Robinson Road, SE1

Road in/near Southwark .

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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


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


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

Added: 27 Jul 2021 14:31 GMT   

Chaucer did not write Pilgrims Progress. His stories were called the Canterbury Tales

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


Added: 3 Jun 2021 15:50 GMT   

All Bar One
The capitalisation is wrong


Added: 29 Mar 2023 17:31 GMT   

Auction of the paper stock of Janssen and Roberts
A broadside advertisement reads: "By auction, to be sold on Thursday next being the 16th of this present July, the remainder of the stock in partnership between Janssen and Roberts, at their late dwelling-house in Dean’s Court, the south side of St. Pauls, consisting of Genoa papers according to the particulars underneath." The date in the ESTC record is purely speculative; July 16th was a Thursday in many years during the 18th century; 1750 is only one possibility. Extensive searching has found no other record of the partners or the auction.

Source: ESTC - Search Results



Added: 10 Nov 2023 09:42 GMT   

Brecknock Road Pleating Company
My great grandparents ran the Brecknock Road pleating Company around 1910 to 1920 and my Grandmother worked there as a pleater until she was 16. I should like to know more about this. I know they had a beautiful Victorian house in Islington as I have photos of it & of them in their garden.

Source: Family history

Added: 6 Nov 2023 16:59 GMT   

Why do Thames Water not collect the 15 . Three meter lengths of blue plastic fencing, and old pipes etc. They left here for the last TWO Years, these cause an obstruction,as they halfway lying in the road,as no footpath down this road, and the cars going and exiting the park are getting damaged, also the public are in Grave Danger when trying to avoid your rubbish and the danger of your fences.

Source: Squirrels Lane. Buckhurst Hill, Essex. IG9. I want some action ,now, not Excuses.MK.


Added: 31 Oct 2023 10:34 GMT   

Cornwall Road, W11
Photo shows William Richard Hoare’s chemist shop at 121 Cornwall Road.


Added: 30 Oct 2023 18:48 GMT   

Old pub sign from the Rising Sun
Hi I have no connection to the area except that for the last 30+ years we’ve had an old pub sign hanging on our kitchen wall from the Rising Sun, Stanwell, which I believe was / is on the Oaks Rd. Happy to upload a photo if anyone can tell me how or where to do that!

Phillip Martin   
Added: 16 Oct 2023 06:25 GMT   

16 Ashburnham Road
On 15 October 1874 George Frederick Martin was born in 16 Ashburnham Road Greenwich to George Henry Martin, a painter, and Mary Martin, formerly Southern.

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Christine Bithrey   
Added: 15 Oct 2023 15:20 GMT   

The Hollies (1860 - 1900)
I lived in Holly Park Estate from 1969 I was 8 years old when we moved in until I left to get married, my mother still lives there now 84. I am wondering if there was ever a cemetery within The Hollies? And if so where? Was it near to the Blythwood Road end or much nearer to the old Methodist Church which is still standing although rather old looking. We spent most of our childhood playing along the old dis-used railway that run directly along Blythwood Road and opposite Holly Park Estate - top end which is where we live/ed. We now walk my mothers dog there twice a day. An elderly gentleman once told me when I was a child that there used to be a cemetery but I am not sure if he was trying to scare us children! I only thought about this recently when walking past the old Methodist Church and seeing the flag stone in the side of the wall with the inscription of when it was built late 1880

If anyone has any answers please email me [email protected]

Chris hutchison   
Added: 15 Oct 2023 03:04 GMT   

35 broadhurst gardens.
35 Broadhurst gardens was owned by famous opera singer Mr Herman “Simmy”Simberg. He had transformed it into a film and recording complex.
There was a film and animation studio on the ground floor. The recording facilities were on the next two floors.
I arrived in London from Australia in 1966 and worked in the studio as the tea boy and trainee recording engineer from Christmas 1966 for one year. The facility was leased by an American advertising company called Moreno Films. Mr Simbergs company Vox Humana used the studio for their own projects as well. I worked for both of them. I was so lucky. The manager was another wonderful gentleman called Jack Price who went on to create numerous songs for many famous singers of the day and also assisted the careers of Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. “Simmy” let me live in the bedsit,upper right hand window. Jack was also busy with projects with The Troggs,Bill Wyman,Peter Frampton. We did some great sessions with Manfred Mann and Alan Price. The Cream did some demos but that was before my time. We did lots of voice over work. Warren Mitchell and Ronnie Corbett were favourites. I went back in 1978 and “Simmy “ had removed all of the studio and it was now his home. His lounge room was still our studio in my minds eye!!

Sue L   
Added: 13 Oct 2023 17:21 GMT   

Duffield Street, Battersea
I’ve been looking for ages for a photo of Duffield Street without any luck.
My mother and grandfather lived there during the war. It was the first property he was able to buy but sadly after only a few months they were bombed out. My mother told the story that one night they were aware of a train stopping above them in the embankment. It was full of soldiers who threw out cigarettes and sweets at about four in the morning. They were returning from Dunkirk though of course my mother had no idea at the time. I have heard the same story from a different source too.


All Hallows Church was built in 1892.
The Ring The Ring was a boxing stadium which once stood on Blackfriars Road in Southwark.

Alaska Street, SE1 Alaska Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
All Hallows Place, SE1 All Hallows Place disappeared due to Second World World bombing.
America Street, SE1 America Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Aquinas Street, SE1 Aquinas Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Argent Street, SE1 Silver Street connected Orange Street (now Copperfield Street) and Loman Street.
Bankside House, SE1 Bankside House is a block on Sumner Street.
Bankside Lofts, SE1 Bankside Lofts is a block in Southwark.
Barge House Street, SE1 Barge House Street is a renamed section of Upper Ground Street.
Bear Lane, SE1 Bear Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Benson House, SE1 Benson House is located on Hatfields.
Black Friars Road, SE1 Black Friars Road is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Blackfriars Bridge, EC4V Blackfriars Bridge serves as a road and pedestrian bridge spanning the River Thames.
Blackfriars Road, SE1 Blackfriars Road runs between St George’s Circus at the southern end and Blackfriars Bridge over the River Thames at the northern end, leading to the City of London.
Blue Fin Building, SE1 Blue Fin Building is a block on Southwark Street.
Brad Street, SE1 Brad Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Braque Building, SE1 Braque Building is a building on Ewer Street.
Bridge Walk, EC4V Bridge Walk is a road in the SE8 postcode area
Brinton Walk, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Broadwall, SE1 Broadwall is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Broken Wharf House, EC4V Broken Wharf House is a block on Broken Wharf.
Broken Wharf, EC4V Broken Wharf is one of the streets of London in the EC4V postal area.
Burrell Street, SE1 Burrell Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Canvey Street, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Cardinal Cap Alley, SE1 Cardinal Cap Alley is an alley in Bankside.
Chancel Street, SE1 Chancel Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Climsland House, SE1 Climsland House is a block on Duchy Street.
Coin Street, SE1 Coin Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Colombo House, SE1 Colombo House is a block on Joan Street.
Colombo Street, SE1 Colombo Street was - until 1937 - called Collingwood Street.
Columbo House, SE1 Columbo House is a block on Blackfriars Road.
Cons Street, SE1 Emma Cons was the founder of the Royal Victoria Coffee Music Hall, that later became known as the Old Vic.
Copperfield Street, SE1 Copperfield Street was named after the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, by association with nearby Dickens Square.
Cornwall Flats, SE1 Cornwall Flats is a block on Cornwall Road.
Cornwall Road, SE1 According to John Norden’s description in 1615, there was a lane running northwest towards the Thames, following the approximate path of the modern Cornwall Road.
Cubitt House, SE1 Cubitt House is a block on Blackfriars Road.
Dolben Street, SE1 Dolben Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Dorset House, SE1 Dorset House is a block on Stamford Street.
Doyce Street, SE1 Doyce Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Duchy Street, SE1 Duchy Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Edward Henry House, SE1 Edward Henry House is a block on Cornwall Road.
Emerson Street, SE1 Emerson Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Enterprise House, SE1 Residential block
Ernst Building, SE1 Ernst Building is a block on Union Street.
Ethelm House, SE1 Ethelm House is a block on Cornwall Road.
Europoint House, SW8 Europoint House is a location in London.
Ewer Street, SE1 Ewer Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Exton Street, SE1 Exton Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Falcon Point Piazza, SE1 Falcon Point Piazza is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Farnham House, SE1 Farnham House is a building on Union Street.
Friars Bridge Court, SE1 Friars Bridge Court is located on Blackfriars Road.
Gabriels Wharf, SE1 Gabriels Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Gambia Street, SE1 Gambia Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Gay Street, SE1 Gay Street is a road in the SW15 postcode area
Grande Vitesse Industrial Centre, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Great Guildford Business Square, SE1 Great Guildford Business Square is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Great Guildford Street, SE1 Great Guildford Street runs north-south in Southwark.
Greet Street, SE1 Greet Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Hatfields, SE1 The name "Hatfields" is believed to originate from a time when the area was used for drying animal skins, which were then used in various industries, including hat-making.
Heath Lodge, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Henry House, SE1 Henry House is a building on Coin Street.
Hoadly House, SE1 Hoadly House is a block on Union Street.
Holland Street, SE1 Today’s Holland Street was originally part of a street called Gravel Lane.
Hopetown Place, SE1 Russell Place was renamed to Hopetown Place, SE1 in 1892.
Hopton Street, SE1 Hopton Street was known as Green Walk until the late nineteenth century.
Invicta Plaza, SE1 Invicta Plaza is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Isabella Street, SE1 Isabella Street contains a number of restaurants which are housed in the railway arches below the London Bridge - Charing Cross railway lines.
James Forbes House, SE1 James Forbes House is a block on Great Suffolk Street.
Joan Street, SE1 Jane Street became Joan Street in 1937.
Kent House, SE1 Kent House is a block on Upper Ground.
Kings Reach, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Lavington Street, SE1 Lavington Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Linton House, SE1 Linton House is a block on Union Street.
Lockesley Square, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Marlborough Gardens, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Metro House, SE1 Metro House can be found on Blackfriars Road.
Meymott Street, SE1 Meymott Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Miller Walk, SE1 Miller Walk is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Milroy Walk, SE1 Milroy Walk is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Nelson Square, SE1 Nelson Square is a road in the SE1 postcode area
New Globe Walk, SE1 New Globe Walk is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Nicholson Street, SE1 Nicholson Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Old Barge House Alley, SE1 This is an article about Old Barge House Alley.
Olwen House, SE1 Olwen House is sited on Loman Street.
One Blackfriars Tower, SE1 One Blackfriars Tower is a building on Upper Ground.
Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Palestra House, SE1 Palestra House is a block on Blackfriars Road.
Paris Garden, SE1 Paris Garden is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Paul’s Walk, EC4V Paul’s Walk runs along the north bank of the Thames.
Pepper Street, SE1 Pepper Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Platts Lane, WC1R Platts Lane is a location in London.
Price’s Street, SE1 Price’s Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Rennie Street, SE1 Rennie Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Risborough Street, SE1 Risborough Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Riverside Walk, SE1 Riverside Walk is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Rosler Building, SE1 Rosler Building is a block on Ewer Street.
Roupell Street, SE1 Roupell Street was developed by John Palmer Roupell during the 1820s.
Rowland Hill House, SE1 Rowland Hill House is a block on Union Street.
Samford Street, SE1 Samford Street is a road in the NW8 postcode area
Sampson House, SE1 Sampson House is a block on Hopton Street.
Sandell Street, SE1 Sandell Street is named after a Mr Sandell, who owned warehouses here in the 1860s
Scoresby Street, SE1 Scoresby Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Secker Street, SE1 Secker Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Sir John Lyon House, EC4V Sir John Lyon House can be found on High Timber Street.
South Bank Tower, SE1 South Bank Tower can be found on Stamford Street.
South Bank, SE1 South Bank is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Southwalk Street, SE1 Southwalk Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Southwark Bridge, EC4V Southwark Bridge is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Southwark Street, SE1 Southwark Street is a major street just south of the River Thames. It runs between Blackfriars Road to the west and Borough High Street.
Stamford Street Apartments, SE1 This block stands on Stamford Street.
Stamford Street, SE1 Stamford Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Sumner Street, SE1 Sumner Street runs from Great Guildford Street to Southwark Bridge Road.
The Blue Fin Building, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
The Cut, SE1 Lower Marsh and The Cut, with its street market, formed the commercial heart of the area from the early 19th century.
Theed Street, SE1 Theed Street was one of the local streets developed by John Roupell.
Thorold House, SE1 Thorold House is a block on Pepper Street.
Titan House, SE1 Titan House is a block on Southwark Street.
Tomline House, SE1 Tomline House is located on Union Street.
Trelawney House, SE1 Trelawney House can be found on Union Street.
Trig Lane, EC4V A street within the EC4V postcode
Union House, SE1 Union House is a block on Great Suffolk Street.
Union Street, SE1 Union Street was so-called as it linked two other streets.
Upper Ground, SE1 Upper Ground is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Vaughan House, SE1 Vaughan House is a block on Nelson Square.
Waterloo Court, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Wayerloo Court, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Waynflete House, SE1 Waynflete House is a block on Union Street.
Whittlesey Street, SE1 Whittlesey Street dates from the 1830s.
Windmill House, SE1 Windmill House is a block on Wootton Street.
Windmill Walk, SE1 Windmill Walk stretches north and south of the Roupell Street Conservation Area.
Wootton Street, SE1 Wootton Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Wykeham House, SE1 Wykeham House is a block on Union Street.
Zoar Street, SE1 Zoar Street is named after the former Zoar Chapel here, named for the Biblical Zoara.


The Ring The Ring stands on the corner of The Cut and Blackfriars Road.

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Southwark is the area immediately south of London Bridge, opposite the City of London.

Southwark is on a previously marshy area south of the River Thames. Recent excavation has revealed prehistoric activity including evidence of early ploughing, burial mounds and ritual activity. The area was originally a series of islands in the River Thames. This formed the best place to bridge the Thames and the area became an important part of Londinium owing its importance to its position as the endpoint of the Roman London Bridge. Two Roman roads, Stane Street and Watling Street, met at Southwark in what is now Borough High Street.

At some point the Bridge fell or was pulled down. Southwark and the city seem to have become largely deserted during the Early Middle Ages. Archaeologically, evidence of settlement is replaced by a largely featureless soil called the Dark Earth which probably (although this is contested) represents an urban area abandoned.

Southwark appears to recover only during the time of King Alfred and his successors. Sometime in and around 886 AD the Bridge was rebuilt and the City and Southwark restored. Southwark was called ’Suddringa Geworc’ which means the ’defensive works of the men of Surrey’. It was probably fortified to defend the bridge and hence the re-emerging City of London to the north. This defensive role is highlighted by the use of the Bridge as a defense against King Swein, his son King Cnut and in 1066, against King William the Conqueror. He failed to force the Bridge during the Norman conquest of England, but Southwark was devastated.

Much of Southwark was originally owned by the church - the greatest reminder of monastic London is Southwark Cathedral, originally the priory of St Mary Overy.

During the Middle Ages, Southwark remained outside of the control of the City and was a haven for criminals and free traders, who would sell goods and conduct trades outside the regulation of the City Livery Companies. An important market - later to become known as the Borough Market - was established there some time in the 13th century. The area was renowned for its inns, especially The Tabard, from which Chaucer’s pilgrims set off on their journey in The Canterbury Tales.

After many decades’ petitioning, in 1550, Southwark was incorporated into the City of London as ’The Ward of Bridge Without’. It became the entertainment district for London, and it was also the red-light area. In 1599, William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre was built on the South Bank in Southwark, though it burned down in 1613. A modern replica, also called the Globe, has been built near the original site. Southwark was also a favorite area for entertainment like bull and bear-baiting. There was also a famous fair in Southwark which took place near the Church of St. George the Martyr. William Hogarth depicted this fair in his engraving of Southwark Fair (1733).

In 1844 the railway reached Southwark with the opening of London Bridge station.

In 1861 the Great Fire of Southwark destroyed a large number of buildings between Tooley Street and the Thames, including those around Hays Wharf, where Hays Galleria was later built, and blocks to the west almost as far as St Olave’s Church.

In 1899 Southwark was incorporated along with Newington and Walworth into the Metropolitan Borough of Southwark, and in 1965 this was incorporated with the Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell and Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey into the London Borough of Southwark.

Southwark tube station was opened on 20 November 1999 as part of the Jubilee Line Extension.

The original plan for the Extension did not include a station between those at Waterloo and London Bridge; Southwark station was added after lobbying by the local council. Although it is close to Waterloo, not near the Bankside attractions it was intended to serve, and its only rail interchange is to London Waterloo East mainline station; the passenger usage matches those of other minor central stations. It does however get over double the traffic of nearby Borough station and around triple Lambeth North.

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Ayres Street
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Holborn Viaduct from Farringdon Street, c. 1910 The building of Farringdon Street is considered one of the greatest urban engineering achievements of the 19th century. It was one of the first engineered multi-lane roads, and also buried the River Fleet in a system of underground tunnels, solving one of London’s most daunting sanitary problems. Its construction also included the building of the world’s first stretch of underground railway, a branch of the Metropolitan Railway that later became part of the London Underground running beneath Farringdon Road from King’s Cross St. Pancras into the City at Farringdon. The construction of Farringdon Street also necessitated the removal of the Fleet Market that had been built in 1736 above the course of the River Fleet, which is now London’s largest subterranean river. North of the market was Hockley-in-the-Hole (around Ray Street Bridge), an area notorious for bear-baiting and similar activities.
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No 37 Cheapside on the corner of Friday Street (c.1880) The ’Society for Photographing Relics of Old London’ was formed when the Oxford Arms - a traditional galleried pub - was about to be pulled down as part of the new Old Bailey development in 1875. The society subsequently campaigned to record disappearing sights, hurriedly commissioning photographs to capture buildings for posterity. Between 1875 and 1886 they produced photographic records of further buildings under threat, which were issued with descriptive text by the painter (and founder of the Society) Alfred Marks. The focus was architectural, not social; the photographs deliberately exclude signs, notices, people and traffic, to concentrate on the appearance of the bricks and mortar. Few of the streets in their images remain. This section of Friday Street was demolished after the Second World War.
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Hopton’s Almshouses, Hopton Street, Bankside (1957)

Tate Modern viewed from Thames pleasure boat (2003)
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Middle Temple Lane looking towards Victoria Embankment (2008) The buildings are mainly occupied by barristers’ chambers
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At the southern end of Carmelite Street in the City of London stood the Victorian-era Whitefriars Fire Station.
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Collingwood Street, near Blackfriars Road c1900 The street was renamed Colombo Street in 1937 by the London County Council. The weatherboarded cottages suffered severe bomb damage during the Blitz and were demolished in 1948

Hopton’s Almshouses
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Pilgrim Street, City of London, with St Brides Church in the distance (1890)
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Postcard of the then-new Victoria Embankment (1890s) The Victoria Embankment was primarily designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette. It incorporates the main low level interceptor sewer and the underground District Line over which a wide road and riverside walkway were built.
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"Traffic on Blackfriars Bridge" is an 1896 British short black-and-white silent actuality film, directed by Robert W. Paul, featuring top-hatted pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages passing over Blackfriars Bridge in London. The movie was, according to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "taken from the southern end looking northwards over the Thames by R.W. Paul in July 1896" and screened as part of his Alhambra Theatre programme shortly afterwards. Movie link: (198)
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Cardinal Cap Alley is an alley in Bankside. Bankside was a bawdy place, full of taverns, brothels then called ’stews’ from the stewhouses, which were steam baths doubling as brothels. There were bear and bull-baiting pits and, in the time of Shakespeare, public theatres. Cardinal Cap Alley, off Bankside, used to lead to a brothel called the The Cardinal’s Cap which was so-called because it had been owned by Henry Beaufort, the Bishop of Winchester, who had paraded here, wearing his red hat, after being appointed a cardinal by the Pope. In the photo, the entrance to Cardinal Cap Alley is under the lamp, left of the yellow door.
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