Watergate Street, SE8

Road in/near Deptford, existing until now

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Road · Deptford · SE8 ·
December
23
2021

Watergate Street is an old Deptford street giving access to the river.

Watergate Street was formerly known as King Street.

Many large houses were built in the street during the 17th and 18th centuries and lived in by those connected to the maritime trade.

By the twentieth century the street had became a slum and post-war, new housing was built.


Main source: OLD DEPTFORD HISTORY
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Lived here
Christine Clark   
Added: 20 Feb 2021 11:27 GMT   

Number 44 (1947 - 1967)
The Clark’s moved here from Dorking my father worked on the Thames as a captain of shell mex tankers,there were three children, CHristine, Barbara and Frank, my mother was Ida and my father Frank.Our house no 44 and 42 were pulled down and we were relocated to Bromley The rest of our family lived close by in Milton Court Rd, Brocklehurat Street, Chubworthy street so one big happy family..lovely days.

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Lynette beardwood   
Added: 29 Nov 2022 20:53 GMT   

Spy’s Club
Topham’s Hotel at 24-28 Ebury Street was called the Ebury Court Hotel. Its first proprietor was a Mrs Topham. In WW2 it was a favourite watering hole for the various intelligence organisations based in the Pimlico area. The first woman infiltrated into France in 1942, FANY Yvonne Rudellat, was recruited by the Special Operations Executive while working there. She died in Bergen Belsen in April 1945.

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Born here
   
Added: 16 Nov 2022 12:39 GMT   

The Pearce family lived in Gardnor Road
The Pearce family moved into Gardnor Road around 1900 after living in Fairfax walk, my Great grandfather, wife and there children are recorded living in number 4 Gardnor road in the 1911 census, yet I have been told my grand father was born in number 4 in 1902, generations of the Pearce continue living in number 4 as well other houses in the road up until the 1980’s

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Born here
   
Added: 16 Nov 2022 12:38 GMT   

The Pearce family lived in Gardnor Road
The Pearce family moved into Gardnor Road around 1900 after living in Fairfax walk, my Great grandfather, wife and there children are recorded living in number 4 Gardnor road in the 1911 census, yet I have been told my grand father was born in number 4 in 1902, generations of the Pearce continue living in number 4 as well other houses in the road up until the 1980’s

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Lived here
Phil Stubbington   
Added: 14 Nov 2022 16:28 GMT   

Numbers 60 to 70 (1901 - 1939)
A builder, Robert Maeers (1842-1919), applied to build six houses on plots 134 to 139 on the Lincoln House Estate on 5 October 1901. He received approval on 8 October 1901. These would become numbers 60 to 70 Rodenhurst Road (60 is plot 139). Robert Maeers was born in Northleigh, Devon. In 1901 he was living in 118 Elms Road with his wife Georgina, nee Bagwell. They had four children, Allan, Edwin, Alice, and Harriet, born between 1863 and 1873.
Alice Maeers was married to John Rawlins. Harriet Maeers was married to William Street.
Three of the six houses first appear on the electoral register in 1904:
Daniel Mescal “Ferncroft”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By the 1905 electoral register all six are occupied:

Daniel Mescal “St Senans”
Henry Robert Honeywood “Grasmere”
John Rawlins “Iveydene”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Walter Ernest Manning “St Hilda”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By 1906 house numbers replace names:

Daniel Mescal 70
Henry Robert Honeywood 68
John Rawlins 66
William Francis Street 64
Walter Ernest Manning 62
Henry Elkin 60

It’s not clear whether number 70 changed from “Ferncroft” to “St Senans” or possibly Daniel Mescal moved houses.

In any event, it can be seen that Robert Maeers’ two daughters are living in numbers 64 and 66, with, according to local information, an interconnecting door. In the 1911 census William Street is shown as a banker’s clerk. John Rawlins is a chartering clerk in shipping. Robert Maeers and his wife are also living at this address, Robert being shown as a retired builder.

By 1939 all the houses are in different ownership except number 60, where the Elkins are still in residence.


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stephen garraway   
Added: 13 Nov 2022 13:56 GMT   

Martin Street, Latimer Road
I was born at St Charlottes and lived at 14, Martin Street, Latimer Road W10 until I was 4 years old when we moved to the east end. It was my Nan Grant’s House and she was the widow of George Frederick Grant. She had two sons, George and Frederick, and one daughter, my mother Margaret Patricia.
The downstairs flat where we lived had two floors, the basement and the ground floor. The upper two floors were rented to a Scot and his family, the Smiths. He had red hair. The lights and cooker were gas and there was one cold tap over a Belfast sink. A tin bath hung on the wall. The toilet was outside in the yard. This was concreted over and faced the the rear of the opposite terraces. All the yards were segregated by high brick walls. The basement had the a "best" room with a large , dark fireplace with two painted metal Alsation ornaments and it was very dark, cold and little used.
The street lights were gas and a man came round twice daily to turn them on and off using a large pole with a hook and a lighted torch on the end. I remember men coming round the streets with carts selling hot chestnuts and muffins and also the hurdy gurdy man with his instrument and a monkey in a red jacket. I also remember the first time I saw a black man and my mother pulling me away from him. He had a Trilby and pale Mackintosh so he must of been one of the first of the Windrush people. I seem to recall he had a thin moustache.
Uncle George had a small delivery lorry but mum lost touch with him and his family. Uncle Fred went to Peabody Buildings near ST.Pauls.
My Nan was moved to a maisonette in White City around 1966, and couldn’t cope with electric lights, cookers and heating and she lost all of her neighbourhood friends. Within six months she had extreme dementia and died in a horrible ward in Tooting Bec hospital a year or so later. An awful way to end her life, being moved out of her lifelong neighbourhood even though it was slums.

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Added: 31 Oct 2022 18:47 GMT   

Memories
I lived at 7 Conder Street in a prefab from roughly 1965 to 1971 approx - happy memories- sad to see it is no more ?

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Eve Glover   
Added: 22 Oct 2022 09:28 GMT   

Shenley Road
Shenley Road is the main street in Borehamwood where the Job Centre and Blue Arrow were located

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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.

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Deptford Deptford is named after a ford of the River Ravensbourne.

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Barnes’s Alley, SE8 Barnes’s Alley ran off New King Street.
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Bronze Street, SE8 Bronze Street is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Clarence Road, SE8 Clarence Road is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Clyde Street, SE8 Clyde Street is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Cofferdam Way, SE8 Cofferdam Way is a location in London.
Copperas Street, SE8 Copperas Street is a road in the SE10 postcode area
Creek Road, SE8 The SE8 section of Creek Road is west of Deptford Creek.
Crossfield Street, SE8 Crossfield Street is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Czar Street, SE8 Czar Peter the Great of Russia lived at Sayes Court nearby in 1698 while studying shipbuilding at Deptford.
Dacca Street, SE8 Dacca Street is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Dawson Street, SE8 Dawson Street first appears as a tiny side street on the 1830s map.
Deptford Green, SE8 Deptford Green is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Deptford Market, SE8 Deptford Market is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Diana Close, SE8 Diana Close is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Dorking Close, SE8 Dorking Close is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Dragon Road, SE8 Dragon Road is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Dryfield Walk, SE8 Dryfield Walk is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Edward Place, SE8 Edward Place is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Edward Street, SE8 Edward Street is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Ffinch Street, SE8 Ffinch Street is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Frigate Mews, SE8 Frigate Mews is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Glaisher Street, SE8 Glaisher Street is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Grinling Place, SE8 Grinling Place is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Hamilton Street, SE8 Hamilton Street is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Henrietta Close, SE8 Henrietta Close is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Kerry Road, SE14 A street within the SE14 postcode
Kingfisher Square, SE8 Kingfisher Square is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Lamerton Street, SE8 Lamerton Street is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Marlowe Path, SE8 Marlowe Path is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Mary Ann Gardens, SE8 Mary Ann Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Mcmillan Street, SE8 Mcmillan Street is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Napier Avenue, SE8 Napier Avenue is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Napier Close, SE8 Napier Close is a road in the SE8 postcode area
New King Street, SE8 New King Street is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Payne Street, SE8 Payne Street is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Prince Street, SE8 Prince Street is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Railway Arches, SE8 Railway Arches is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Sayes Court Street, SE8 Sayes Court Street is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Seager Buildings, SE8 Seager Buildings is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Staunton Street, SE8 Staunton Street is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Stowage, SE8 Stowage is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Strafford House, SE8 Strafford House is a block on Evelyn Street
Taylor Close, SE8 Taylor Close is a road in the SE8 postcode area
The Pepys Enterprise Centre, SE8 The Pepys Enterprise Centre is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
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Warwickshire Path, SE8 Warwickshire Path is one of the streets of London in the SE8 postal area.
Wharf Street, SE8 Wharf Street is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Wotton Road, SE8 Wotton Road dates from the 1850s and called Wooton Road on the Stanford map of the following decade.

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Deptford

Deptford is named after a ford of the River Ravensbourne.

Deptford began as two small communities - one at the ford on the Ravensbourne with the other being a fishing village on the Thames (called West Greenwich).

During the reign of Henry VIII, it became home to Deptford Dockyard (the first of the Royal Dockyards) which lasted until the lat Victorian era. They were the main administrative centre of the Royal Navy. Deptford had a long royal connection and gave birth to the legend of Sir Walter Raleigh laying down his cape for Queen Elizabeth I. Captain James Cook’s third voyage aboard Resolution set out from here. Deptford became a major shipbuilding faciliry and attracted Peter the Great of Russia to arrive incognito to study shipbuilding.

The two Deptford communities grew together and flourished. The area declined as first the Royal Navy moved out, and then the commercial docks themselves declined until the last dock, Convoys Wharf, closed in 2000.

Opened in 1836, Deptford station is the oldest railway station in London and was situated on the first London railway - the London and Greenwich Railway which opened its first section between Spa Road, Bermondsey and Deptford on 8 February 1836. The line was extended westwards to the new London Bridge Station on 14 December 1836 and eastwards to Greenwich on 24 December 1838.


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Trains once ran down the centre of Grove Street in Deptford. Originally called the Thames Junction Railway, the Deptford Wharf Branch was a goods-only branch built to a railway-owned wharf on the Thames incorporating the old established Deadman’s Dock. This connected in to the lines to New Cross Gate and the South London Line and its route crossed the Grand Surrey Canal, first on a lifting bridge then further north at a higher level on an over bridge. The wharf was more or less divided into two halves with Grove Street forming the boundary. There was a line which came out of the east side of a yard and formed the Grove Street Tramway that ran down the middle of the road to the Corporation of London Foreign Cattle Market. Between the Wharf and the cattle market was the Royal Victualling Yard, later the Royal Victoria Yard. The Locomotive is a London and Brighton and South Coast Railway Class D1.
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London bus (2020)
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In the neighbourhood...

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View of Deptford High Street, SE8
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Abinger Grove VE Day street party This road runs up to Evelyn Street in Deptford
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Albury Street, formerly Union Street in Deptford (1906)
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Deptford Ferry Road - view of Britannia Dock. Above the terraced houses the masts and yards of the barque Killoran can be seen under repair in Britannia Dry Dock in 1928.
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Robert Price - yet another fence. He’s a one man fence erecting machine...
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London bus (2020)
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Lost
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Greenwich Foot Tunnel
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Two smallpox hospital ships moored off Deptford - vaccinations eventually rid the world completely of this terrible disease. Acquired in 1881, the ships were later moved down river to Long Reach, before being phased out in 1904
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Duck down at the Macy’s parade, New York City (1961)
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