I am doing some family research and I have found out that my great great grandmother was a servant at 104 Waterloo road around 1914 and had my great grandfather in the waterloo road area.
I am just interested about what 104 waterloo road is now and any history that anyone has of the area for interest. Also does anyone know where the records such as the electoral role for waterloo road are kept now?
As Waterloo Road is on the borders of SOuthwark and lambeth I recommend that you contact Southwark Local History Library - which is currently at Peckham Library (second floor) whilst the John Harvard Library is refurbished.
Most of the resources currently on open access in the library will be available at Peckham library e.g. books, pamphlets, cuttings, illustrations, maps, directories, electoral registers, microfilm/fiche, publications for sale. Archives and reserve stock items will be unavailable for the whole of the relocation period. Their email is [email protected] and the telephone is 020 7403 3782.
They are fantastic.
Not so wonderful if you happen to live abroad. I couldn't even get a reply from them nor any Historical Society in the area or come to that any function or lecture event organisers on local history.
We ex-pats must trawl other sources on the internet to gather information or rely on Se1 contacts to give us information or pointers.
The only replies I've received have been from the excellent Peabody Trust archivists who couldn't have been more helpful.
Most recent example of complete indifference to those of us abroad is my enquiry to St John's Church in Waterloo Road asking what happened to the old granite fountain in the old burial ground gardens or if they could suggest whom I should contact to find out.
If you want a feel for the Waterloo Road in the late 1920s/early 1930s, look at chapter XXIV of Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London where he describes the neighbourhood and a Waterloo Road 'doss-house'. Although Orwell hid the names of most of the places he went to, he didn't feel the need to do so here.
On reading that, maybe the Travelodge and budget Hilton are an improvement.
Thanks for all you relpies, some very usefull information.
Think i will try and contact the libaries that were mentioned and see if i have any luck there as i have seem to come to a brickwall in my family tree at this point! Hopefully some other records might give me a few more clues! :)
That book also seems like a good read to get a feel of how waterloo road was.