BERMONDSEY WALL EAST

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Re: BERMONDSEY WALL EAST

Postby kiwi » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:16 am

Powell’s Wharf. This wharf was on both sides of the road and was where Caledonian Wharfage handled sugar and confectionary. Two granaries were on the site – one built by Young and Raymond and the other by Begbie and Young, contractors. It was a four storey brick warehouse using hydraulic equipment.
Bermondsey Wall East, from right to left, Powells Wharf, Fountain Stair Wharf, 1974. Wilson Grove left.  X.png
Bermondsey Wall East, from right to left, Powells Wharf, Fountain Stair Wharf, Bennett's Lower Wharf. 1974. Wilson Grove left.
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Bermondsey Wall East, c2017, Wilson Grove left, same location.
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Powells Wharf, 1974

Bermondsey Wall East, Powell's Wharf and Farrand's Wharf.   X.png
Bermondsey Wall East, Powell's Wharf and Farrand's Wharf.
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Sean.Byrne
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Re: BERMONDSEY WALL EAST

Postby Sean.Byrne » Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:47 pm

I found a blog with a wealth of historical information about The Angel (Kiwi has posted some pics already)………..

The Angel has a history going back to at least the 17th Century. At the very end of Bermondsey Wall East, it used to be flanked by a variety of buildings, all crowded together to make the most of the valuable Thames frontage. A few years ago it was run down under Courage brewery, but a couple of years ago it was rescued by Samuel Smith and received a major renovation and face lift. It now looks elegant, inviting and well cared for.

Grade II listed (470587), it dates to around 1830 and may incorporate parts of an early seventeenth century building. In the 15th century an inn and rest house for travellers called The Salutation was kept at or near this site by monks from Bermondsey Priory. In 1682 The Angel was in a position diagonally opposite its present site, and was referred to by the famous diarist Samuel Pepys as "the famous Angel." The former Redriffe stairs used to be located immediately to its west. In the 19th century The Angel was in the middle of a very busy stretch of tightly packed Thames businesses and, it has to be admitted, slums. There's an early 20th Century photograph showing the pub,with a large Courage brewery sign (today it is owned by Samuel Smith), flanked by a variety of small buildings and wharves, including, immediately on the other side of the stairs a company called "Platform Engineering."

Local legend has it that Judge George Jeffreys (the "hanging judge") used to come here to watch men die at Execution Dock, which was opposite, and that Captain Cook prepared for his journey for Australia here. During most of the 17th and 18th Centuries its busy riverside would have ensured a rich but not always salubrious variety of clientele, from river pirates, smugglers and thieves to sailors and press gangs. In the early 20th Century its reputation and location attracted local artists including Augustus John and James Abbott McNeil Whistler. In the 1940s and 50s it became a popular destination for celebrities. Today its customers are local residents, tourists and people walking the Thames Path.

When you think how much a pub of this age could tell you if only it could speak, it's remarkable how little one can actually dredge up to bring its past to life. I would love to have been a fly on the wall when the pub was at the hub of a vibrant, if occasionally lawless, riverside community. Today it is a Samuel Smith's pub. Its address is 101 Bermondsey Wall East.
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1930

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early 20th Century photograph











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Prior to renovation

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Re: BERMONDSEY WALL EAST

Postby kiwi » Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:32 am

Kathy Donovan was born in St Olave’s Hospital, Rotherhithe in 1932, the eldest of five sisters and two brothers. Her parents, Bridget and Jim, had just moved into a one-bedroom flat on the brand new Millpond Estate, Bermondsey.
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Millpond Estate Coronation Day 1953. Bermondsey Wall East. The Donovans are in the photo.

For more of Kathy’s story go to.
https://www.southwarknews.co.uk/history ... ng-babies/
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Re: BERMONDSEY WALL EAST

Postby kiwi » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:06 pm

Cherry Garden Pier, Rotherhithe 1984.  x.png
Cherry Garden Pier, Rotherhithe 1984.
Cherry Garden Pier Rotherhithe 1949, looking towards Tower Bridge.   X.png
Cherry Garden Pier Rotherhithe 1949, looking towards Tower Bridge.


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