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Thursday 12 May 2005 1.40am
What I would like to have is a photograph of #12 Penton Place, Walworth - the home of a 3Xgreat Uncle in 1848.
I did an interesting walk around the area in June last year but the photos that I took then did not turn out at all.
My faint hope is that someone might live near there and be able to send me a digital photo or similar.
Thursday 12 May 2005 9.10am
Margaret, try the John Harvard Library at the Borough, they had photos of where my mum was born. I dont know if they routinely photographed places about to be demolished for clearance etc.,

are you in London?
Friday 13 May 2005 1.01am
Dear Jan,
Many thanks for your response. No, I am not in London - I am in Perth, Western Australia - so visiting the Borough library will be difficult. Do you have an address for it that I can write to?
Friday 13 May 2005 6.44am
Margaret the address of John Harvard Library:

211 Borough High Street


S.E.1 1JA

is number 12 still standing? I dont have a digital camera, but in a few weeks will be down that way and could take an ordinary common old photo if that would help?

Friday 13 May 2005 8.52am
It's the Local History Library (just behind the main John Harvard Library) that you want:

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Saturday 14 May 2005 2.25am
Dear Jan,
Thanks for the address I will write to them immediately.

Yes, #12 Penton Place is still standing - one in a row of terracehouses -and an ordinary old photo would be wonderful!

(#9 where they lived earlier has been replaced, probably in the 1950s. My tour guide said that it was probably bombed in the war!)
Saturday 14 May 2005 2.50am
Thanks James,
I have emailed them. Will let you know how it goes.
Sunday 15 May 2005 12.34pm

This is 12 Penton Place today, which is part of the Alberta Estate, and probably replaced due to bomb damage.

Not sure this is what you want, as it is not old enough. The alternative option is on the other side of the road and is walk-up flats. Photo is here:
This is 12 Pullens Buildings, Penton Place. 9 and 12 are in the same block.

Higher numbers (from 60ish upwards) in Penton Place are still standing, and are Victorian bay fronted houses.



Edited 2 times. Last edit at 15 May 2005 12.41pm by loafer.
Monday 16 May 2005 6.36am
Dear Loafer,
Thankyou for those photos - I think the Pullens buildings are probably what I am after. Do you think that they are as old as 1840s?
You call them walk up flats. Would they have been two bedrooms, family room and kitchen do you think - or smaller than that?
GGGUncle was compositor/ printer. Would he have worked from there or had premises elswhere?
Monday 16 May 2005 7.45am

They are turn of the century - see here

Interestingly says that part of Penton Place was built over part of the old Surrey Gardens Music Hall in 1873, but this site: shows that Penton Place did exist in part beforehand as there was an entrance to the hall when it existed.

It is hard to imagine such a magnificent building there now...!

This map:
shows the buildings on the opposite side of the road, which is probably what you are looking for.



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