Old Kent Road, SE1

Road in/near Walworth, existing until now

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Old Kent Road (2009)
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The Old Kent Road is famous as the cheapest property on the London Monopoly board.

The route of Old Kent Road is one of the oldest trackways in England and was first metalled by the Romans as the road from Dover to Londinium. The Saxons later called this Watling Street. Chaucer's pilgrims travelled along this route from London and Southwark on their way to Canterbury.

Although the name appears as simply Old Kent Road on maps, it is usually referred to by Londoners as The Old Kent Road. The Old Kent Road runs from the Bricklayers' Arms roundabout, where it meets the New Kent Road, Tower Bridge Road, and Great Dover Street, to New Cross Road, which begins a little to the east of the mainline railway bridge - the change in street-name is coincident with the border with Lewisham borough. Before the county of London was created this would have been the boundary between Surrey and Kent, hence the change in name.

At the junction with the presently named Shornecliff Road (previously Thomas Street) was the bridge crossing of St Thomas-a-Watering over a small brook, which marked a boundary in the Archbishop of Canterbury's authority of the nearby manors in Southwark and Walworth. The landmark pub nearby, the Thomas a Becket, derives its name from this connection. It was a place of execution for criminals whose bodies were left in gibbets at this spot, the principal route from the southeast to the City of London. The burning to death or hanging, drawing and quartering of religious dissenters, both Catholic and Protestant, also occurred here. In 1540 a priest 'Sir' (ie 'father') Godson was executed here for denying Henry VIII's supremacy. The Welsh Protestant martyr John Penry was also executed here in 1593 and a small side street nearby, named after him, commemorates this. The Catholics John Jones in 1598 and John Rigby met their end here in 1600.

The same point was regarded as the limit of the City of London's authority from 1550, there being a boundary stone set into the wall of the old fire station indicating this.

Following from the sale of local monastic properties in the Reformation period the Crown let out many long-leases which were acquired by local people. Most prominently was those held by the Rolls family along the route from Bricklayers Arms to New Cross Road. With the urban expansion of the metropolis these holdings were in turn let out on building licences or shorter leases to others by the Rolls family at considerable profit to them, notably the desirable residencial development in the 1750s in the area of what is now Surrey Square and the Paragon which were designed by their Surveyor Michael Searles (a road near this is named after him). Their family tomb is in the St Mary Magdalen Bermondsey churchyard.

By the third quarter of the nineteenth Century the family had accumulated so much wealth that they acquired a home at The Hendre (another local street name to show their connection) and a castle at Llangattock-Vibon-Avel in Wales and then through politics in Monmouth as MPs and High Sheriffs for that county, acquired a Peerage of the same name. Locally. they started to support the local communities by letting or granting for free some of their lands for social purposes:- the Library at Wells Way Burgess Park now a youth club, the Peabody Estate (Dover Flats) and the St Saviour's Grammar School for Girls site being the most obvious. This is why the road parallel to the main route is named 'Rolls Road'. The last real local remnant of their involvement is the large detached 'White House' between the Peabody Estate buildings, of the 1750s which was their home, then Searle's and then the management office of their trust estates. These were vacated in 1990 and the building has seen use as a Pentecostalist Church centre since then. The last of the male Llangatocks was the Hon Charles Stewart Rolls who was the pioneer motorist and aviator who formed the partnership with Henry Royce.

Apart from piecemeal residential schemes very little change along this route was made until the late 1960s with the London County Council plan of 'Lungs for Londoners' led to the creation of new open spaces and public parks by demolition of heavily urbanised areas; the eastern entrance to one of these, Burgess Park, is also located here at the junction with Albany Road.

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My Uncle (James Burgess and his wife Lil) used to live on Neate street, we used to come up from Croydon to visit (50 years ago) and play on the canal bridge that was about six houses along, the canal used to be at the back of his house. Used to feel like we were in a Dickens film Oliver Twist. The bridge is still there but nothing underneath as the canal has long gone and so have the houses that used to be on Neate street.

Image of Footbridge over Grand Surrey canal linking St Georges Way and Neate Street.

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The ARP Report giving details of the damage caused by a V2 Rocket on the 14 February 1945:- This very serious Rocket Attack occurred when the V2 struck Waite Street and the junction of Trafalgar Avenue Following details obtained from Camberwell ARP records : A LRR penetrated a 3 storey houses at the SW angle of Trafalgar Av with Waite Street, forming a crater at ground level about 40 feet across by 10 foot deep. Blast caused the complete demolishing of 12 4 storey ’neo Greek’ type of terrace houses of poor construction erected about 90 years previously. Damage beyond repair to about 25 similar properties adjoining the crater and damage calling for first aid repairs to properties within a s radius of about 200 yards of the crater. Rescue operations were concerned with the release of 10 trapped casualties which were found by dogs. Initial

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Walworth

Walworth is an inner-city district in the London Borough of Southwark. Walworth probably derives its name from the Old English Wealhworth, meaning 'farm'. It is located 2 miles south east of Charing Cross and near to Camberwell and Elephant and Castle.

The major streets in Walworth are the Old Kent Road and Walworth Road. It once had a common surrounded by streets with houses on one side, the Common on the other. This whole area is now covered by housing.

St. Peter's Church, Walworth's altar
St. Peter's Church, Walworth, built circa 1825, is an excellent example of the neo-classical style of church built by Sir John Soane. It is an indication of the wealth of the middle-class merchants who then lived in the vicinity that they could afford an architect of such prominence. Charles Upfold was born at Walworth Common and baptised at St. Peters. The church is home to the Monkey Park - which was once home to a menagerie kept by a past Reverend of the Church, but is now a garden.

Walworth is also home to the Pullens buildings - a mixture of Victorian live/work spaces and yards. Many of the flats are 1 bedroom, and some of the flats still connect to the Workshops of any of the three yards (Illife Yard, Peacock Yard and one other). They all share communal roof terraces with extensive views over to the West End.
Walworth also used to have a Zoo, in Royal Surrey Gardens, which was visited by Queen Victoria.

East Street market is a major street market.


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Walworth:   Walworth is an inner-city district in the London Borough of Southwark. Walworth probably derives its name from the Old English Wealhworth, meaning 'farm'. It is located 2 miles south east of Charing Cross and near to Camberwell and Elephant and Castle.


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Albridge Street, SE17 · Alma Grove, SE1 · Alsace Road, SE17 · Alscot Way, SE1 · Alvey Street, SE17 · Arnside Street, SE17 · Avocet Close, SE1 · Aylesbury Road, SE17 · Bagshot Street, SE17 · Balaclava Road, SE1 · Beaconsfield Road, SE17 · Beaconsfield Road, SE5 · Bianca Road, SE15 · Blackwood Avenue, N18 · Boyson Road, SE17 · Bradenham Close, SE17 · Brettell Street, SE17 · Bricklayers Arms, SE1 · Brodie Street, SE1 · Bronti Close, SE17 · Browning Estate, SE17 · Browning Street, SE17 · Burton Grove, SE17 · Bushwood Drive, SE1 · Buttermere Close, SE1 · Cadet Drive, SE1 · Canal Street, SE5 · Carter Place, SE17 · Castle Industrial Estate, SE17 · Charleston Street, SE17 · Chaucer Drive, SE1 · Cobourg Road Estate, SE5 · Cobourg Road, SE1 · Cobourg Road, SE5 · Colworth Grove, SE17 · Coopers Road, SE1 · Cotham Street, SE17 · Date Street, SE17 · Dawes Street, SE17 · Dunton Road, SE1 · Flinton Street, SE17 · Fort Road, SE1 · Fortune Place, SE1 · Freemantle Street, SE17 · Glengall Terrace, SE15 · Hadlow House, SE17 · Harmony Place, SE1 · Hendre Road, SE1 · Hopwood Road, SE17 · Humphrey Street, SE1 · Inville Road, SE17 · Kinglake Street, SE17 · Liverpool Grove, SE17 · Loncroft Road, SE5 · Longfellow Way, SE1 · Lytham Street, SE17 · Macleod Street, SE17 · Madron Street, SE1 · Madron Street, SE17 · Malt Street, SE1 · Mandela Way, SE1 · Mandela Way, SE16 · Mandela Way, SE1P · Marcia Road, SE1 · Massinger Street, SE17 · Merrow Street, SE17 · Merrow Walk, SE17 · Mina Road, SE1 · Mina Road, SE17 · Minnow Walk, SE17 · Missenden, SE17 · Morecambe Street, SE17 · Neate Street, SE15 · Neate Street, SE5 · Nile Terrace, SE15 · Oakley Place, SE1 · Old Kent Road, SE1 · Ossory Road, SE1 · Oxley Close, SE1 · Pepler Mews, SE5 · Phelp Street, SE17 · Portland Street, SE17 · Queens Row, SE17 · Red Lion Close, SE17 · Roland Way, SE17 · Rowcross Street, SE1 · Sedan Way, SE17 · Setchell Road, SE1 · Shopping Centre, SE1 · Shorncliffe Road, SE5 · Sondes Street, SE17 · Surrey Square, SE17 · Swift Court, SE1 · Taplow, SE17 · Thurlow Street, SE17 · Thurlow Walk, SE17 · Trafalgar Avenue, SE15 · Trafalgar Street, SE17 · Upnor Way, SE17 · Villa Street, SE17 · Waite Street, SE15 · Walworth Place, SE17 · Westmoreland Road, SE17 · Wooler Street, SE17 ·

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