Bradshaw says ‘..The Waterloo Road, leading to Waterloo Bridge, is a broad but ill-built thoroughfare..’.About half-way down, on the eastern side, is the Victoria Theatre, a cheap place of minor dramatic entertainment, and opened as the Coburg Theatre in 1818.’ Well, haven’t times changed – the theatre is now the very prestigious Old Vic!
‘… St John’s Church, built in 1824. Within the narrow limits of the churchyard lie several of the sons of Thespis, who have furnished in their lifetime many mirthful hours to the public.’. Designed by Bedford, the Church of St John the Evangelist was one of the four Commissioners’ Churches in Lambeth. Because of the marshy land it was built on piles The interior of the Church was mainly destroyed in WWII but it is now restored.