I have asked my brother to confirm the Cottage of Content was on the right hand side of townsend street going towards to the Lane from old kent road. The Good Intent was near the walworth road end of the lane, still there not sure if it has had name change?
Not quite sure how to interpret that, Rex, but if you mean it's yet another good old pub ruined by becoming 'trendy,' then it wouldn't be the first. When I lived in Essex first time around we had a pub in the village called the 'Bull Inn,' dating back to the 16th century. It had a Tudor facade and was steeped in local history. (Legend had it that there were tunnels leading from beneath the pub out on to the marshes and were used by smugglers.)It was a lovely, cozy old pub and used to do a roaring trade. It had three bars, one with an open fire and a side room bar that our football club, and other local organisations, used to hire for AGM's etc. Then, sometime in the late 1970's it changed hands and was 'modernised.' The three bars were knocked in to one and all of a sudden it was loud music, fruit machines and bright lights. I never went in there agian after that. I may be a dynosaur these days, but i wasn't back then. It just lost all its appeal. If it aint broke...Don't fix it!
Great thread and love the one legged tight story from Aunty Pat.
I shop at both - Borough mkt and East Lane. I remember being taken to the East Lane when I was a kid when staying with my Dad, he took me and my brother down there and my brother would have sasparella from a stall, was always too hot for me!
If you shop wisely in Borough mkt it doesn't have to cost a fortune, chicken and eggs from sillfield farm - cheaper than tesco's and far better, or good meat for a special occasion.
The magazine stall on Sundays in East lane is great as is the bargain of buying herbs from various shops along there and the fresh tomatoes. The Flower market bit is also good too on a a Sunday. Do wish I could still get a Fila BJ or Sergio Tacchini tracksuit top though, as you could in '84'!
In my opinion, East Street could benefit by borrowing ideas from Borough like having more "prepared foods", especially ethnic food stalls selling freshly made foods using quality ingredients. Likewise, it'd be great to see additional pound a bowl stalls at Borough.
Looking forward to going to the Bermondsey farmer's market this weekend!