I, my two sisters and parents lived at 21Caldew Street which ran between Addington Square and Cheam Place. It ran parallel to New Church Road. I did find some photographs of Caldew Street on the internet but unfortunately they have since disappeared. We lived there from 1939 till about 1955. Like many others l used the public baths in Wells Way. As l was only able to pay for 2nd Class sometimes l had to suffer the indignanty of the attendant opening the door to tell me to hurry up. I returned to the area in around 1965 to live at the New Church Road end of Southampton Way. My neighbour, who went to the public meeting about the proposed creation of Burgess Park, told me of a well spoken man who protested that the size and shape of the proposed park was perfect for the landing of light aircraft and could assurances be given that it would not be used for that purpose. Like many others l have fond memories of the area but l do wish l could discover those photographs again.
Hi I live in Sydney Australia, so research is so difficult being so far away.
But Does anyone remember a family who lived at 67 New Church Road during the time of the 1972 census. They were the JELLEY family (Arthur, his wife Rosina and children Francis, Walter, Arthur, Rosina & Richard) Arthur Jelley died in 1955 and I don’t know if he was still living in New Church Road, but I do know that for their whole lives they never moved from the area. I would love to know if anyone has a photo of Number 67 or if anyone has any memories of the Jelley family. Other than her name I have no knowledge of my Grandmother Rosina, only that she put all the children in St Olaves workhouse and left after baby Rosina died at a few months of age. I would love to be able to research her further for my Mother but can not go further back than the name of her Father Thomas Avery
Would be good to gain a better knowledge of the area in the 1980-90s
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More updates please
On May the 10th and 11th 1941 the Elephant and Castle suffered heavy attacks in the Blitz. Around one third of the built environment was destroyed.
Would like any photos of when the Den was hit during the war in 1943 my Grandfather took part in the restoration of the ground in the months following the attack
Bob Stratton commented
Researching bombings in the area during the 1940s One of the worst nights was on February 17 1941, when there were heavy raids across London, with 34 incidents occurring in Southwark. That night, 300 people were taking shelter at the Stainer Street arch near London Bridge station. The roadway under the arches had been converted into a shelter containing a medical aid post. A pair of ten tonne steel doors closed each end of the shelter.
Need any details on the Dog & Duck pub (site of) York Place, Rotherhithe, London, SE16
First recorded in 1805 and destroyed by a German VII rocket on 31-10-1944. Said to have been a pub on the site since 1723 and the name derived from the "sport" of hunting ducks by dogs on the adjoining marshes. On 23-09-1805 the then owner, Richard Frost, was called to a nearby house after Richard Patch had murdered Isaac Blight. The pub eventually stood between South and Greenland Docks (closer to the South Dock) and actually in Surrey Commercial Dock Passage, known to the locals as Dog & Duck Passage. This was a narrow path that led from today's Gulliver Street to Plough way
Do you have any Terry family members in your tree? my Terry ancestors were barge builders from Pangbourne, Berkshire. they moved to Greenwich, where they continued in the same trade. In my tree I have a Ruth Talbot, who married John Edney in New Cross in 1987
Would like any information regarding Tooleys Wharf Chamberlain Street my Grandfather worked there during the 1940-60s
Is anyone familiar with the murder of Edith Dorland? Her body was found on a bombed site in Mint Street, Southwark on Saturday, 11th December 1948. I can only find one reference to it in The Times Index. I would like to know if the murder was solved and if so, who was the killer?
LOOKING FOR OLD FRENDS I WAS BORN 1945 AND LIVED UNTIL I WAS 5 NEW JAMES STREET PECKHAM AND WENT TO PECKHAM RYE TO LIVE FROM 11-15 AND WENT TO FRIAN ROAD SCHOOLS I MAY JOG SOMBODYS MIND BECAUSE I WAS THE ONLY DIABETIC IN THE SCHOOL AND HAD TO INJECT MYSELF TWICE A DAY. I THEN WENT TO WORK FOR KENNEDYS THE BUTCHERS. IF THERE IS ANY OLD GIRL OR BOYFRENDS OUT THERE IT WOULD BE NICE TO RELIVE THE OLD DAYS.
I believe there used to be a laundry in Peckham Grove. Does anyone remember the name. ?
Hi Does anyone remember a shoe shop in Peckham Rye called Cables which used to repair army boots ? Believed to have been bought out by Saxone in the 1950s. Thanks
Hi. My family have lived in Peckham for over 60 years, and originally lived in Sunwell Street. My father, uncle and aunts attended John Donne and later Peckham Manor and Peckham Girls respectively. My dad used to tell me how great Peckham used to be and how magical christmas was at Jones & Higgins. It'd be nice to hear from anybody who knows or remebers us
Your memories are are so good. When you Mentioned Edwoods cycles my Dad was a copper there and knew Des Edwoods and gave me a job there in the 60’s and I got all my bikes through them. The time me and brother spent outside the Nag’s Head with a bottle of coke and a pack of crisps. Those fun times.
Ian Jackson commented
I lived in Camberwell from 1944 until when I married in 1964.
There remains a small terrace of seven houses in Grove Lane called ‘Grove Lane Terrace’; they were built in the 1920s. My family has deeper roots than Grove Lane as my mother was born and lived Wells Crescent and my father lived in Vestry Road until they married.
My grandfather told me that, when he was a boy, the land that the terrace was built on had been an orchard.
Just before my fifth birthday I started school at Dog Kennel Hill in the pre-school class. One of my memories from this time is, in the summer, sleeping on small fold up beds laid out on the grass in, what was then, the front of the school, beside the hill.
At that time the trams passed by on the main road so if, or how, we slept I have no idea. J
I was baptised in St Giles as an infant. When I was old enough I was taken to St Giles’ Sunday school and then, again when I was old enough – I think 7, I became a chorister in St Giles’ Choir. The choirmaster and organist at the time was R J Crickmer who had retired as Headmaster of Brunswick Park Primary School.
In 1952 I joined the Wolf Cub Pack of the 23rd Camberwell (St Giles) Scout Group. This had started out as the 109th South London in 1914 and in May 2014 we celebrated our centenary. For the Centenary I republished a little book, the history of the first 60 years that had been written by Guvna (Henry W Pearson) as part of the 60th Anniversary. (Note copies of this book, including group pictures up to date, are on sale now: all proceeds to 23rd Group funds – please contact the writer)
In 1952 the wolf cub pack met in St Giles small hall (now C.A.C.) and the Scout Troop in the main hall – St Giles Parish Hall - both still there in Benhill Road.
Life appeared to be much safer for children in my early years; at a very young age I was sent, (or allowed) to go, to buy the bread from Muhl’s the bakers just down the road on the corner of the Grove Lane (The Lane) and Daneville Rd
Mr Muhl opened another shop on Coldharbour Lane; just down the lane from Muhl’s was the butchers; We also bought from Edwards the Butchers, in Camberwell New Rd.; they MADE their own sausages and fagots, cooked meats, processed, other associated products like braun etc on the premises.
Further down the lane and around the corner into Church Street (to the left) was first the green grocer and fruiterers, then the Police Station and then the feed shop; here we bought feed for the chickens and hay for the rabbits, dog biscuits, from sacks, and biscuits for ourselves.
Further along were the banks: Westminster and on the opposite corner with Wren Road was Lloyds Bank, where Grandad banked; in my memory next was the Joe Lyons Café.
Now you were almost in Denmark Hill with the taxi rank and phone in the middle of the road; over to your right “the Green” with the, now replaced, steel railings, which had been removed during the war.
Returning to the foot of the lane and on right hand corner (Lane and Church St.) was ‘The Co-op’; The very next shop to the Co-op in Church Street was another ‘grocers’ I think it was S W Frosts, and here they sold the same things as the co-op but the shop was larger and the arrangement was such that on the left as you entered was the dairy etc counter and on the right the dry goods counter.
I remember lugging potatoes from the shop in Church Street or the stall in D’Eyns Road opposite the oil shop . When paraffin was not delivered it had to be collected from the oil shop on the corner of Camberwell Green and D’Eyns (prn. Danes) Road (now demolished);
Up the Lane (Grove Lane) after you had crossed the railway, where Champion Park meets the lane, there was a small row of shops. A hair dressers, a green grocers, the ‘sweet shop’, Franklin’s, and the United Dairies a wall and then next up was an off licence and then across the road into Canning Cross was the William Canning Pub. Further up from there was the Post Office.
I was given my first bike at 11, bought from Edwardes (still there) in Camberwell Road (called the Walworth Road as it led into it) Later I bought alloy wheels for it from the bike stall in East Street market
This brought to mind the fact that we often went to East Street Market on Sunday; here were all kinds of stalls and shops; there was the eel and pie shop on the main drag where we bought pie, mash and peas, boiled eels, again with mash or jellied eels – wonderful for Sunday lunch; There was the stall where we bought glasses of hot sarsaparilla in winter; the pet stall – stalls selling anything that you can imagine and the market ‘auctions’ where the guys would sell from a lorry standing up high holding the item for sale shouting “am I asking £10, am I asking £5, no give me a pound and this is yours”.
W H Smiths in Denmark Hill Station. The main station building is as it was but now a pub with a much smaller modern attachment with ticket machine behind.
HI there I am trying to trace Mr & Mrs Hughesdon, who lived at 36 Basingstoke House Peckham SE15 in 1952 I would really like to contact them . If anyone can help, please let me know.
I grew up in Cator Street Peckham. I lived there with my mum, dad and brother until I was eight. I’m looking for my friend Linda Sycamore. We went to school every morning together. My surname was White then. I would love to catch up with her. She lived in the same road a few doors down on the opposite side to me. She had a sister.