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25 10, 2015

Greenland Dock – its whaling history

Many people who live in SE16 know the area has been dominated by the Surrey Docks since about 1750. Rotherhithe became the centre of trade with the Baltic and so much of the timber that built the industrial supremacy of the UK was imported though this area. Whilst Rotherhithe was mostly under water, Bermondsey supplied [...]

23 10, 2015

Rotherhithe’s Hippodrome

We are pleased to welcome Mike Reardon – one of the contributors who keep this website going - as our guest writer today. Hi I’m Mike Reardon and I was not only brought up here, and have lived here all my life but I also have a real interest in Rotherhithe’s history. In the 1980s, [...]

20 10, 2015

Albert McKenzie VC

London is full of statues to long forgotten generals and field-marshals. It's not very often that an ordinary lad from a poor background gets to be memorialized in our streets. And even more unusual is that this particular World War I hero came from Bermondsey and his memorial sculpture has just been made in Rotherhithe! [...]

18 10, 2015

Planning Update

SE16 is faced with an extraordinary number of development sites at present. Each one has it’s own group of interested parties but the overview is sometimes hard to maintain. Here we have brought together a selection of the major developments in SE16 to help you keep up-to-date with them. We have also listed at the [...]

15 10, 2015

Staying Safe in SE16

Many people recognise the difference between crime and the fear of crime. Often the two seem to vary with little direct relationship whilst particular incidents that may be once-in-a-lifetime events can have a catastrophic effect on the fear of crime. The focus of the next Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Community Council - the local authority's principal [...]

13 10, 2015

A Concert Hall for SE16

The problem for Robert Hulse - Director of the Brunel Museum - was that everyone who came to the Engine House wanted to see the tunnel itself. Buried some hundred feet below the museum the Thames Tunnel (not remember the Rotherhithe Tunnel which carries cars in a twentieth century construction) now carries the London Overground [...]

11 10, 2015

Artouride – Art and Design on the move

Buy a shipping container, fill it with ten Brompton folding bikes and set up your business in an active boatyard - and do it all on Boxing Day 2011! "Not a bad way to make a start in your own business," says Jack Blake. She has been guiding bike tours from her SE16 base ever [...]

8 10, 2015

Sail Yourself Fit

Once again Polina Liu - local and a personal trainer - introduces ways to stay fit and healthy round here - this time on the water! Not many postcodes in London are positioned as well as we are, right by the Thames and in walking distance to the historical centre of London. People come from all over [...]

6 10, 2015

Winsome Duncan and MPloyMe

Winsome Duncan is an inspiring figure. Pulling on her boots and chatting at the same time, she puts me at ease whilst her colleague Jane helps with a coffee for us both. Winsome - who is known as the Credit Crunch Queen - has spoken and written about how to tackle the human and financial [...]

4 10, 2015

Drummond Road Developments

Many people remember the old Biscuit Factory as the headquarters of Peek Frean's, an institution in Bermondsey life until 1989 (You can read more about their history here). More recently the Biscuit Factory  has become a hive of business life in the area, housing Workspace's buildings with light industrial, studios, workshops and offices for over [...]