Royal Street, SE1

Road in/near Lambeth

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Royal Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.

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Added: 8 Dec 2020 00:24 GMT   

Othello takes a bow
On 1 November 1604, William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello was presented for the first time, at The Palace of Whitehall. The palace was the main residence of the English monarchs in London from 1530 until 1698. Seven years to the day, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Tempest was also presented for the first time, and also at the Palace of Whitehall.

Linda Webb   
Added: 27 Sep 2021 05:51 GMT   

Hungerford Stairs
In 1794 my ancestor, George Webb, Clay Pipe Maker, lived in Hungerford Stairs, Strand. Source: Wakefields Merchant & Tradesmens General Directory London Westminster 1794

Source: Hungerford Stairs


Roy Batham   
Added: 7 Jan 2022 07:17 GMT   

Smithy in Longacre
John Burris 1802-1848 Listed 1841 census as Burroughs was a blacksmith, address just given as Longacre.

Source: Batham/Wiseman - Family Tree


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.

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.

Richard Lake   
Added: 28 Sep 2022 09:37 GMT   

Trade Union Official
John William Lake snr moved with his family to 22 De Laune Street in 1936. He was the London Branch Secretary for the Street Masons, Paviours and Road Makers Union. He had previously lived in Orange St now Copperfield St Southwark but had been forced to move because the landlord didn’t like him working from home and said it broke his lease.
John William snr died in 1940. His son John William Lake jnr also became a stone mason and at the end of World War two he was responsible for the engraving of the dates of WW2 onto the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

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

Jessie Doring   
Added: 22 Feb 2021 04:33 GMT   

Tisbury Court Jazz Bar
Jazz Bar opened in Tisbury Court by 2 Australians. Situated in underground basement. Can not remember how long it opened for.

Pauline jones   
Added: 16 Oct 2017 19:04 GMT   

Bessborough Place, SW1V
I grew up in bessborough place at the back of our house and Grosvenor road and bessborough gardens was a fantastic playground called trinity mews it had a paddling pool sandpit football area and various things to climb on, such as a train , slide also as Wendy house. There were plants surrounding this wonderful play area, two playground attendants ,also a shelter for when it rained. The children were constantly told off by the playground keepers for touching the plants or kicking the ball out of the permitted area, there was hopscotch as well, all these play items were brick apart from the slide. Pollock was the centre of my universe and I felt sorry and still do for anyone not being born there. To this day I miss it and constantly look for images of the streets around there, my sister and me often go back to take a clumped of our beloved London. The stucco houses were a feature and the backs of the houses enabled parents to see thier children playing.


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.

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.

Added: 21 May 2021 23:07 GMT   

What is, or was, Bodies Bridge?

Lived here
Richard Roques   
Added: 21 Jan 2021 16:53 GMT   

Buckingham Street residents
Here in Buckingham Street lived Samuel Pepys the diarist, Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling

Jude Allen   
Added: 29 Jul 2021 07:53 GMT   

Bra top
I jave a jewelled item of clothong worn by a revie girl.
It is red with diamante straps. Inside it jas a label Bermans Revue 16 Orange Street but I cannot find any info online about the revue only that 16 Orange Street used to be a theatre. Does any one know about the revue. I would be intesrested to imagine the wearer of the article and her London life.

Born here
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



Born here
Added: 27 Mar 2023 18:28 GMT   

Nower Hill, HA5

Added: 26 Mar 2023 14:50 GMT   

Albert Mews
It is not a gargoyle over the entrance arch to Albert Mews, it is a likeness of Prince Albert himself.

Christine D Elliott   
Added: 20 Mar 2023 15:52 GMT   

The Blute Family
My grandparents, Frederick William Blute & Alice Elizabeth Blute nee: Warnham lived at 89 Blockhouse Street Deptford from around 1917.They had six children. 1. Alice Maragret Blute (my mother) 2. Frederick William Blute 3. Charles Adrian Blute 4. Violet Lillian Blute 5. Donald Blute 6. Stanley Vincent Blute (Lived 15 months). I lived there with my family from 1954 (Birth) until 1965 when we were re-housed for regeneration to the area.
I attended Ilderton Road School.
Very happy memories of that time.


Pearl Foster   
Added: 20 Mar 2023 12:22 GMT   

Dukes Place, EC3A
Until his death in 1767, Daniel Nunes de Lara worked from his home in Dukes Street as a Pastry Cook. It was not until much later the street was renamed Dukes Place. Daniel and his family attended the nearby Bevis Marks synagogue for Sephardic Jews. The Ashkenazi Great Synagogue was established in Duke Street, which meant Daniel’s business perfectly situated for his occupation as it allowed him to cater for both congregations.

Dr Paul Flewers   
Added: 9 Mar 2023 18:12 GMT   

Some Brief Notes on Hawthorne Close / Hawthorne Street
My great-grandparents lived in the last house on the south side of Hawthorne Street, no 13, and my grandmother Alice Knopp and her brothers and sisters grew up there. Alice Knopp married Charles Flewers, from nearby Hayling Road, and moved to Richmond, Surrey, where I was born. Leonard Knopp married Esther Gutenberg and lived there until the street was demolished in the mid-1960s, moving on to Tottenham. Uncle Len worked in the fur trade, then ran a pet shop in, I think, the Kingsland Road.

From the back garden, one could see the almshouses in the Balls Pond Road. There was an ink factory at the end of the street, which I recall as rather malodorous.


Added: 7 Mar 2023 17:14 GMT   

Andover Road, N7 (1939 - 1957)
My aunt, Doris nee Curtis (aka Jo) and her husband John Hawkins (aka Jack) ran a small general stores at 92 Andover Road (N7). I have found details in the 1939 register but don’t know how long before that it was opened.He died in 1957. In the 1939 register he is noted as being an ARP warden for Islington warden


Added: 2 Mar 2023 13:50 GMT   

The Queens Head
Queens Head demolished and a NISA supermarket and flats built in its place.

Added: 28 Feb 2023 18:09 GMT   

6 Elia Street
When I was young I lived in 6 Elia Street. At the end of the garden there was a garage owned by Initial Laundries which ran from an access in Quick Street all the way up to the back of our garden. The fire exit to the garage was a window leading into our garden. 6 Elia Street was owned by Initial Laundry.



Canterbury Music Hall The Canterbury Music Hall was established in 1852 by Charles Morton on the site of a former skittle alley adjacent to the Canterbury Tavern at 143 Westminster Bridge Road.
Christ Church, Lambeth Christ Church was founded by the Rev Dr Christopher Newman Hall in 1876 as a Congregational chapel on Westminster Bridge Road.
Florence Nightingale Museum The Florence Nightingale Museum is located at St Thomas’ Hospital, which faces the Palace of Westminster across the River Thames.
Garden Museum The first museum in the world dedicated to the history of gardening.
Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park is a public park in Kennington.
Lambeth North Lambeth North is the area surrounding the Imperial War Museum.
Lower Marsh Market Lower Marsh Market is in the Waterloo area of London.
Morley College Morley College is an adult education college in south London.
Necropolis Station The London Necropolis Railway was opened in 1854 as a reaction to severe overcrowding in London’s existing graveyards and cemeteries.

Addington Street, SE1 Addington Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Astbury House, SE11 Astbury House is a block on Lambeth Road.
Barkham Terrace, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Baylis Road, SE1 Baylis Road runs between Westminster Bridge Road and Waterloo Road.
Becket House, SE1 Becket House is located on Lambeth Palace Road.
Blenheim Business Centre, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Burdett Street, SE1 Burdett Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Canterbury House, SE1 Canterbury House can be found on Royal Street.
Carlisle Lane, SE1 Carlisle Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Centaur Street, SE1 Centaur Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Chicheley Street, SE1 Henry Chichele was a 15th-century Archbishop of Canterbury.
China Walk, SE11 China Walk and its estate dates from 1928-34.
Church Street, SE1 Church Street is an old name for the street leading to Lambeth Bridge.
Cole House, SE1 Cole House is a block on Tanswell Street.
Copeland House, SE1 Copeland House can be found on Lambeth Road.
Coral Street, SE1 Coral Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Cosser Street, SE1 Cosser Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Cottesloe Mews, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Curtis Green Building, SW1A Curtis Green Building can be found on Victoria Embankment.
Dibdin Row, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Doreen Ramsey Court, SE1 Doreen Ramsey Court is a block on The Cut.
Ferrybridge House, SE11 Ferrybridge House is a block on Lambeth Road.
Forum Magnum Square, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Frazier Street, SE1 Frazier Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Granby Place, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Greenham Close, SE1 Greenham Close is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Griffin Street, SE1 Griffin Street was marked on maps between the 1820s and the 1950s.
Harlington Street, SE1 Harlington Street was built in the 1820s but swept away by the building of Waterloo station.
Hercules Road, SE1 Hercules Road runs north from Lambeth Road near Lambeth Palace, on the site of Penlington Place.
Holmes Terrace, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Johanna Street, SE1 Johanna Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Kennington Road, SE1 A small section of Kennington Road lies in the SE1 postal area.
King Edward Walk, SE1 King Edward Walk is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 Lambeth Palace Road is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Lambeth Road, SE1 Lambeth Road is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Launcelot Street, SE1 Launcelot Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Leake Street, SE1 Leake Street is a road and a road tunnel where graffiti is tolerated.
Lower Marsh, SE1 Lower Marsh is an 18th century street in the Waterloo neighbourhood.
McAuley Close, SE1 McAuley Close runs north from Cosser Street.
Mead Row, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Morley Street, SE1 Morley Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Munro House, SE1 Munro House can be found on Murphy Street.
Murphy Street, SE1 Murphy Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Newnham Terrace, SE1 Newnham Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Oakey Lane, SE1 This is a street in the SE1 postcode area
Oreilly Street, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Pear Place, SE1 Pear Place was formerly Peartree Street.
Pearman Street, SE1 Pearman Street is one of the centres of London.
Perspective Building, SE1 Perspective Building is a block on Westminster Bridge Road.
Prideux Building, SE1 Prideux Building is a block on Westminster Bridge Road.
Railway Arch 213, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Reeves House, SE1 Reeves House is a block on Baylis Road.
Ronald McDonald House, SE1 Ronald McDonald House is sited on Lambeth Road.
Santley House, SE1 Santley House can be found on Frazier Street.
Spode House, SE11 Spode House is sited on Lambeth Walk.
Spur Road, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Stangate House, SE1 Stangate House is a block on Upper Marsh.
Steam Pump Lane, SE1 Steam Pump Lane is a road in the W4 postcode area
Tanswell Street, SE1 Tanswell Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Upper Marsh Street, SE1 Upper Marsh Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Upper Marsh, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Virgil Street, SE1 Virgil Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Waterloo Road, SE1 Waterloo Road is the main road in the Waterloo area straddling the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.
Westminster Bridge House, SE1 Westminster Bridge House is a block on Westminster Bridge Road.
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 Westminster Bridge Road runs on an east-west axis and passes through the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.
Westminster Bridge, SE1 Westminster Bridge links Westminster on the west side with Lambeth on the east side.
Westminster Pier, SW1A Westminster Pier is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
Worcester House, SE11 Worcester House is sited on Kennington Road.
Yew Cottages, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
York Road Curve, SE1 York Road Curve is a road in the N1C postcode area


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The ’Lamb’ in Lambeth really means just that.

The name is recorded in 1062 as Lambehitha, meaning ’landing place for lambs’, and in 1255 as Lambeth. The name refers to a harbour where lambs were either shipped from or to. It is formed from the Old English ’lamb’ and ’hythe.

South Lambeth is recorded as Sutlamehethe in 1241 and North Lambeth is recorded in 1319 as North Lamhuth. The marshland in the area, known as Lambeth Marshe, was drained in the 18th century but is remembered in the Lower Marsh street name. Sometime after the opening of Waterloo railway station in 1848 the locality around the station and Lower Marsh became known as Waterloo.

Lambeth Palace is located opposite the Palace of Westminster. The two were linked by a horse ferry across the Thames.

Until the mid-18th Century the north of Lambeth was marshland, crossed by a number of roads raised against floods.

With the opening of Westminster Bridge in 1750, followed by the Blackfriars Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge, a number of major thoroughfares were developed through Lambeth, such as Westminster Bridge Road, Kennington Road and Camberwell New Road.

In William Blake’s epic Milton a Poem, the poet John Milton leaves Heaven and travels to Lambeth, in the form of a falling comet, and enters Blake’s foot. This allows Blake to treat the ordinary world as perceived by the five senses as a sandal formed of "precious stones and gold" that he can now wear. Blake ties the sandal and, guided by Los, walks with it into the City of Art, inspired by the spirit of poetic creativity. The poem was written between 1804 and 1810.

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William Shakespeare
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Hungerford Stairs circa 1828
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William Shakespeare
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The Hole In The Wall, Waterloo
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Overflow of the Thames at Lambeth Stairs on Tuesday 29 January 1850. Lambeth Stairs was near to Lambeth Palace. Poor river wall maintenance meant that the area was flooded whenever there was an unusually high tide.
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1893 programme cover - Canterbury Theatre
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The Sea Life London Aquarium is located on the ground floor of County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames, near the London Eye. It opened in March 1997 as the London Aquarium and hosts about one million visitors each year.
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Deep beneath the former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo Station, Leake Street, once a dismal, tunnel for vehicular traffic now enjoys a new lease of life as an ever changing, unofficial art gallery.
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Children among the rubble of a bombsite playground at Lollard Street, Lambeth (1957) Children’s rights campaigner Lady Allen of Hurtwood formed a movement for the building of playgrounds. Originally known as ‘junk’ playgrounds, they were renamed adventure playgrounds in 1953 and the movement grew.
Credit: London Borough of Lambeth

York Road, South Bank (2013) York Road started its life in 1824. Part of the land was sold to the London and South Western Railway in 1848 when the line was extended from Nine Elms. Waterloo Station, which was raised above the marshy ground on a series of arches, was designed by Sir William Tite and opened on 11 July 1848.
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Westminster Bridge and the Palace of Westminster (2016). The current bridge was designed by Thomas Page and opened on 24 May 1862. With a length of 820 feet and a width of 85 feet, it is a seven-arch, cast-iron bridge with Gothic detailing by Charles Barry - the architect of the Palace of Westminster.
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Pelham Mission Hall, Lambeth Walk (2005). A curious building with an outside pulpit. It closed as a church sometime around 1970.
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