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London and Greenwich Railway. Bermondsey

The Greenwich Railway runs south eastwards from London Bridge Station TQ 34243 79751 Inner urban area of riverside and central Bermondsey.  Along the riverside are the remains of wharves - many of which dealt with grain of various sorts into the 1980s. Many have been converted into flats; others demolished.  There is some open space.  In the south west of this square the earliest railway in London and the first suburban railway in the world - the London and Greenwich - runs, along with other lines going in to London Bridge. Away from the river the area was intensely industrialised with factories of all sorts in streets along with housing which dated mainly either from the 19th or 20th council estates.  Of particular note in this area was the vast Peek Frean biscuit factory - now largely a location for small businesses. There were also glue works, preserves, baking chemicals and much else - with some works associated with the Bermondsey Leather industry.  There are also the usual in

Great Eastern Railway Line from Liverpool Street to Chingford. Chingford

Great Eastern Railway from Liverpool Street to Chingford The line running northwards from Highams Park Station turns north eastwards Suburban area on hillsides above the Lea, with woodlands with monuments and old defence sites.  Around Chingford Green and its surroundings are old municipal buildings, pubs and churches, Post to the south Pimp's Hall Post to the east Chingford Post to the north Stewardstonebury Post to the west Low Hall Arabia Close Called after Lawrence of Arabia, who lived for a while at Pole Hill Balgonie Road Balgonie was the name of nurseries which were once on this site. Balgonie itself is a town in Fife. Blandford Crescent The northern and western loop of the road has on the north side an iron retaining wall – which is presumably to keep Hawkwood from slipping onto the houses. The Cottage . The road is on the site of this house. It was built in the early 1930s. There was a summer house at the top of the garden next to the cottage which remains

Great Eastern Railway Line from Liverpool Street to Chingford. Pimps Hall.

Great Eastern Railway Line from Liverpool Street to Chingford The railway line continues northwards, veering north east Post to the south Chingford Hatch Post to the east Friday Hill Post to the north Chingford Four Wents This was a green at the point where four roads met – a state which changed when the railway was built in 1873. Two of these were – as now – Whitehall Road and Friday Hill. They were joined by Pimp Hall Lane, now a track going to the recycling centre but then the road from Hale End, and Kings Road, although on earlier maps this passes to the north of the green, whereas now it is to the south. Goldsborough Crescent A house called Goldsborough stood here in the 17th associated with a John Goldsborough Gunners Grove The road is built on a wood with this name Kings Road This was known as Bull Lane until 1901 when the name was changed probably for the coronation of Edward VII Kings Road Recycling Centre TS Acorn Sea Cadets Larkshall Road The road has had a