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Queenhithe is a small and ancient ward of the City of London, situated by the River Thames and a minor street.

The name of ‘Queenhithe’ today refers essentially to three concepts: (1) The ancient dock by that name. (2) Just to the north of the dock, a street called Queenhithe. (3) The third use of the word is in the Ward of Queenhithe which, obviously, takes its name from the dock.

Queenhithe was a thriving Saxon and medieval dock and is the only inlet now surviving along the City waterfront today. In Saxon times a second dock was also cut into the river bank at Billingsgate which remained until Victorian times when the dock was filled in and a new building called Billingsgate Market was erected on the reclaimed land.

By the 9th century Vikings were occupying the land inside the Roman Wall. In AD 886 the land inside the Roman Wall was reoccupied by King Alfred the Great. Alfred drove the Danes out of the City and is assumed to have established the street pattern to the south of Cheapside. A few years later, in AD 899, a harbour was established at ‘Ethelred’s Hythe’ – which we now call Queenhithe. It is recorded in contemporary charters as a trading shore, where goods were sold directly from beached boats.

The harbour became known as ‘Queenhithe’ when Queen Matilda, wife of Henry I, was granted the dues from the dock in the early 12th century. This right was inherited by successive English queens. Matilda opened London’s first public toilet on the site.

By the 13th century it had become the principal dock for handling grain and other foodstuffs to feed London’s growing population.

Some time around 1250 Henry III ordered that all corn and fish should be brought to Queenhithe, to supply the City markets. Just north of Queenhithe was Fish Street Hill which is a reminder of those days. This led to Friday Street, part of which still remains, where fish was sold to the public for the traditional Friday meal.

Records show that the market at Queenhithe was hindered by slowness of the bridge attendant in raising the draw-bridge of London Bridge. Ships therefore were reluctant to go through London Bridge to unload at Queenhithe. The dock therefore declined in the 15th century in favour of the better facilities for larger vessels at Billingsgate downstream of London Bridge.

In early times waterfronts were constructed in timber. After the 14th century waterfronts began to be built in stone, which lasted much longer, and the process of reclaiming land slowed down. By the 18th century most of the waterfront in the City had reached the modern alignment.

As well as goods, passengers also used Queenhithe like a ‘mini-port’ in the 17th century. The ‘Carriers Cosmographie’, published in 1637, states that ‘Great boats that do carry and remarry passengers and goods to and fro betwixt London and the towns of Maidenhead, Windsor, Staines, Chertsey, with other parts in the Counties of Surrey, Berkshire, Midddlesex and Buckinghamshire, do come every Monday and Thursday to Queenhithe and they do go away upon Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Reading boat is to be had at Queenhithe weekly.’

Today, remnants of the Victorian use of Queenhithe (Dock) can be seen at low tide on the foreshore. These are barge beds, constructed to level and stabilise the foreshore for berthing flat-bottomed barges, which transported goods to and from the warehouses lining the waterfront. The dock was surrounded by large warehouses during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The grand old warehouses remained until the 1960s. In the 1970s all but one (Brook’s Wharf, on the west side) was demolished and new office and residential developments replaced them.


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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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Tom   
Added: 21 May 2021 23:07 GMT   

Blackfriars
What is, or was, Bodies Bridge?

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Robert smitherman   
Added: 23 Aug 2017 11:01 GMT   

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my grandparents lived there as well as 2 further generations
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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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Merchant House This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Mermaid Tavern The Mermaid Tavern was a notable tavern during the Elizabethan era.
Mermaid Theatre This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Old Swan The Old Swan Inn was one of the most well-known in the City of London.
Old thameside inn This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Oyster Shed This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Patch This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Planet of the Grapes Ltd This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Quarter Jacks, Grange St Pauls Hotel This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Reflex This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Rudd’s This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Searcy’s Champagne Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Shaws Booksellers This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Sir John Hawkshaw This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The anchor bankside This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Banker This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Bell This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Centre Page This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Cockpit This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Duke and Duchess This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Fine Line This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Four Sisters Townhouse This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Golden Fleece This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Green Man This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Olde Wine Shades This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Pelt Trader, Arch 3 This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Pepys This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Rising Sun This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Sugarloaf This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Three Cranes This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Vinopolis city of wine This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Ye Olde London This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Ye Olde Watling This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Zorita’s Kitchen This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park lies between Kilburn and Kensal Green, developed from 1875 onwards and named to honour Queen Victoria.

The north of Queen’s Park formed part of the parish of Willesden and the southern section formed an exclave of the parish of Chelsea, both in the Ossulstone hundred of Middlesex. In 1889 the area of the Metropolitan Board of Works that included the southern section of Queen’s Park was transferred from Middlesex to the County of London, and in 1900 the anomaly of being administered from Chelsea was removed when the exclave was united with the parish of Paddington. In 1965 both parts of Queen’s Park became part of Greater London: the northern section - Queen’s Park ’proper’ formed part of Brent and the southern section - the Queen’s Park Estate - joined the City of Westminster.

Queen’s Park, like much of Kilburn, was developed by Solomon Barnett. The two-storey terraced houses east of the park, built between 1895 and 1900, typically have clean, classical lines. Those west of the park, built 1900–05, tend to be more Gothic in style. Barnett’s wife was from the West Country, and many of the roads he developed are named either for places she knew (e.g. Torbay, Tiverton, Honiton) or for popular poets of the time (e.g. Tennyson). The first occupants of the area in late Victorian times were typically lower middle class, such as clerks and teachers. Queen’s Park is both demographically and architecturally diverse. The streets around the park at the heart of Queen’s Park are a conservation area.

There is hardly any social housing in the streets around Queens Park itself, and the area was zoned as not suitable for social housing in the 1970s and 1980s as even then house prices were above average for the borough of Brent, which made them unaffordable for local Housing Associations. The main shopping streets of Salusbury Road and Chamberlayne Road have fewer convenience stores and more high-value shops and restaurants. Local schools – some of which struggled to attract the children of wealthier local families in the past – are now over-subscribed. House prices have risen accordingly.

Queen’s Park station was first opened by the London and North Western Railway on 2 June 1879 on the main line from London to Birmingham.

Services on the Bakerloo line were extended from Kilburn Park to Queen’s Park on 11 February 1915. On 10 May 1915 Bakerloo services began to operate north of Queen’s Park as far as Willesden Junction over the recently built Watford DC Line tracks shared with the LNWR.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Postal area SE1
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Smithfield Market
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In the neighbourhood...

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"Cheapside and Bow Church" engraved by W. Albutt, 1837 steel engraved print after a picture by T.H. Shepherd, first published in The History of London: Illustrated by Views in London and Westminster.
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Georg Giese from Danzig, 34-year-old German merchant at the Steelyard, painted in London by Hans Holbein in 1532
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Walbrook Wharf is an operating freight wharf located in the City of London adjacent to Cannon Street station.
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Tate Modern viewed from Thames pleasure boat (2003)
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"London Bridge from the Old Swan" by the Irish painter Hubert Pugh (1780) Shooting the tidal rapids at old London Bridge was dangerous; many passengers preferred to get off at the Old Swan, and walk. Immediately across the river in the painting is St Saviour’s Church, now Southwark Cathedral.
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Amen Court, EC4M
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Anchor Terrace, SE1 A large symmetrical building on Southwark Bridge Road, Anchor Terrace was built in 1834 for senior employees of the nearby Anchor Brewery. The building was converted into luxury flats in the late 1990s.
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The shoemaker was a 1907 London comedy drama, a play "full of tears and laughter."
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Tabard Inn, Southwark
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An early-nineteenth century Act of Parliament chose a site in St Martin’s Le Grand, City of London for a new General Post Office which established its headquarters on the site of a former monastic precinct in 1829.
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