History

A Brief Inside Look Into Croydon Borough’s History

A Brief Inside Look Into Croydon Borough’s History

Did you know a part of Croydon’s history was behind the inspiration for a Beatles song? Croydon’s humble beginnings into a huge London borough shouldn’t be forgotten, with its rich religious history and musical influences, this blog will dive into what makes Croydon the prominent borough of London it is today!

Greenwich Meridian: A Brief History of Time and Space

Greenwich Meridian: A Brief History of Time and Space

As the clocks go back and the sun sets on one of the greatest cosmological minds in history, Stephen Hawking, it seems especially timely to explore one of South London’s greatest landmarks: the Prime Meridian at Greenwich, one of the most...

The History of Manze's Pie & Mash

The History of Manze's Pie & Mash

Predictably for a dish with such proud British lineage, there is some debate over the history of pie and mash, where it began and with whom, but it is well known that M. Manze...

A brief history of Bon Marché

A brief history of Bon Marché

Brixton was at the epicentre of the department store’s rise in Victorian Britain. BHS was born in Brixton and Marks & Spencer's had its first London branch there, a penny store in the railway arches. The history of Bon Marche is a little more glamorous...

A Brief History of the Catford Broadway Theatre

A Brief History of the Catford Broadway Theatre

With the gradual, yet steady closing-down of local cinemas and theatres that has been happening in Britain for decades, we thought it a good idea to use our platform to pay homage to one of the oldest theatres in South London that has survived this unfortunate decline in entertainment venues, and continues to showcase cutting edge theatre and events to this day....

A Brief History Of Lesnes Abbey

A Brief History Of Lesnes Abbey

Located in Abbey Wood, in the London Borough of Bexley, Lesnes Abbey might just seem like a bunch of ruins to the outsider. It also might be a little further out for most South Londoners, but it is surrounded by some beautiful parks and is definitely worth a visit. Plus, if you’ve read this in advance, you can impress everyone with your knowledge. Classed as an ancient scheduled monument, there is more to Lesnes Abbey than first meets the eye, with a colourful history that begins in 1066, when the area of Lesnes was passed to Bishop Odo. However, the Abbey itself was supposedly founded upon some pretty questionable morals…

A Brief History Of The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

A Brief History Of The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

The Crystal Palace dinosaurs have become a fast favourite for family days out in South London. Located in Crystal Palace Park, the models are fascinating for children and adults alike and as it is free to visit, the exhibition attracts the crowds. They represent fifteen genera of extinct animals from many geological ages, such as the Mesozoic era and Cenozoic era. But how and why did these models come to be? Well, we’re glad you asked. Although the story of the actual dinosaurs began millions of years ago, the story of these particular models begins over 150 years ago, six years prior to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution...

A Brief History of The Yorkshire Grey

A Brief History of The Yorkshire Grey

Many of you reading this may be wondering why we're doing a history of what is now a McDonalds and a roundabout. While we would really love to talk about the roundabout, and it may feature on a future poll to decide what is South London's best roundabout, we are going to talk about the building's past as a pub. Located between Eltham and Lee on the Eltham Road (part of the majestic South Circular), the Yorkshire Grey was, for a long period, one of the more infamous pubs in all of South East London.

Blue Plaques of Peckham

Blue Plaques of Peckham

We thought it was high time we did a list of the blue plaques of one of South London's most well-known areas - Peckham. There is no doubt that Peckham is up there with Wimbledon and Greenwich as one of the place names most synonymous with South London, and this maybe down somewhat to the success of the sitcom Only Fools and Horses, which, as most of you probably know, was set in Peckham. A lot like much of South London, Peckham has a relatively low number of blue plaques, and there are actually only 3 'official' blue plaques in the whole area. Alongside these 'official' plaques, which are part of the scheme run by English Heritage and the London County Council before them, there are also plaques voted for by the people of Southwark. Though these are also blue, they don't have quite the same status as the others, but we thought we'd include them anyway because the people and things they commemorate are still significant. We have made it clear, however, whichplaques are Southwark plaques. So, without much further ado, here is our list of the blue plaques of Peckham.

Sherlock Holmes in Lambeth Borough

Sherlock Holmes in Lambeth Borough

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character indelibly linked with London - he lived in Baker Street, and subsequently the vast majority of the crimes the character deals with are either within the centre of London, or the surrounding environs which would eventually become part of London. Many of these suburbs are now relatively central parts of South London, and we will discuss most of them in later articles, but in this one we are going to discuss Sherlock Holmes activities in a consistently central part of South London - Lambeth.