The Manor of Paris Gardens

I was intrigued by ‘Paris Gardens Manor’ and followed the route below, but then found another map by Patrick Sweeney, which suggests the boundary on the eastern side is along Great Suffolk Street and Holland Street to the river. And finally, after completing … Continued

Christ Church, Southwark

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Somehow Churches and Churchyards manage to retain a sense of quiet and calm, even when on a busy main road. John Marshall’s Coat of Arms over the door reminds one of the origin of the church, the third on the … Continued

Almshouses in Southwark, Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London (No.87)

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Bradshaw says ‘.. The quaint old pile opposite [The Elephant and Castle] is The Fishmongers’ Almshouses, built about 1633..’. Many wealthy people tried to help the poor, particularly the elderly, through providing housing – almshouses.

Slums in Southwark, Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London (No.85)

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Bradshaw says the Palace of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, ‘..was converted by Henry VIII into a Royal Mint, subsequently taken down and replaced by a number of mean and irregular dwellings…. Here were the cheap lodging houses of the … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, The South, St George’s Church & Kent Street (No.84)

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‘..at the corner of Great Dover Street and Blackman Street is the parochial church of St George the Martyr…’ which is believed to be the third church on the site. The first church was Norman, the second was built at the … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, Old Inns (No.83)

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Bradshaw says ‘..The old inns in the Borough, with their wide, rambling staircases, and wooden galleries round the inn-yards, are pleasant reminiscences of the ancient days of coach and wagon traffic, and must not escape observation..’.

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, The South, The Maze & two churches (No.82)

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‘Eastward [from Guy’s Hospital] is a poverty-stricken region called the Maze, and a Roman Catholic Chapel and Convent, where the ceremony of taking the veil may be occasionally witnessed..’.

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, The South, Guy’s Hospitals (no.81)

‘..Guy’s Hospital, founded by Thomas Guy, a benevolent bookseller in Lombard Street, who, by various successes in trade and speculation succeeded at last in amassing a considerably fortune..’. The hospital was built in 1721, behind St Thomas’ Hospital, and was for the … Continued

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