Thursday 5 August 2004 3.11pm
May we ask why you want to know?
A century ago there was still residential use on most of the site - middle class houses on Blackfriars Road
, and "the lowest class of prostitues and thieves" in side alleys such as Kings Arms Court.
Charles Booth poverty map for the area
Charles Booth notebook for the area
There were two buildings on the site - Stamford House on the west side built c.1913 for Sainsbury's warehouses, extended in the 1920s with loading bays and subsequently converted to office use. Drury House was built in the early 1960s, occupied by part of Unilever for a time, and more recently occupied by Sainsbury's
I think Drury House was constructed set back on a diagonal from the former road line of Stamford Street
as part of plans for a roundabout. Obviously it was never built (would have involved massive reconstruction of the railway viaduct?) and so there was just the filter lane and the flower beds.
IIRC the new Fosters scheme will reinstate the Stamford Street
road line with a compensating new bit of open space to the north west - don't know what if any public access there will be.