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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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

24 02, 2016

Cycle Speedway in Bermondsey – BMX in the 1940’s

We are pleased to welcome Patricia Dark, Borough Archivist as our guest blogger today. Here she provides us with an insight into the amazing post-war role of bicycles in the entertainment of SE16. Lynton Lynx Track, looking toward Lynton Road Keep them off the streets In 2004, Peckham DJ CK Flash started a [...]

19 02, 2016

Making a Difference to Bermondsey

Review of Ada Salter: Pioneer of Ethical Socialism (2016) by Graham Taylor What are we to do with politicians these days? So many people are turned off the political world by the high-handed, petty, unprincipled and apparently distant games played by the Parties. The practical day-to-day lives of ordinary residents of Rotherhithe, Surrey Docks and [...]

24 01, 2016

Family History in SE16

Given the huge numbers of people who have lived and worked in SE16 through the centuries, there is no surprise in the interest this area has for people seeking their family history. Of course there are many valuable resources online today that makes the often fragile paper records available to millions at the click of [...]

8 12, 2015

A New Theatre for Rotherhithe – perhaps

Many people have been saddened to see the Pumphouse at Lavender Pond left empty and vandalised since the Museum closed in 2011. Now the LB Southwark have launched a search for the next phase of its life. And one local has already come up with ambitious plans to convert the former industrial building and museum [...]

15 11, 2015

Open Air Art

We are greatly blessed with loads of public art in SE16. Much of it is unknown even to old timers so we thought we'd tell you a little more about what's here to be seen on a stroll through SE16. Suzie Bedo introduces a few of the more prominent pieces in Rotherhithe and Surrey Docks. [...]