Some time ago some of you kindly directed me to photos of Penton Place, Lambeth. Now I am hoping that you can do the same for the old buildings Nelson Square in Southwark - the ones that were under threat in 2000.
Margaret in Oz.
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Thankyou for those links - I found them all very interesting. However, that building is too late for my purposes. I think that the buildings that I want must have all gone before 1887 when that one was built.. An old 1871 map shows a wide square with a garden in the middle and set-back terrace houses with small gardens. The square also appears in a map of 1843, also with a garden in the middle.
Margaret in Oz
image id: EVA1009599/SC/PHL/01037281/1338392.0 NELB9748
title: Nelson Square, Blackfriars
description: Three and four storey Georgian houses on north side of square: front elevations with people standing on balconies
photographer: Greater London Council
in collection: London Metropolitan Archives (lma)
Margaret, I think you are getting confused by the entry on the Christchurch site.
The houses are much older than 1887. They were built as residences for wealthy city people after the opening of Blackfriars Bridge, but the growth of industry on the south bank and easy rail commuting to leafier suburbs meant that the social status of the area around Nelson Square had plummeted by the time that the Womens University Settlement took them over.
See the Poverty surveyor Charles Booth's note of the square's status in1899 here and his (by modern standards breathtakingly sexist) record of his interview with the ladies of the settlement here
They are now the only remaining houses around the square, which was redeveloped after bomb damage with 8-10 storey blocks of flats.
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I only just opened the links to documents that you offered - and what a fascinating insight to the past they proved to be. Thankyou. By the time they were written however, my family were already in the Swan River Colony - having arrived in 1843. It is interesting though that, among our family memorabilia, we have a large door key which has always been SAID to fit a door in Trafalgar Square (where Nelson's Column is). It now seems certain that time has confused the old story and it is after all, a house in Nelson Square that it would have fitted. I am truly delighted with the photo.
I believe that you have a childrens' playground, roses and a vegetable garden in your park now - and you all volunteeer to maintain it. Is that so? Sounds like a wonderful community.
Margaret in Oz