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Tuesday 27 July 2004 11.51am
Anyone know anything about the history of Harper Road? I used to live there (on the Rockingham) and was always intregued by two things. What happened to Dickens Square? Where did the houses go? And what is the twisted metal structure in the park there? Is it art?,+SE1,+LONDON&db=GB&local=&type=&start=&limit=&overviewmap=&scale=5000&lang=

"I knew I was cured"
Tuesday 27 July 2004 12.08pm
I can tell you one thing. That twisty metal thing definitely isn't art.

...if you press it, they will come.
Tuesday 27 July 2004 12.12pm
Oh yes it is!
Tuesday 27 July 2004 12.13pm
Behind you!

...if you press it, they will come.
Tuesday 27 July 2004 12.32pm
what is it then?

btw, Someone just told me that Robert Elms was discussing the Jam Factory a few minutes ago on his show. There was a lot of talk of the old smells of the area disappearing. Sound familiar?
Tuesday 27 July 2004 1.05pm
Most of the building history of the area (including some plans and old photos of the pre-war buildings) is set out in the Survey of London Volume 25
Southwark: St George's Fields (published 1955)

There should be a copy in Southwark Local Studies Library.
Tuesday 27 July 2004 1.32pm
From the London County Council photo collection (now held at the London Metropolitan Archive) available on the ambitiously named European Visual Archive

EVA1004608/SC/PHL/020734B104928.68 BID
title: Bideford Court
description: View prior to slum clearance to make way for the Rockingham Estate
photographer: Greater London Council [call themseleves archivists - LR?!]
date: 1935
in collection: London Metropolitan Archives (lma)
geography: Southwark Metb; Bideford Court

Edited 2 times. Last edit at 27 July 2004 1.33pm by Lang Rabbie.
Tuesday 27 July 2004 2.27pm
fabulous! Thanks for puting that up Rabbie. I recently received a copy of an old map of my area from Southwark's right to buy department. I'm not sure of it's relevance yet but it shows my estate and the surrounding area including The Jam Factory, The Troc-ette Cinema (now trocette mansions) a sheet metal factory, a fur factory and iron foundry and several properties marked "ruin". It's fascinating. I'm going to try and work out which of the shops on TBR was a ruin tonight.
Tuesday 27 July 2004 2.40pm
where I work we have access to a website, who have scanned in all the OS historic maps going back to the First Series, between 1850 ish and 1900, and then all up to about 1940's.

It's really fascinating what you find!
Tuesday 27 July 2004 3.58pm
Thanks again Rabbie. I've had a fascinating afternoon trawling for pictures of old London. So much more rewarding than "working for the man".
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