Matilde wrote:Merlin Rouge wrote:Don't forget the old sorting office on Union St. Posties busting their asses at all sorts of odd and often horrible hours of the day! Now Sainsbury HQ or was. Not been there for a while.
Thanks Merlin, interesting. I was wondering what in your opinion makes the Post-Office a place to bring to attention rather than other factories in the area? Do you know any action (or similar) that took place there, important for the local history/memory?
Matilde wrote:Clive S wrote:Imagine you've considered Mary Wollstonecroft (Dolben St) and been to Info Shop http://www.56a.org.uk/ they'd supply maps like: http://www.alphabetthreat.co.uk/pasttense/page6.html
But maybe you could also include legendary labour figure Jack Dash.
Thanks Clive for your precious help.
Mary Wollstonecroft needs definetely a road marking.
I've also been to the Info Shop, and I must say that the original map is really, really nice, and the bookshop as well. I will contact the authors.
Regarding Jack Dash, I was wondering if you know any direct place or action (a strike?) organized in the area of Union Street.
Merlin Rouge wrote:Probably because it wasn't a factory and so the memory of it slips away all the more easier. But it was a big employer in the area and thus contains all the good and bad stories that go with it. Heritage history often focuses on industrial labour but forgets the big employers like the Post and the Trains.
Clive S wrote:Hi Matilde
No, I don't have a specific spot to say Jack Dash was here, but this link http://libcom.org/history/nine-days-may-1926-general-strike-southwark covers the 1926 General Strike in the area and Jack. He was a teenager but witnessed scenes at both ends of Union Street that affected him hugely. It's a longish, but fascinating read nevertheless!
Great project, looking forward to seeing your stencils, be happy to help out, Clive
420 inch boner wrote:dang, I was going to go to the local history library & do a thing for this as I lived on Union Street up until recently & still live in SE1. Also it would have combined my love of local history & art but then the Football happend and tbf I love that even more and I so forgot. Anyway, the local history library for Southwark & Bermondsey etc may be useful for the thing that your doing, idk for sure.
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