Saturday 25 March 2006 1.04pm
'Preservation plan for medieval Bermondsey'
An historic slice of dockland, including the remains of the medieval Bermondsey Abbey, is likely to be preserved by Southwark Council
. Bermondsey St, a mixture of warehouses, tanneries and food factories, still follows the exact line of a medieval track through the Thames marshes to the site of the Abbey, once second only in prestige to Westminster.
The Council is being asked to approve the area for conservation despite the fact that there are few buildings of sufficient architectural value or historical association to merit being listed as historic buildings.
The planners point out that preserving the whole area is the only way to retain the existing character.
Said Cllr Charles Halford, chairman of the Planning Committee: "Places like Bermondsey St, with their completely unexpected medieval character are largely what still makes London a fascinating city in which to wander."
From the South London Press, Friday April 7th 1972