The Queen’s Steps, SE1

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Road · South Bank · SE1 ·
August
13
2017

The Queen’s Steps is a road in the SE1 postcode area





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The Underground Map   
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.

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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

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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.

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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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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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Julie   
Added: 22 Sep 2022 18:30 GMT   

Well Walk, NW3 (1817 - 1818)
The home of Benthy, the Postman, with whom poet John Keats and his brother Tom lodged from early 1817 to Dec., 1818. They occupied the first floor up. Here Tom died Dec. 1, 1818. It was next door to the Welles Tavern then called ’The Green Man’."

From collected papers and photos re: No. 1 Well Walk at the library of Harvard University.

Source: No. 1, Well Walk, Hampstead. | HOLLIS for

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Added: 4 Sep 2022 15:42 GMT   

Superman 2
I worked here in 1977. The scene in the prison laundry in Superman 2 was filmed here.

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TUM   
Added: 27 Aug 2022 10:22 GMT   

The Underground Map
Michael Faraday successfully demonstrated the first electrical transformer at the Royal Institute, London.

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Admin   
Added: 26 Aug 2022 15:19 GMT   

Bus makes a leap
A number 78 double-decker bus driven by Albert Gunter was forced to jump an accidentally opening Tower Bridge.

He was awarded a £10 bonus.

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Admin   
Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:44 GMT   

The world’s first underground train
The very first underground train left Paddington on the new Metropolitan Railway bound for Farringdon Street.

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Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:41 GMT   

Baker Street
Baker Street station opened on the Metropolitan Railway - the world’s first underground line.

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Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:17 GMT   

TV comes to Olympia
Over 7000 people queued to see the first high definition television pictures on sets at the Olympia Radio Show. The pictures were transmitted by the BBC from Alexandra Palace, introduced by Leslie Mitchell, their first announcer.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
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.
Embankment Embankment underground station has been known by various names during its long history - including, indeed, ’Embankment’.
Florence Nightingale Museum The Florence Nightingale Museum is located at St Thomas’ Hospital, which faces the Palace of Westminster across the River Thames.
Hole In the Wall The Hole In The Wall is a local Waterloo institution.
Hungerford Bridge Hungerford Bridge is a rail bridge crossing the Thames into Charing Cross station.
Hungerford Stairs The Hungerford Stairs were the entrance point to Hungerford Market from the River Thames. They are now the site of Charing Cross railway Station.
Lower Marsh Market Lower Marsh Market is in the Waterloo area of London.
Necropolis Station The London Necropolis Railway was opened in 1854 as a reaction to severe overcrowding in London’s existing graveyards and cemeteries.
Waterloo London Waterloo station is a central London railway terminus and London Underground complex. The station is one of 18 in Britain owned and operated by Network Rail and is close to the South Bank of the River Thames.
Westminster Westminster - heart of government.
Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is one of the world’s greatest churches.

NEARBY STREETS
Addington Street, SE1 Addington Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Belvedere Road, SE1 Belvedere Road is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Blenheim Business Centre, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Bridge Street, SW1A Bridge Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
Canon Row, SW1A Canon Row is at least one thousand year’s old.
Casson Square, SE1 Casson Square is a square of South Bank buildings.
Chicheley Street, SE1 Henry Chichele was a 15th-century Archbishop of Canterbury.
Commissioner’s Yard, SW1A Commissioner’s Yard is a small street behind New Scotland Yard.
Concert Hall Approach, SE1 Concert Hall Approach is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Derby Gate, SW1A Derby Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
Doon Street, SE1 Doon Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Downing Street, SW1A Downing Street has been the home of British Prime Minsters since the eighteenth century.
Fludyer Street, SW1A Fludyer Street used to be a street which lay parallel to, and south of, Downing Street.
Forum Magnum Square, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Golden Jubilee Bridge, WC2N Golden Jubilee Bridge is a road in the WC2N postcode area
Granby Place, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Great Scotland Yard, SW1A Great Scotland Yard is one of the streets of London in the SW1A 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.
Horse Guards Avenue, SW1A Horse Guards Avenue stretches from Whitehall to the Embankment.
Johanna Street, SE1 Johanna Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
King Street, SW1A King Street was an ancient thoroughfare between the regions of the Court and the Abbey in Westminster.
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.
Mepham Street, SE1 Mepham Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Murphy Street, SE1 Murphy Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Murphy Street, SE1 This is a street in the [no postcode area
National Film Theatre, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Northumberland Avenue, WC2N Northumberland Avenue runs from Trafalgar Square in the west to the Thames Embankment in the east.
Oreilly Street, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Parliament Square, SW1A Parliament Square is one of the most important squares in Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
Parliament Street, SW1A Parliament Street is the name of the southernmost stretch of Whitehall as it meets Parliament Square.
Railway Arch 213, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Richmond House Whitehall, SW1A Richmond House Whitehall is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
Richmond Terrace Mews, SW1A Richmond Terrace Mews originally led to New Scotland Yard.
Richmond Terrace, SW1A Richmond Terrace is on the site of Richmond House, destroyed by a fire on 21 December 1791.
Secker Street, SE1 Secker Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
South Bank, SE1 South Bank is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Southbank Centre Square, SE1 Southbank Centre Square is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Southbank, SE1 Southbank is a road in the SE9 postcode area
Spur Road, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
St. Margaret Street, SW1P St Margaret Street is the road immediately outside Westminster Hall.
Stamford Street Apartments, SE1 This block stands on Stamford Street.
Station Approach, SE1 Station Approach is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Sutton Walk, SE1 Sutton Walk is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
The Balcony, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
The Queen’s Walk, SE1 This is a street in the SE1 postcode area
The Queen’s Walk, SE1 The Queen’s Walk is a road in the SE1 postcode area
The Terrace, SW1A The Terrace is a road in the SW1A postcode area
The Tower Building, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
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
Victoria Embankment, SW1A Victoria Embankment leads north out of the Westminster area.
Waterloo Bridge, SE1 Waterloo Bridge is a road in the WC2R postcode area
Waterloo Bridge, SE1 Waterloo Bridge, as well as being the bridge itself, lends its name to the southern approach road.
Waterloo Centre, SE1 Waterloo Centre is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
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.
Whitehall Court, SW1A Whitehall Court is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
Whitehall Gardens, SW1A Whitehall Gardens is a road in the SW1A postcode area
Whitehall Place, SW1A Whitehall Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
Whitehall, SW1A Whitehall is recognised as the centre of the government of the United Kingdom.
Whitehouse Apartments, SE1 Whitehouse Apartments is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
York Road Curve, SE1 York Road Curve is a road in the N1C postcode area
York Road, SE1 York Road skirts the western edge of Waterloo station.

NEARBY PUBS
Hole In the Wall The Hole In The Wall is a local Waterloo institution.
Namco Funscape This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Slug & Lettuce This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Sports Bar & Grill This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Camel & Artichoke This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Horse And Stables This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Understudy This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Walrus This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Wellington Hotel This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


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William Shakespeare
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Waterloo Bridge on an 1810 map.
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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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1893 programme cover - Canterbury Theatre
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Waterloo Bridge on an 1810 map.
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Hungerford Stairs circa 1828
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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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The original, Brunel-built Hungerford Bridge.
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Newspaper seller on Horse Guards Avenue (1937) From the archive of amateur London photographer, John Turner
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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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Building the District Line and Joseph Bazalgette’s Embankment sewer near Waterloo Bridge (1867) Bazalgette’s Memorial is on the right here today.
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