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26 09, 2014

Norway Dock and the Timber Ponds

For many people who live and work in Rotherhithe, Surrey Quays and surrounding areas, the open water of Canada Water, Albion Channel, South Dock and most spectacular of all Greenland Dock provide a wonderful respite from the bustle of urban living. We are so privileged to live in a place with so much green space [...]

11 09, 2014

Open House 2014

London has an amazing mixture of great buildings. We have jewels such as the Tower of London and - some would argue - the Thames Barrier and less exalted but nonetheless entrancing structures such as the Dr Johnson's House and Brockwell Lido. What strikes the observer is how diverse in age, size, style and context these [...]

30 08, 2014

Sir Michael Caine CBE

One of the best known actors of his day, Michael Caine has become well known too for originating in Rotherhithe. Michael was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in 1933 in St Olave's Hospital. (The hospital was closed in 1985 and the site redeveloped as Ann Moss Way, between Lower Road and Southwark Park.) His parents were Ellen Frances [...]

24 08, 2014

Time and Talents

Time and Talents is a vibrant community centre located in the heart of Rotherhithe village. Offering a wide range of activities, clubs and facilities, it is a key hub of a network of local interests and hobbies. The organisation reaches right back to 1887 and the Old Mortuary - their current home - has a history [...]

3 08, 2014

Looking Back in Video

Grainy, shot by hand and with few of the airs and graces of modern cinematography, the films of SE16 from the last part of the twentieth century do however give a real feel for that very different world. If you are newly arrived in Canada Water or a longterm resident of Bermondsey, remembering what the [...]

28 07, 2014

SE16 in the Great War

As the country remembers the sacrifice of so many during Word War I (1914-18), here in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe we have our own history to remember. In Bermondsey the story of the Holton family is told online on The Great War London. The family - living in Marcia Road, Bermondsey - had a son Reginald George [...]

21 07, 2014

Howland Great Wet Dock

The origins of the docks that covered much of Rotherhithe lie in the ship-building and -supplying that became its principal function when England began to have a navy in the 1600s. Andie Byrnes has plotted the course of that early emergence of docks from the maritime industry in her post about the first dock in Rotherhithe: the [...]

7 07, 2014

The Background to the Dockland Heritage

The past of Rotherhithe and Bermondsey are dominated by the era of the docks which often obliterates what went before. Our resident historian of our maritime traditions - Andie Byrnes - who writes A Rotherhithe Blog - did us a service back in 2008 by beginning a series of posts about the heritage of SE16 in [...]

5 07, 2014

Salter Statues Returning

In November 2011, a bronze statue of Alfred Salter was stolen from its comfortable seat looking out over the Thames in Bermondsey. The community was angry and frustrated that the thieves had stolen such an iconic creation merely for the value of the melted metal. A group of residents came together to take on the [...]

30 06, 2014

Home Help to the World

Richard Carr-Gomm By Seven Islands Leisure Centre is a short road that leads down to the gates of Southwark Park. The road is called Gomm Road and half way down on the wall of a modest terraced house is a blue plaque to Richard Carr-Gomm, founder of Abbeyfield and the Carr-Gomm Society. Who [...]