Waterloo Station to London Bridge, Bradshaw’s HandBook, no.105

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I last lingered at Waterloo Station, noticing that it is raised above road level. ‘..Indeed,’ says Mr Bradshaw, ‘it hardly needs the occasional incursions of the river to remind the water-side inhabitants that this now dense and widely-spreading region was once … Continued

The Royal Doulton Factory in Lambeth

The Royal Doulton Factory building in Lambeth is startling. Now known as Southbank House the building dates from 1876-78, designed by Robert Stark Wilkinson.  The tympanum depicts a seated Henry Doulton showing off his wares to potential buyers, with his two leading artists … Continued

Lambeth Palace, Bradshaw’s Hand Book, no.102

‘From Bethlehem Hospital the road leads direct through Church Street to old Lambeth Church and Palace. To the left are some narrow streets, now traversed by the viaduct of the South Western Railway, and worth looking at as vestiges of the old … Continued

Great St Barts

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I spent a brief hour in this amazing, atmospheric, ancient building – the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, founded in 1123 and probably London’s oldest church, described as ‘..the most important C12 monument in London…’ by Pevsner.

Two churches in Kennington

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While I was in Kennington Park area I also visited two churches close to the Park. St Mark’s Church was built on Kennington Park Road in 1824, one of four churches built to celebrate Wellington’s victory at Waterloo. The church was … Continued

Kennington Common, Bradshaw’s Hand Book (No.101)

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Bradshaw says ‘..The Kennington Road, leading to Kennington Common and the southern suburbs, is a spacious well-inhabited thoroughfare, with some neat squares and terraces adjoining.’ We have visited some of the squares and terraces and today, a dull day in London, … Continued

Southwark Park

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Southwark Park opened in 1869, designed by Alexander MacKenzie and covering 63 acres. Previous to this the land was in the Manor of Rotherhithe, owned by the Lord of the Manor, Sir William Gomm, and used for farming. I visited on … Continued

The Waterlink Way

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The Waterlink Way is an 8 mile (12 km) path between Sydenham and the Thames, and it can be walked or cycled. (Large scale map.) A walk along the Ravensbourne River is also the Waterlink Way until the middle of the River Pool Linear Park where the River Pool meets the … Continued

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