Lower Road Rotherhithe

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Hippodrome Lower road

Postby bermondseyboy » Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:58 pm

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Hippodrome during demolition

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Hippodrome 34 and 36 Lower Road

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Hippodrome details

(For full History click links below_
http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/Rotherhithe.htm#hipp
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Hippodrome interior

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Hippodrome programme

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Lower Road Rotherhithe

Postby fosney » Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:54 am

Lower Road Rotherhithe (Yesterday & Today)

Lower Road outside Surrey Commercial Dock Station Yard Gate a horse drawn vehicle loaded with timber. Picture at the junction of Redriff Road to the left and Hawstone Road to the right, picture 1908 Note the name of the station "East London Railway Deptford Road Station" and the shop on the corner John Church Florist.

How times have changed. This area now dominated by the Surrey Quays complex
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Picture from 1908
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Same Corner today

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Lower Road

Postby kiwi » Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:15 pm

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Lower Road,Rotherhithe

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Re: Lower Road Rotherhithe

Postby kiwi » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:31 pm

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LOWER ROAD.

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ST MARY'S PRIMARY SCHOOL.

Postby kiwi » Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:58 am

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ST MARY'S PRIMARY SCHOOL,LOWER ROAD.

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Re: Lower Road Rotherhithe

Postby fosney » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:21 pm

LOWER ROAD

We move further along Lower Road where on the corner of Neptune Street the Rotherhithe Town Hall stood. Opened in 1897 it served the community for only eight years until Rotherhithe merged with Bermondsey in 1905 and the administration for the area was transfered to Spa Road. The Town Hall was converted into a library to serve the public but was destroyed during the London bombing
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Re: Lower Road Rotherhithe

Postby fosney » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:35 pm

Lower Road-Jamaica Road - Pictures courtesy of bermondsey.biz/ information from The National Archives.
Most of us are probably unaware that Bermondsey, like other authorities, generated it's own electricity. The predecessor of Bermondsey Municipal Borough Council, "The Vestry of Bermondsey", appointed a committee in 1896 to apply for the supply of electricity. With the formation of the London Boroughs in 1899, this task was passed on to the Bermondsey Borough Council. In 1902 a generating station was built in the Neckinger and later that year an application was made to supply electricity to Rotherhithe. In 1917 local electricity generating was partially discontinued and a bulk supply was obtained from the London Electricity Supply Corporation Limited and all locally generating discontinued in 1930. In 1922 grants were given to get the electricity supply installed and the whole of the electricity industry was brought into public ownership in 1947 with the Electricity Act.
Bermondsey Electric Showrooms, which was owned and run by Bermondsey Borough Council stood on the corner opposite Rotherhithe Tunnel, on the bend where Lower Road and Jamaica Road meet.
I understand from freddie that there was a pub on this site before the shop and the design of the shop building seems to indicate that it was built between the wars.
As a child, living in Southwark Park Road, I remember the house being supplied with DC electricity (Direct Current) and as well as being lethal from shocks, you were unable to run most electrical appliances on this system as they were made for AC current system (Alternating Current).
Arrow on Map indicates position of shop.
Picture of Bus, shop at rear end of Bus, can just be seen.
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Re: Lower Road Rotherhithe

Postby fosney » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:44 pm

Bermondsey Borough Council ran its own electricity supply, as a child I remember going to thr Town Hall with used bulbs and the Council would replace them with new ones free.
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Re: Lower Road Rotherhithe

Postby fosney » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:45 pm

Posted by freddie




Hi fosney,
Although you don't need any further confirmation, the Bermondsey Electric Showroom shows in the background of a 1927 photo of the Crown Prince of Norway unveiling a memorial to Norwegian sailors who died in WWI in St Olave's church. The Courage pub on the opposite corner was the Princess Victoria.

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Re: Lower Road Rotherhithe

Postby fosney » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:54 pm

St Olave's Hospital - Lower Road
I am sure many of us remember St Olave's Hospital either as a visitor or patient. Built in 1870 it served the community for over 100 years.
Constructed on ground adjacent to the Workhouse, which had been established since 1729. In 1885 St Olave's was known as the Infirmary of St Olave's Union.
In 1920 it was known as Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Hospital and on 1st April 1930 the hospital was transferred to Bermondsey Board of Guardians under the administration of the London County Council and renamed St Olave's Hospital.
When the National Health Service came in it was taken over by the South East Metropolitan Hospital Board and in 1966 became part of Guys Hospital Training Group.
St Olave's Hospital started to be restricted to patients in 1970 and finally closed in 1984.
Today, all that remains is the left hand Entrance Lodge with a blue plaque celebrating the birth of one of South London's great actors, Sir Michael Caine in 1933. The rest has been replaced by a modern housing development.
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