I remember it well Trish, your right it was smashing at the brick before the equivalent of the berlin wall went up...and the true rat runs were established. I remember them digging up the graveyard that was on the grounds of where the small mayflower gardens are now i think. All the canvas screens that stopped people seeing the bones being strewn, and i seem to recall a sweet odour pervading the air it took ages..
Oh Trish, the trocette, the globe ( or fleapit!) the old kent picture houses, Toni the hairdressers where i had my first perm, Joyces fantastic pie shop, old my joyce had a gammy leg and would give children orange juice free..the pawn shop/haberdasher shop where everything was kept in brown cardboard boxes and you were served by an elderly man in a brown overall!
oh crikey here i go again waffling! sorry everyone..
The Bricklayers goods marshalling yard was where Mandela way now is. It was replaced by the Royal Mail, Initial City Link couriers, Tate etc. The cottages on Pages Walk were for the railway workers, and the buildings at the northeast end of Pages Walk on the corner with Willow Walk were stabling for horses.
Anybody know when the Paragon Crescent (east end of NKR) was demolished? I think it was pre-First World War, a spectacular crescent of Georgian Houses.
From the latest crop of written answers from the Mayor:
Caroline Pidgeon AM Will you please get TfL officers to investigate the feasibility and cost of demolishing the Bricklayers Arms flyover on the Old Kent Road?
Boris Johnson The impact of removing the flyover at this junction, both in terms of physical cost and the effect on traffic in the area would be significant and would require extensive traffic modelling. There is no budget for either in the TfL Business Plan.
The problem seems to be traffic queuing into TBR, not sure why - perhaps the painting work on the bridge slowing things down?
Someone has sensibly allowed bus drivers to go over the flyover to get to OKR to avoid the queues on the roundabout - I had a ride over on the top deck of a 63 last Friday evening. It cause quite a stir amongst the passengers as we swooped up and over (insofar as double deckers can swoop).
Yes, I think tonight I'm going to have to experiment and get on a bus that goes straight on at Bricklayers, and then change off OKR onto something that will get me back up to my destination - P12 or 381, perhaps.