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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 [...]