Category Archives: /Sou-Bermondsey

Elephant Stairs

Above: Part of the OS map for 1895, showing Elephant Stairs. From at least Tudor times until the 19th century, one way for a pedestrian in London to travel was to be rowed on the Thames. River stairs were once … Continue reading

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Medieval Skeleton Found Near Bermondsey Wall

Above: Archaeologist working on the skeleton at Chamber’s Wharf. In spite of what you might think, there are still miles of riverbank and other sites near the Thames that have never been investigated by an archaeological team. It was not … Continue reading

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Fountain Green Views

Above: View from Fountain Green looking upriver to Tower Bridge. Fountain Green is a development of small housing which stands on the site of Fountain Dock, Fountain Wharf and Fountain Stairs. The dock and wharf were in existence in the … Continue reading

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Cherry Garden Pier

Above: Looking east from the shore at low tide, with Canary Wharf in the background. The subject of piers on the Thames in an interesting one. In the days when the docks were still in use – which ended by the … Continue reading

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Wilson Grove

Above: Wilson Grove showing how the houses were laid out with provision for gardens and space in the street to plant trees. Compared with the cramped dirty streets of Victorian times, the streets of Bermondsey are vastly improved – particularly … Continue reading

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Potter’s Fields

Above: Looking north towards Tower Bridge in Potter’s Fields. Potter’s Fields used to be the name of a narrow street that was the last turning running north from Tooley Street as you walked east, before arriving at Tower Bridge and … Continue reading

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Albion Dry Dock

Above: Photograph, taken in 1991 through a chain-link fence, looking south at the dry-dock flooded with rain-water. The gates on either side of the entrance (that would originally have opened into Albion Dock) can be seen. On the horizon towards … Continue reading

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