Whitefoot Lane, BR1

Road in/near Downham, existing until now.

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November
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Whitefoot Lane straddles the SE6 and BR1 postcodes.

Whitefoot Lane served as the original road in the area prior to the development of the Downham Estate in 1926. The estate was named after Lord Downham, formerly known as William Haynes Fisher, who served as the chairman of the London County Council (LCC) that approved the construction of three large housing estates in 1914. The land for the Downham Estate was acquired in 1920 and encompassed the Holloway Farm to the west and Shroffolds Farm to the north.

Before the estate was built, there was minimal development south of Whitefoot Lane. Many locals enjoyed walking over the "Seven Fields" during the weekends. The estate’s name was derived from Lord Downham’s title, while many of the road names were inspired by Tennyson’s "Idylls of the King" or places in Devon.

Builders Holland, Hannen & Cubbits completed approximately 6,000 houses by the summer of 1930. Another section consisting of just over 1,000 houses was constructed in Whitefoot Lane in 1937 by builders Higgs & Hill, known as "North Downham." The Whitefoot Lane Flats were not completed until 1953, after World War II.

Once completed, the Downham Estate housed roughly 30,000 people who mostly commuted to work elsewhere. From November 1928, a low-cost "workman’s ticket" was available from Grove Park station. In 1960, the LCC started selling the first houses in Downham as local policy changed.



Main source: https://www.downhamonline.org.uk/
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Diana   
Added: 28 Feb 2024 13:52 GMT   

New Inn Yard, E1
My great grandparents x 6 lived in New Inn Yard. On this date, their son was baptised in nearby St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch

Source: BDM London, Cripplegate and Shoreditch registers written by church clerk.

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Vic Stanley   
Added: 24 Feb 2024 17:38 GMT   

Postcose
The postcode is SE15, NOT SE1

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Gillian   
Added: 17 Feb 2024 00:08 GMT   

No 36 Upper East Smithfield
My great great grandfather was born at No 36 Upper East Smithfield and spent his early years staring out at a "dead wall" of St Katharine’s Docks. His father was an outfitter and sold clothing for sailors. He describes the place as being backed by tenements in terrible condition and most of the people living there were Irish.

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Kevin Pont   
Added: 16 Feb 2024 20:32 GMT   

Name origin
Interestingly South Lambeth derives its name from the same source as Lambeth itself - a landing place for lambs.

But South Lambeth has no landing place - it is not on the River Thames

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C Hobbs   
Added: 31 Jan 2024 23:53 GMT   

George Gut (1853 - 1861)
George Gut, Master Baker lived with his family in Long Lane.
George was born in Bernbach, Hesse, Germany and came to the UK sometime in the 1840s. In 1849, George married an Englishwoman called Matilda Baker and became a nauralized Englishman. He was given the Freedom of the City of London (by Redemption in the Company of Bakers), in 1853 and was at that time, recorded as living at 3 Long Lane. In the 1861 census, George Gut was living at 11 Long Lane.

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Emma Beach   
Added: 18 Jan 2024 04:33 GMT   

William Sutton Thwaites
William Sutton Thwaites was the father of Frances Lydia Alice Knorr nee Thwaites�’�’she was executed in 1894 in Melbourne, Victoria Australia for infanticide. In the year prior to his marriage, to her mother Frances Jeanette Thwaites nee Robin, William Sutton was working as a tailor for Mr Orchard who employed four tailors in the hamlet of Mile End Old Town on at Crombies Row, Commercial Road East.

Source: 1861 England Census Class: Rg 9; Piece: 293; Folio: 20; Page: 2; GSU roll: 542608

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Simon   
Added: 15 Jan 2024 15:44 GMT   

Simon De Charmes, clockmaker
De Charmes (or Des Charmes), Simon, of French Huguenot extraction. Recorded 1688 and Free of the Clockmakers’ Company 1691-1730. In London until 1704 at least at ’his House, the Sign of the Clock, the Corner of Warwick St, Charing Cross’. See Brian Loomes The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain, NAG Press, 1981, p.188

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Jacqueline Mico   
Added: 14 Jan 2024 07:29 GMT   

Robert Bolam
This is where my grandad was born, he went on to be a beautiful man, he became a shop owner, a father, and grandfather, he lost a leg when he was a milkman and the horse kicked him, then opened a shop in New Cross and then moved to Lewisham where he had a Newsagents and tobacconists.

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