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History in SE16

Southwark Park – a short history

May 26th, 2016|

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 [...]

Warships, East Indiamen and Clippers – Rotherhithe’s shipbuilding past

May 15th, 2016|

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. [...]

Thames Mudlarking and Alan Murphy

May 8th, 2016|

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. [...]

Cycle Speedway in Bermondsey – BMX in the 1940’s

February 24th, 2016|

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 [...]

Making a Difference to Bermondsey

February 19th, 2016|

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 [...]

Family History in SE16

January 24th, 2016|

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 [...]

A New Theatre for Rotherhithe – perhaps

December 8th, 2015|

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 [...]

Open Air Art

November 15th, 2015|

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 [...]

Greenland Dock – its whaling history

October 25th, 2015|

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 [...]

Rotherhithe’s Hippodrome

October 23rd, 2015|

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, [...]

Albert McKenzie VC

October 20th, 2015|

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 [...]

Planning Update

October 18th, 2015|

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 [...]