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Monday 29 July 2013 11.36am
I like that quote 'The Venice of drains'.
Monday 29 July 2013 1.41pm
beetroot wrote:
Don't forget to look at Dicken's life insurance policy framed on the wall in the George. It's just at the end of the bar.
There's the location of the Tabard Inn, though nothing to see there now.

Jacob's Island? You can get a good idea of how it was from St. Saviours Dock.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob's_Island

boroughonian, when was the Old Operating Theatre free? They struggle as it is!

Hmm going back a bit,90s perhaps but definitely 80s.
Monday 29 July 2013 3.31pm
As I recall there's a plaque across from the George pub where a pub was located where Chaucer's Cantebury Tales was meant to begin.

Adjacent to the Borough High Street Library is an old brick wall separating the path going along side the library from a park. This wall is leftover from the Marshalsea Debtor's Prison where Dicken's parents and much of the rest of his family were held. http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200159/history_of_southwark/1020/dickens_southwark/1

In Rotherhithe near the Mayflower Inn is where the Mayflower set sail for what is now the USA. http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2005/06/28/coast05walks_stage6.shtml

Very near by in Rotherhithe is a memorial and museum to Brunel, the tunnel building genius who built the first tunnel under any river in the world. http://www.brunel-museum.org.uk

The railroad viaduct leaving London Bridge Station is part of the first steam railroad line in the capital. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Bridge-Greenwich_Railway_Viaduct

St Mary Magdalen Church on Bermondsey Street by Long Lane was the site of Bermondsey Abbey and even the rebuilt church is pretty old http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mary_Magdalen_Bermondsey

As I posted recently in the forum, the building owned by The Stage at the top end of Bermondsey Street (45? B Street) was used by scads of 60's rock artists for practice and recording including the Stones, Small Faces, Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart and many others.
Monday 29 July 2013 4.54pm
Not Southwark, read today that Britains oldest music hall, Wiltons just over tower bridge is having a 3 day Festival of Music Hall Variety..plans are afoot for all sorts of shows. talks,debates and shows..and a short film of Dan Leno (1902) the only one in existance...including the water rats and the lady ratlings...

Over 3 days there will be ken dodd..alan titchmarsh, jools holland, june whitfield, ruth madoc..chris biggins..chris emmet and sir john major ...and several other star performers..10am to early evening..sept.20-22 20 a day or 60 for the three..all profits to go to British Music Hall society...box office..0207 702 2789...in case there are any fans of a lost world out there!
Monday 29 July 2013 6.23pm
Hidden Wonders does great 'hunts' where you follow clues around a district, visit lots of odd corners and learn about their history, and work out a mystery. 10 a head but about 3 hours of the most fun you can have. Next Southwark one is Aug 24. He also does National Gallery, Alice tour in West End, Narnia tour in Holborn.
No relation of mine! www.hiddenwonders.co.uk
Monday 29 July 2013 8.16pm
Bermondsey abbey under the bar floor of del Aziz in Bermondsey square..

the gate house hinge for the abbey in grange walk...

the fort - now sadly closed and squatted
Wednesday 31 July 2013 5.38am
These are so hidden as to be unnoticeable: The plaque commemorating the Eyelina Children's Hospital, placed at the corner of Quilip St, on what presumably was one of the hospital walls, spin round and directly behind you on what was a former corner shop and you will see a corner bracket which I suspect would have been a gas mantle and, on the wall at the edge of the gate that is the back of the Jerwood Space, a faded black cross on a white square which someone here previously noted as a symbol for water supplies(?) from the war period. Happy hunting.
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