Wilson Grove, SE16

An area which may have existed since the nineteenth century or before- in the area buildings are mainly post-war

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Wilson Grove was a renaming of Salisbury Street..


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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.

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.


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.

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

Born here
jack stevens   
Added: 26 Sep 2021 13:38 GMT   

Mothers birth place
Number 5 Whites Row which was built in around 1736 and still standing was the premises my now 93 year old mother was born in, her name at birth was Hilda Evelyne Shaw,

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.


Added: 28 Jun 2021 00:48 GMT   

Tower Bridge Business Complex, S
need for my coursework

Source: university

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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.

Added: 21 Apr 2021 16:21 GMT   

Liverpool Street
the Bishopsgate station has existed since 1840 as a passenger station, but does not appear in the site’s cartography. Evidently, the 1860 map is in fact much earlier than that date.

Lived here
Added: 11 Apr 2021 12:34 GMT   

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.

Added: 1 Sep 2021 16:58 GMT   

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

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.


Lived here
Katharina Logan   
Added: 9 Aug 2022 19:01 GMT   

Ely place existed in name in 1857
On 7th July 1857 John James Chase and Mary Ann Weekes were married at St John the Baptist Hoxton, he of full age and she a minor. Both parties list their place of residence as Ely Place, yet according to other information, this street was not named until 1861. He was a bricklayer, she had no occupation listed, but both were literate and able to sign their names on their marriage certificate.

Source: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSF7-Q9Y7?cc=3734475

Reginald John Gregory   
Added: 8 Aug 2022 14:07 GMT   

Worked in the vicinity of my ancestor’s house,
Between the years 1982-1998 (unknown to me at the time) I worked in an office close to the site of my ancestors cottage. I discovered this when researching family history - the cottage was mentioned in the 1871 census for Colindeep Lane/Ancient Street coming up from the Hyde. The family lived in the ares betwen 1805 and 1912.


Barry J. Page   
Added: 27 Jul 2022 19:41 GMT   

Highbury Corner V1 Explosion
Grandma described the V1 explosion at Highbury Corner on many occasions. She was working in the scullery when the flying bomb landed. The blast shattered all the windows in the block of flats and blew off the bolt on her front door. As she looked out the front room window, people in various states of injury and shock were making their way along Highbury Station Road. One man in particular, who was bleeding profusely from glass shard wounds to his neck, insisted in getting home to see if his family was all right. Others were less fortunate. Len, the local newsagent, comforted a man, who had lost both legs caused by the blast, until the victim succumbed to his injuries. The entire area was ravaged and following are statistics. The flying bomb landed during lunch hour (12:46 p.m.) on June 27th 1944. 26 people lost their lives, 84 were seriously injured and 71 slightly injured.

Added: 20 Jul 2022 13:36 GMT   

The Square & Ashmore park
The Square and Ashmore park was the place to be 2000-2005. Those were the greatest times on the estate. everyday people were playing out. the park was full of kids just being kids and having fun, now everyone is grown up and only bump into eachother when heading to the shops or work. I miss the good days( Im 25yrs old as im writing this)

Spotted here
Added: 18 Jul 2022 13:56 GMT   

Map of Thornsett Road Esrlsfield

Lived here
Added: 12 Jul 2022 21:36 GMT   

Elgin Crescent, W11
Richard Laitner (1955-1983), a barrister training to be a doctor at UCL, lived here in 1983. He was murdered aged 28 with both his parents after attending his sister’s wedding in Sheffield in 1983. The Richard Laitner Memorial Fund maintains bursaries in his memory at UCL Medical School

Source: Ancestry Library Edition

Anthony Mckay   
Added: 11 Jul 2022 00:12 GMT   

Bankfield Cottages, Ass House Lane, Harrow Weald
Bankfield Cottages (now demolished) at the end of Ass House Lane, appear twice in ’The Cheaters’ televison series (made 1960) in the episodes ’The Fine Print’ and ’Tine to Kill’

Source: THE CHEATERS: Episode Index

Bob Land   
Added: 29 Jun 2022 13:20 GMT   

Map legends
Question, I have been looking at quite a few maps dated 1950 and 1900, and there are many abbreviations on the maps, where can I find the lists to unravel these ?


Bob Land


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.
Execution Dock Execution Dock, on the shoreline at Wapping, was used to execute pirates, smugglers and mutineers who had been sentenced to death by Admiralty courts.
Jacob’s Island Jacob’s Island was a notorious slum in Bermondsey during the 19th century.
The Angel The Angel Public House is grade II listed and dates from the 1830s.

Apollo Business Park, SE16 Apollo Business Park is a location in London.
Arabella Street, SE16 Arabella Street runs off of Old Jamaica Road.
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.
Cathay Street, SE16 Cathay Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
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
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.
Corbetts Wharf, SE16 Corbetts Wharf is an historic wharf of Bermondsey.
Cottle Lane, SE16 Cottle Lane is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Dartle Court, SE16 Dartle Court is a location in London.
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.
Dombey House, SE16 Dombey House was one of the first blocks built on the Dickens Estate.
East Lane, SE16 A street within the postcode
Elephant Lane, SE16 Elephant Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Emba Street, SE16 Emba Street runs west from Wilson Grove.
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.
Fulford Street, SE16 Fulford Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Gataker House, SE16 Gataker House is a block on Gataker Street
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.
Globe Stairs, SE16 Globe Stairs is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Hickman’s Folly, SE1 Hickman’s Folly was a very old Bermondsey street which disappeared as the Dickens Estate was built.
Jacob Street, SE1 Jacob Street is named after Jacob’s Island, the infamous area which preceded it.
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.
King Edward the Third Mews, SE16 King Edward the Third Mews is a location in London.
King Stairs Close, SE16 King Stairs Close is a road in the SE16 postcode 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.
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.
Marigold Street, SE16 Marigold Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Marine Street, SE16 A street within the SE16 postcode
Matilda Place, SE16 Matilda Place is shown on maps between the 1810s and 1900s.
National Terrace, SE16 National Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
New Place Square, 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.
Olivers Wharf, E1W A street within the E1W postcode
Paradise Street, SE16 Paradise Street is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
Parker Building, SE16 The Parker Building lies on Freda Street.
Perryn Road, SE16 Perryn Road is a road in the SE16 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.
Prospect Street, SE16 Prospect Street is a road in the SE16 postcode area
Providence Square, SE1 Providence Square is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Pynfolds, SE16 Pynfolds is a location in London.
Rosebud Mews, SE16 Rosebud Mews is a location in London.
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
Slippers Place, SE16 Slippers Place is a road in the SE16 postcode 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 John’s Wharf, E1W The St John’s Wharves warehouses are now flats.
St. James’s Road, SE16 St. James’s Road is a long Bermondsey street running south from Jamaica Road.
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
Tapley House, SE1 Tapley House was one of the first buildings of the Dickens Estate.
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.
Tranton Road, SE16 Tranton Road is a road in the SE16 postcode 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
West Lane, SE16 West Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE16 postal area.
William Ellis Way, SE16 William Ellis Way is a location in London.
Wolseley Street, SE1 Wolseley Street was formerly called London Street.

St james of bermondsey This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Angel The Angel Public House is grade II listed and dates from the 1830s.
The angel at rotherhithe 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.


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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Thames Tunnel
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The Angel (1960)
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In the neighbourhood...

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The building with the canopy is Bridge House, George Row, Bermondsey, in 1926.
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The Angel (1960)
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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.
Credit: Old and New London (published 1873)
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The Turk’s Head, Wapping High Street (1890). Sketch from ’The Art Journal’
Credit: The Art Journal

Tram travelling along Jamaica Road (1912) This section of Jamaica Road was completely swept away when the road was realigned during the 1960s.
Old London postcard
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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.
Credit: Geograph/Stephen Craven
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Jackman House and its shops as seen from Old Gravel Lane. Photographed as part of the Wapping Housing Estate, ca. 1932

An old factory along Major Road, Bermondsey was eventually devoted to producing paint. The area was later redeveloped.
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Pearce & Duff blancmange factory After starting out as a cottage industry, the blancmange manufacturers Pearce & Duff moved to Rouel Road; SE16 in 1890, to the site of a glue factory - Young & Co. The Pearce & Duff factory closed after a fire in the 1960s.
Credit: Lambeth Archives

Tommy Steele signing autographs in Frean Street, Bermondsey (1957) He was leaving to do the ’Six Five Special’ on TV.

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