I remember the Cunninghams, I remember Noel wasn't he the youngest I'm sure his older brother was called Dessie, I remember their dad Tommy I may have the names mixed up, in particular I remember their dad especially on a Sunday coming from mass in his suit and heading in to the John Gerrad club or The Rose & crown, alot of the church goers would head off to The Lord Clyde suited and bootd and the wifes would head home to cook the sunday dinner we would all head off to the rec and play football.
I am new to the forum and stumbled across the posts in this thread which were obviously made in 2010, so unaware whether you or anyone else here will pick this up. I lived in Mowbray buildings Hugh from 1957 - 1967 and am wondering whether we knew one another.
I recall the sweet/newspaper shop in Redcross Way known as Jim's. I also recall there being some kind of deli there which sold Italian produce, but I cant recall the name.
My memory of Mence Smith is the smell of paraffin. I too recall it being a hardware store which also sold fireworks around November 5th. My brother and I used to do 'penny for the guy' outside the Borough station and then go along to Mence Smith and without a parent. Wouldn't be permitted these days lol.
Hello Hugh & Jan,
I think the Glass factory that Jan was thinking about is may be this one. It was still there around1962/3 but cannot say for sure after that.
Faulkner, Green & Co. Ltd. (Estd. 1933). 99/100 Redcross Way, London, S.E.1.; Mint House, Disney Street, London, S.E.1.;10/16 Cole Street, London, S.E.1.Stockists of plate, sheet and safety glass, Manufacturers and processors of constructional glass products, Stained glass, Leaded lights, Patent glazing
Hello Teresa S, The newspaper shop on the corner of Redcross Way, was Jim Wurthy (we used to call it Jim's or Wurthy like you did). May have the spelling wrong, could be Worthy. He was not very tall and had a back problem, a a slight hump on his back. Often wore a knitted v neck pullover (grey, of course!!). His shop was facing Douglas Buildings on Marshalsea Road.There were always one or two ladies in the shop, probably related. Behind the shop on Redcross Way, were a few shops. Maybe a small kind of dairy and possibly a bakers. Not sure if I am confusing this with Letherdales the bakers in Harper Road. A small greengrocers, may have been Fanny Price, she had shops in Swan Street and Harper Road, but really not sure. Perhaps this will jog someones memory?
My family lived in St George's Building from 1955 until 1967.
I thought the links below may be of interest to you.
The first 2 links are photo's of St George's & Mowbray Buildings just before they were demolished. Some of the photo's in Mowbray look to be of Stanhope Building (from how I remember them anyway).
Oh that's brilliant! Thanks! Helps fill in the gaps on my understanding of the area. I could never figure out where the Stanhope flats where. That image from Redcross Gardens gives a real perspective of how the area has changed.
I was reading up on how the Mint Street area would have been in Dickens day... grim doesn't do it justice! Children observed being naked as what little clothes they had being sold for food, paints a very different picture to how it looks today.
photo No: ( you will need to count as you scroll down.)
16. St George's Buildings
17. St George's Buildings
27. On the roof of St George's Buildings (I recognise the children, who were our neighbours.
29. Although the photo is titled 'Street scene, Lambeth 1970', it is in fact Marshalsea Rd, the road on the left led down to the Evelina Hospital, which is now an entrance to Mint St Park. Southwark Bridge Rd is in the background which is still recognisable today.
33. Same children as in No 27