London Local History - this lists street by street items of historical interest - public, industrial buildings & some environmental features in London and its immediate surroundings. Streets are given in OS grid squares - but numbering is not included (sorry!). Older squares give links to adjacent squares - but many are unfinished. Enter search words above right
Drinking fountain at Harland Road
junction. Horse trough and basin, inscription about ‘A drop of cold water in
Fire hydrant iron pavement cover. Made by Stantonwith Thames Water logo
Burnt Ash Hill
test centre 4 very early centre;
Rev Charles Prest. President of
Methodist Conference Home
South Lee Tabernacle
117 Crown large Young’s pub
Horn Park Farmhouse site on the
junction with Alnwick Road
Horn Park Estate.
on former EItham Palace parkland from 1936. Many houses have 'mock Tudor'
gables. Estate built partly to
rehouse hutment tenants
Part of old palace estate made into a
farm. Farm once owned by Woods of Crockenhill
Private development from the 1930s
Colfe’s School. There since 1964.Founded by Rev. Abraham Colfe in 1652 in
Lewisham with the Leathersellers' Company.Independent from 1977.
The 12th manor is a
bulge in the Eltham Palace boundary so ‘Horn’ may refer to this shape. Called
‘West Horne’ and consisted of 345 acres enclosed in the 15th. In
1481 there was a park keeper with a moated lodge, dairy, barn, stable and
orchard.By the 17th it was
no longer a park but a farm.In 1860
bought by Thomas Blenkiron for grazing racehorses.Orchards planted in the 19thbut the lease ran out in 1930 and
development followed.Woolwich Council
built on the site of the orchards but was halted because of the Second World
War – some prefabs remained there a long time.
Area of park trees all felled for the
Navy.Once a fruit farm.
Old pond railed off as a nature
There is a small shopping centre
and from here a lane leads to footbridge (the only structure pre-dating the
estate) across the railway line, which ruins in a cutting through the estate.
River Lea/Bow Creek The Lea winds itself generally southwards towards the Thames TQ 39505 81448 Canning Town on the Essex bank of Lea/Bow Creek. This was, and is, a heavily industrialised area together with a very down market housing area with markets, shops, cinemas, pubs and many charitable and missionary organisations. In the 2000s public transport has been transformed and much housing renewed, and it is an area in a great deal of change. Post to the west Poplar Post to the south Leamouth and Dome Post to the east Canning Town, Butchers Road Post to the north West Ham Station Appleby Road The road is named after a local ARP warden who was killed during the Blitz. A pre-war suburban ideal is demonstrated in this West Ham estate. Barking Road It was built by the Commercial Road Turnpike Trust from the East India Docks eastwards. Now the A124 it formed part of the original A13 before the building so the East Ham and Barking Bypass in 1928. It was widened as part o
Post to the west (north west quarter) Mile End Post to the west (north east quarter) Post to the east Bromley by Bow Post to the north Old Ford Addington Road Addington Arms . Pub dating from the 1860s. It does not appear to be still there. Police stables . From 1938 twenty horses were located here. These stables were built in moderne style white concrete by police surveyor Gilbert Mackenzie Trench. There is a stable at the back as well as tack rooms and a chimney for the forge – there was a full time farrier. Above are two flats for married police officers. The white concrete wall is original. Alfred Street 1-5 Inland Revenue Office . Sold off 1981. Has been used as a college an as offices Almshouses Way, This was once called Priscilla Street. 1 Drapers' Almshouses . These were built in 1706. What remains is a brick group of four tenements with central raised and pedimented chapel. They were restored in 1982 but were originally part of a larger group funded by
Post to the south Woodside Post to the east Birkbeck Post to the north Anerley Albert Road This road is the earliest built here, first listed in 1855, and although the Croydon Canal was no longer in use it influenced the alignment of the road. From the junction with Portland Road looking the curve of the road reflects the line of the old canal which was to the north of the houses. It is named after Albert, the Prince Consort. 74-76 Stanleybury . Very large three-storey semis. Built for William Stanley, who moved to 74 in 1867. William Stanley’s works in South Norwood was complimented by his local philanthropy. His site is now a close of modern flats. Accidentally demolished. 67 small trading estate and MOT centre . At one time this was home to a theatre transport specialist. St.Mark . This was the first church in the area and is the parish church by G. H. Lewis. The nave was built in 1852 and the church was extended in 1862 and in successive years until 1890. It is in Kentis