Monthly Archives: March 2021

Tabard Inn, Borough High Street – The Host

Above: Print showing how the Tabard looked in the 15th century. In the ‘Prologue’ to the ‘Canterbury Tales’ written by Geoffrey Chaucer, the account tells us that he was among a group of pilgrims who met at the Tabard Inn. … Continue reading

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St George’s Cathedral

Above: Aerial view from Google Earth of the Cathedral. The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, usually known as St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark, South London and is the seat of … Continue reading

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Barge House Stairs

Above: The old street name plate on the old Dewhurst building (now better known as the OXO building), photographed in 1977. The building stands on the east side of the original alleyway that led to Barge House Stairs. On the … Continue reading

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Hop and Malt Exchange

Above: Looking west towards Borough High Street at the Hop and Malt Exchange building with its graceful curve. The grading and selling of hops were until the middle of the 20th century one of Southwark’s major trades. A look at … Continue reading

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Spur Inn, Borough High Street

Above: Looking at the ancient site of the yard of the Spur Inn, with the hotel entrance at the back. This in is one of 12 inns that once stood in Borough High Street for which some evidence remains today. … Continue reading

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George Inn, Borough High Street

Above: A modern view of the George Inn. Today’s pub stands on the site of one of 12 inns for which some evidence remains today that once stood in Borough High Street. It is number 3 of the 12. More information … Continue reading

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Borough High Street and Its Inns

Above: Part of Rocque’s map (1746) showing Borough High Street running south from London Bridge. Southwark Cathedral (named ‘St Saviour’ on the map) and the church of St George the Martyr have been coloured PURPLE. The 12 inn yards have … Continue reading

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Borough High Street – Roman Road

Above: Line of the original Roman road plotted onto a modern map (OpenStreetMap). Site of Roman bridge and medieval London Bridge (BROWN line). Borough High Street (ORANGE line). In the same way that the City of London owes its origins … Continue reading

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Southwark as a Place Name

Above: Part of Rocque’s map (1746) showing Borough High Street which is just labelled ‘The Borough’. The earliest documented name was ‘Suthringa geweorcha’. It is recorded in the early 10th-century Anglo-Saxon document known as the Burghal Hidage which listed the … Continue reading

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Southwark Overview

Above: Looking north in Borough High Street with the tower of Southwark Cathedral in the distance. The Metropolitan London Borough of Southwark was created in 1900, as part of the newly formed Metropolitan London which had 28 Metropolitan Boroughs in … Continue reading

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