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5 06, 2016

St Saviour’s Abbey, Bermondsey – the origins of SE16

Today we explore the origins of Bermondsey in the settlement around Bermondsey Abbey, the origin of much of the shape and form of SE16 as well as giving names to key locations. The beginning of history If we stretch our imagination back to a time before SE16 even existed, before indeed Rotherhithe or Bermondsey existed, [...]

2 06, 2016

3D Burn – Olly and Grace

"We focus on the three dimensions of fitness," says Olly. Local resident and personal trainer, Oliver Evans (Olly) and his partner Grace Upshall have teamed up to form 3D Burn, a unique local fitness outfit. "If you work on your strength through circuit training, your flexibility and core through stretching and your cardio through interval [...]

31 05, 2016

The Lion’s History – Roaring from the Den

Today we welcome Dr Patricia Dark the Borough Archivist as our guest blogger on the road to SE16 taken by Millwall Football Club. Keith 'Rhino' Stevens famous player and manager I may as well come clean before I begin: I’m a Yank. And I’m not very big into sports – the only pro sport [...]

28 05, 2016

Roger Madelin – Head of Canada Water

Roger Madelin Roger Madelin is a man with experience in development. Few can match his career achievements in the development of large mixed-use schemes first as a part of Argent from 1987 - including a stint as CEO for 15 years - and then more recently as the lead for Argent’s scheme for [...]

26 05, 2016

Southwark Park – a short history

Today's article is written by Pat Kingwell, Secretary of the Friends of Southwark Park and a local historian How lucky we are to have Southwark Park! It is one of London’s oldest parks - first opened to the public in June 1869 – yet it still has huge relevance to our modern lives. It is [...]

22 05, 2016

TunedIn London – new series

West African Blues Project - 27 July The success of TunedIn London has been phenomenal in creating Rotherhithe's most talked about music scene! Eleanor Thorn who runs TunedIn London has been designing series of World Music concerts in Rotherhithe for over four years and at Sands Films for eighteen months. In that time she [...]

19 05, 2016

Auction against Hunger – 26 May

Canada Water is currently enjoying Hawker House – an amazing weekly festival of street food – held on Fridays and Saturdays just a short walk from Canada Water station on Surrey Quays Road. Next week, they are holding their fourth Auction Against Hunger on Thursday 26 May, a collaboration between humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger [...]

15 05, 2016

Warships, East Indiamen and Clippers – Rotherhithe’s shipbuilding past

Today's guest author is Andie Byrnes local resident and historian who regularly writes about Rotherhithe's history on her site A Rotherhithe Blog. Here she takes us on a shipbuilding tour of ship-building and breaking in SE16. It is perhaps surprising that today’s gentle residential reaches of the Thames around Rotherhithe were a vibrant scene of industrial [...]

12 05, 2016

Parks, PTs and the Public

Today we welcome back Polina Liu as our guest writer. She has been investigating the recent controversy over Southwark introducing licence fees for personal trainers to train people outdoors. Here’s her story. Health, fitness and wellbeing is a trend that is here to stay. People all over the planet are seeing the results of reduced [...]

8 05, 2016

Thames Mudlarking and Alan Murphy

The mudlark was born amongst the filth and chaos of Victorian London. These poor degraded creatures were scavengers, wading through the foul-smelling mud to collect anything they could sell, such as rags, coal and rope. Most mudlarks were children and old people - society's most vulnerable - these days, however, mudlarking is a term used [...]