Pope Constantine (708-715), in which he grants privileges to a monastery at Vermundesei, then in the hands of the abbot of Medeshamstede, as Peterborough was known at the time.

Bermondsey appears in Domesday Book. It was then held by King William, though a small part was in the hands of Robert, Count of Mortain, the king’s half brother, and younger brother of Odo of Bayeux, then Earl of Kent.

Bermondsey Abbey was founded as a Cluniac priory in 1082, and was dedicated to St Saviour. Monks from the abbey began the development of the area, cultivating the land and embanking the riverside. They turned an adjacent tidal inlet at the mouth of the River Neckinger into a dock, named St Saviour’s Dock after their abbey. The Knights Templar also owned land here and gave their names to one of the most distinctive streets in London, Shad Thames (a corruption of ’St John at Thames’). Other ecclesiastical properties stood nearby at Tooley (a corruption of ’St Olave’s’) Street, located in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s manor of Southwark, where wealthy citizens and clerics had their houses, including the priors of Lewes and St Augustine’s, Canterbury, and the abbot of Battle.

As it developed over the centuries, Bermondsey underwent many changes. After the Great Fire of London, it was settled by the well-to-do and took on the character of a garden suburb especially along the lines of Grange Road, as Bermondsey Street became more urbanised. A pleasure garden was founded there in the 17th century, commemorated by the Cherry Garden Pier. Samuel Pepys visited ’Jamaica House’ at Cherry Gardens in 1664 and recorded in his diary that he had left it "singing finely".

Though not many buildings survive from this era, one notable exception is the church of St Mary Magdalen in Bermondsey Street, completed in 1690 (although a church has been recorded on this site from the 13th Century). This church came through both 19th-century redevelopment and The Blitz unscathed. It is not just an unusual survivor for Bermondsey; buildings of this era are relative rarities 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 leisure resort, as the area between Grange and Jamaica Roads called Spa Road commemorates.

It was from the Bermondsey riverside that the painter J.M.W. Turner executed his famous painting of The Fighting Temeraire Tugged to her Last Berth to be Broken Up (1839), depicting the veteran warship being towed to Rotherhithe to be scrapped.

By the mid-19th century parts of Bermondsey, especially along the riverside had become a notorious slum — with the arrival of industrial plants, docks and immigrant housing. The area around St Saviour’s Dock, known as Jacob’s Island, was one of the worst in London. It was immortalised by Charles Dickens’s novel Oliver Twist, in which 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>

Bermondsey Town Hall was built on Spa Road in 1881. The area was extensively redeveloped during the 19th century and early 20th century with the expansion of the river trade and the arrival of the railways. London’s first passenger railway terminus was built by the London to Greenwich Railway in 1836 at London Bridge. The first section to be used was between the Spa Road Station and Deptford High Street. This local station had closed by 1915.

The industrial boom of the 19th century was an extension of Bermondsey’s manufacturing role in earlier eras. As in the East End, industries that were deemed too noisome to be carried on within the narrow confines of the City of London had been located here — one such that came to dominate central Bermondsey, away from the riverfront, was the processing and trading of leather and hides. 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 (disused as of early 2007) on Long Lane is also a substantial survivor of the leather trade.

Peek, Frean and Co was established in 1857 at Dockhead, Bermondsey 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, where they continued baking until the brand was discontinued in 1989. Wee Willie Harris (usually credited as the first British rock and roll player) came from Bermondsey. He was known as Britain’s Wild man of Rock N’ Roll). He also worked in Peak Freans.

To the east of Tower Bridge, Bermondsey’s 3½ miles of riverside were lined with warehouses and wharves, of which the best known is Butler’s Wharf. They suffered severe damage in World War II bombing and became redundant in the 1960s following the collapse of the river trade. After standing derelict for some years, many of the wharves were redeveloped under the aegis of 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 1997, US President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair visited the area to dine at the Pont de la Tour restaurant at Butler’s Wharf.

Millwall F.C. moved to a new stadium on Coldblow Lane in 1910, having previously played in Millwall, but have kept their original name despite playing at 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. A public sports centre is also included in their stadium.

Reorganisation of lines and closure of stations left Bermondsey’s transport links with the rest of London poorer in the late twentieth century. This was remedied in 2000 with the opening of Bermondsey tube station on the Jubilee Line Extension.

Bermondsey tube station was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects and was originally intended to have a multi-storey office building sitting on top.


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Thames Tunnel
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St. James’s Rd. Bermondsey c1910.
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The Angel (1960)
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The "Ha’penny Bumper" (tram) pictured on St James’s Road, SE1
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The Angel (1960)
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