Elephant and Castle

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Underground station · Elephant and Castle · SE1 ·
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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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Scott Hatton   
Added: 11 Sep 2020 19:47 GMT   

Millions Of Rats In Busy London
The Daily Mail on 14 April 1903 reported "MILLIONS OF RATS IN BUSY LONDON"

A rat plague, unprecedented in the annals of London, has broken out on the north side of the Strand. The streets principally infested are Catherine street, Drury lane, Blackmore street, Clare Market and Russell street. Something akin to a reign of terror prevails among the inhabitants after nightfall. Women refuse to pass along Blackmore street and the lower parts of Stanhope street after dusk, for droves of rats perambulate the roadways and pavements, and may be seen running along the window ledges of the empty houses awaiting demolition by the County Council in the Strand to Holborn improvement scheme.

The rats, indeed, have appeared in almost-incredible numbers. "There are millions of them," said one shopkeeper, and his statement was supported by other residents. The unwelcome visitors have been evicted from their old haunts by the County Council housebreakers, and are now busily in search of new homes. The Gaiety Restaurant has been the greatest sufferer. Rats have invaded the premises in such force that the managers have had to close the large dining room on the first floor and the grill rooms on the ground floor and in the basement. Those three spacious halls which have witnessed many as semblages of theatre-goers are now qui:e deserted. Behind the wainscot of the bandstand in the grillroom is a large mound of linen shreds. This represents 1728 serviettes carried theee by the rats.

In the bar the removal of a panel disclosed the astonishing fact that the rats have dragged for a distance of seven or eight yards some thirty or forty beer and wine bottles and stacked them in such a fashion as to make comfortable sleeping places. Mr Williams. the manager of the restaurant, estimates that the rats have destroyed L200 worth of linen. Formerly the Gaiety Restaurant dined 2000 persons daily; no business whatever is now done in this direction.

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Bruce McTavish   
Added: 11 Mar 2021 11:37 GMT   

Kennington Road
Lambeth North station was opened as Kennington Road and then Westminster Bridge Road before settling on its final name. It has a wonderful Leslie Green design.

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MCNALLY    
Added: 17 May 2021 09:42 GMT   

Blackfriars (1959 - 1965)
I lived in Upper Ground from 1959 to 1964 I was 6 years old my parents Vince and Kitty run the Pub The Angel on the corner of Upper Ground and Bodies Bridge. I remember the ceiling of the cellar was very low and almost stretched the length of Bodies Bridge. The underground trains run directly underneath the pub. If you were down in the cellar when a train was coming it was quite frightening

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Johna216   
Added: 9 Aug 2017 16:26 GMT   

Thanks!
I have recently started a web site, the info you provide on this site has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time & work. There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail. by Erich Fromm. eeggefeceefb

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Johnshort   
Added: 7 Oct 2017 21:07 GMT   

Hurley Road, SE11
There were stables in the road mid way - also Danny reading had a coal delivery lorry.

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Robert smitherman   
Added: 23 Aug 2017 11:01 GMT   

Saunders Street, SE11
I was born in a prefab on Saunders street SE11 in the 60’s, when I lived there, the road consisted of a few prefab houses, the road originally ran from Lollard street all the way thru to Fitzalan street. I went back there to have a look back in the early 90’s but all that is left of the road is about 20m of road and the road sign.

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Tom   
Added: 21 May 2021 23:07 GMT   

Blackfriars
What is, or was, Bodies Bridge?

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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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Born here
sam   
Added: 31 Dec 2021 00:54 GMT   

Burdett Street, SE1
I was on 2nd July 1952, in Burdett chambers (which is also known as Burdett buildings)on Burdett street

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Added: 3 Jun 2021 15:50 GMT   

All Bar One
The capitalisation is wrong

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Watts   
Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.

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Added: 25 Apr 2022 22:11 GMT   

Southover, N12
Everyone knows Central Woodside is the place to be. Ever since kdog moved from finchtown, Woodside has been thriving.

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Born here
Bernard Miller   
Added: 12 Apr 2022 17:36 GMT   

My mother and her sister were born at 9 Windsor Terrace
My mother, Millie Haring (later Miller) and her sister Yetta Haring (later Freedman) were born here in 1922 and 1923. With their parents and older brother and sister, they lived in two rooms until they moved to Stoke Newington in 1929. She always said there were six rooms, six families, a shared sink on the first floor landing and a toilet in the backyard.

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Brian Lynch   
Added: 10 Apr 2022 13:38 GMT   

Staples Mattress Factory
An architect’s design of the Staples Mattress Factory
An image found on the website of Dalzell’s Beds, in Armagh Northern Ireland.

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Lived here
   
Added: 19 Feb 2022 16:21 GMT   

Harmondsworth (1939 - 1965)
I lived in a house (Lostwithiel) on the Bath Road opposite the junction with Tythe Barn Lane, now a hotel site. Initially, aircraft used one of the diagonal runways directly in line with our house. I attended Sipson Primary School opposite the Three Magpies and celebrated my 21st birthday at The Peggy Bedford in 1959.

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Emma Seif   
Added: 25 Jan 2022 19:06 GMT   

Birth of the Bluestocking Society
In about 1750, Elizabeth Montagu began hosting literary breakfasts in her home at 23 (now 31) Hill Street. These are considered the first meetings of the Bluestocking society.

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Added: 14 Jan 2022 03:06 GMT   

Goldbourne Gardens W 10
I lived in Goldbourne Gardens in the 50,s very happy big bomb site

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Chris Nash   
Added: 10 Jan 2022 22:54 GMT   

Shortlands Close, DA17
Shortlands Close and the flats along it were constructed in the mid-1990s. Prior to this, the area was occupied by semi-detached houses with large gardens, which dated from the post-war period and were built on the site of Railway Farm. The farm and its buildings spanned the length of Abbey Road, on the south side of the North Kent Line railway tracks.

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THE STREETS OF ELEPHANT AND CASTLE
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Ayliffe Place, SE1 Ayliffe Place was situated at the end of Ayliffe Street.
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Brook Drive, SE1 Brook Drive is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Castle Square, SE17 Castle Square is a location in London.
Collinson Walk, SE1 Collinson Walk is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Copperfield Street, SE1 Copperfield Street was named after the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, by association with nearby Dickens Square.
County Street, SE1 County Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Deacon Street, SE17 Deacon Street is a location in London.
Deacon Way, SE17 Deacon Way is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Elephant Road, SE17 Elephant Road is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Farrell Court, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Gaitskell Way, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Gare Apartments, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Gaunt Street, SE1 Gaunt Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Gay Street, SE1 Gay Street is a road in the SW15 postcode area
Gaywood Street, SE1 Gaywood Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
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Great Suffolk Street, SE1 Great Suffolk Street was at one time called Dirty Lane.
Hampton Street, SE17 Hampton Street is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Hampton Street, SE17 Hampton Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Hannibal House, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Harper Road, SE1 Harper Road is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Howell Walk, SE1 Howell Walk is a road in the SE1 postcode area
King James Court, SE1 King James Court is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Kings Bench Street, SE1 Kings Bench Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Lagare Apartments, SE1 Lagare Apartments is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Lant Street, SE1 Lant Street derives its name from the Lant family who inherited the estates known as Southwark Olace.
Loman Street, SE1 Loman Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Marlborough Close, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Meadow Row, SE1 Meadow Row is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Nelson Square, SE1 Nelson Square is a road in the SE1 postcode area
New Kent Road, SE1 New Kent Road is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Newington Butts, SE1 Newington Butts is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Newington Causeway, SE1 Newington Causeway appears to have been so named in the middle of the 18th century.
Ontario Street, SE1 Ontario Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Oswin Street, SE11 Oswin Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Pastor Street, SE1 Pastor Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Pepper Street, SE1 Pepper Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Plantain Place, SE1 Plantain Place is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Pocock Street, SE1 Pocock Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Princess Street, SE1 Princess Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Risborough Street, SE1 Risborough Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Rockingham Street, SE1 Rockingham Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Rowland Hill House, SE1 Residential block
Rushworth Street, SE1 Rushworth Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Sawyer Street, SE1 Sawyer Street is named after Bob Sawyer, a character in the novel The Pickwick Papers by local resident Charles Dickens.
Silex Street, SE1 Silex Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Spare Street, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
St Alphege House, SE1 Residential block
St Gabriel Walk, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
St. Georges Cottages, SE1 St. Georges Cottages is a location in London.
Steedman Street, SE17 Steedman Street is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Stopher House, SE1 Residential block
Sudrey Street, SE1 Sudrey Street was formerly Little Suffolk Street.
Surrey Row, SE1 Surrey Row is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Surrey Rowe, SE1 Surrey Rowe is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Tarn Street, SE1 Tarn Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
The Artworks, SE17 The Artworks is a location in London.
Tiverton Street, SE1 Tiverton Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Trundle Street, SE1 Trundle Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Union Street, SE1 Union Street was so-called as it linked two other streets.
Walworth Road, SE1 The northernmost section of Walworth Road, nearest to the Elephant and Castle lies in the SE1 postal area.
Webber Street, SE1 Webber Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Weller Street, SE1 Weller Street is one of several local streets named after Dickens characters.
Wollaston Close, SE17 A street within the SE1 postcode

THE PUBS OF ELEPHANT AND CASTLE
Charles dickens This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Dark room students bar (licensed bar) This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Elephant and Castle tavern The name Elephant and Castle which now gives its name to this whole area of London was is derived from a coaching inn.
Rockingham arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Tavern Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The charlie chaplin This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The goldsmith This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The libertine This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The lord nelson This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The union jack nolia gallary This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.




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Hopton Street, Borough, 1977.
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The Ring, Blackfriars Road, SE1 (1925) Although established as a boxing venue in 1910, the building dated from 1783 as the Surrey Congregational Chapel by the Reverend Rowland Hill - who reportedly opted for the unusual, circular design so that there would be no corners in which the devil could hide. The person responsible for overseeing the chapel’s conversion was Dick Burge, a former English middleweight champion from Cheltenham. The former place of worship was then a warehouse. Dick and his wife Bella Burge enlisted the help of local homeless people to clean out the building and transform it into a state fit for presenting boxing to the public. The Ring opened on 14 May 1910, with the Blackfriars arena soon staging events four to five times a week, and the name from the circular shape of the building. The term "boxing ring" is not derived from the name of the building, contrary to local legend, but - still from the capital - instead from the London Prize Ring Rules in 1743, which specified a small circle in the centre of the fight area where the boxers met at the start of each round. The term ’ringside seat’ dates from the 1860s.
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Amelia Street
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Ayres Street
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In the neighbourhood...

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Demolition of the Heygate Estate and the construction of Elephant Central, May 2014. The Heygate Estate had been completed in 1974. The estate was used extensively as a filming location, due in part to its brutalist architecture.
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Amelia Street
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Gladstone Street showing Albert Terrace in the background (1977)
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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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Walworth Road (1930) This view looks north along the Walworth Road towards the ornate Elephant and Castle public house. Most of the buildings here were demolished as part of the London County Council redevelopment between 1958 and 1965.
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Postcard depicting Walworth Road and "The King’s First Visit To South London May 1911". The king in question was George V
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Harrison House on the Browning Estate, Walworth (1974)
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The Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens in Kennington (existed 1831-1877)
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Peabody Square, Blackfriars Road, Bankside, c.1872
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