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18 06, 2015

Save The Clipper

Please help save this local pub - Tues 23 June 19:00 Do you think we need a partnership between developers and the community? Do you think we need places that give our growing community space to meet, to play and to socialise? Do you want to stand up for our heritage and the character of [...]

31 05, 2015

The Thames Path

Bermondsey and Rotherhithe sit alongside one of the greatest rivers in Europe, the River Thames. And along that river runs one of sixteen National Trails, the Thames Path. Running from the source of the Thames near Kemble in Gloucestershire (below right) to the sea at the Thames Barrier at Charlton (see above), the Thames Path [...]

17 05, 2015

10 Reasons to spend in SE16 first

Here at I Live in SE16, we are big fans of all things local – our local parks, charities, venues, churches, schools and businesses – and we think it makes sense for local people to spend time and their hard-earned money (or benefits) with independent businesses. What’s so good then about shopping local? Why all [...]

3 05, 2015

Mass Observation

In an age when the use of Big Data is becoming ever more sophisticated, we are rightly concerned about what big corporations and our big government knows about us. When the information collected is too large, changing too swiftly or too diverse, then new technologies being developed across the world come into their own. We [...]

1 04, 2015

Save the Red Derrick

Rotherhithe in the first half of the twentieth century was a centre of the timber trade. Known for it’s vast stocks of wood from across the Northern hemisphere, the timber ponds and saw mills dominated at least half of the Surrey Commercial Docks. Soft wood timber imported from Scandinavia was known as deal and the [...]

26 03, 2015

Rotherhithe 1825-1843

Bridge and dockhouse at Surrey Grand Canal entrance to Thames. 1826 George Yates. We are hugely indebted to Andie Byrnes who continues to research, describe and promote the history of Rotherhithe on her excellent site A Rotherhithe Blog. Some time ago she brought together an overview of the history of this part of [...]

22 03, 2015

The Watch House and Old Mortuary

Linda Kemp - local resident - writes about a special aspect of Rotherhithe history. During a wander through historic Rotherhithe you may have stopped a while in a lovely little café, nestled next to the St Mary Rotherhithe Free School today known as the Peter Hills School. This building was originally a Watch House, one of [...]

4 02, 2015

Rotherhithe 1800-1825

Surrey Commercial Docks 1876 Andie Byrnes has written extensively about the history of Rotherhithe. Her pieces give a marvellous insight into what has mostly now been swept away. Surrey Commercial Docks were a huge influence on the whole area and Andie's series of articles following their development provide a useful jumping off point for those [...]

21 01, 2015

Peek Frean’s Museum

The Biscuit Factory is now a thriving commercial and business complex on the junction of Drummond Road and Clements Road in Bermondsey SE16. It is formed of a variety of buildings now converted to serve modern business needs. The complex was however until 1989 a centre of a global industry of biscuit making, the main production centre of [...]

18 01, 2015

Southwark Park

Southwark Park sits between Jamaica Road, Lower Road, Hawkstone Road and Southwark Park Road. Mostly gently rolling but with a large ornamental lake at its centre, it is one of the keystones of the SE16 area. It offers visitors and residents alike a wide range of opportunities and is held in deep affection by the [...]