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Star Cinema Abbey Street

Postby bermondseyboy » Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:37 pm

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Star Cinema Abbey Street 1937

The 'tuppenny rush' on a Saturday as children flock to see a special programme at the Star Cinema in Abbey Street, Bermondsey.
Children supposedly called it the Lardy presumably a contracted form of 'la-di-da', rhyming slang for the star.
The cinema seems to be showing 'Aunt Sally'. Like most former music halls, the Star had adapted by showing the new motion pictures.
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Star Music Hall programme

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Re: Star Cinema Abbey Street

Postby bermondseyboy » Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:17 pm

Posted by freddie

The Star Cinema, 189 Abbey Street

Originally part of the Star and Garter pub, the Star Music Hall opened in 1867. The original seating capacity was for 1,395, with 364 in the orchestra stalls, 233 in the balcony and 224 in the gallery. It was altered in 1883 to the designs of architects Smith & Stock. The proscenium was 24 feet wide, the stage 20 feet deep and there were two dressing rooms, one for men, the other for women. Some films were shown as part of the programme from 1908. By November 1919 it was not licensed as a music hall or theatre and had been renamed Star Kinema.

In 1920, the Star Cinema is listed as being operated by Vitagraph Theatres Ltd. Equipped for sound films in 1930, single screen and seating for 590, it was advertising pictures and variety. The Star Cinema was closed during World War II, probably due to the German bombing raids on the nearby London Docks.

The building went to other uses and was demolished in 1963.

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Abbey Street

Postby fosney » Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:56 pm

(Yesterday & Today)

Abbey Street 1925 another view Star cinema on the right, a view down Abbey Street

Same place different era . How times have changed
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Abbey Street same area today.jpg
Same area today

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Re: Abbey Street

Postby fosney » Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:42 pm

Posted by crosby34

Attached is a photo of Abbey buildings looking towards TBR from Abbey St. Bermondseyboy asked for photos of these buildings and I thought if someone could do the honours with a current picture it would fit better in this thread.
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Abbey Buildings Looking Towards Tower Bridge Road

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Re: Abbey Street

Postby fosney » Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:20 pm

crosby34

What a great picture of Abbey Building all has changed since those days. I can remember a pub on the corner of Pendall Street and in the forecourt of Abbey Buildings the Tower Bridge Road End was Long Walk and there was also a pub in this corner what the names were I dont know perhaps Bermondsey Boy or one of the other members can tell us

With todays picture you would not know it was the same place
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Looking at the same area today

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Re: Abbey Street

Postby fosney » Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:30 pm

Great picture from the forum by rstupple of houses in Abbey Street

Same place today but different angle taken from Enid Street "same place now a garage"
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KMS Service Station

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Re: Abbey Street

Postby fosney » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:07 pm

Posted by superminx


Hi
yes this is a great picture of Abbey Buildings. I lived there until I was three years old.
After that I moved to St Owen Hse next door to them. I remember watching them being knocked
down during the 1970s. I think they started this in Jan 1976. Doe's anyone else have any more photos or information on them?
I think the pub you are thinking of was called The White Bear or just The Bear.
My Dad and Grandad uesd to drink there during the 1970s.

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Re: Abbey Street

Postby fosney » Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:33 pm

Posted by crosby34

Fosney, one for today. This time Abbey St from the mid 50s. Taken from a spot in Abbey Buildings. The pub in the centre of the photo lasted until quite recently but is now a small block of new flats. Only a few buildings in the distance remain from this photo now. I doubt we can get a today view with this exact aspect.
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Re: Abbey Street

Postby fosney » Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:36 pm

Thanks again to crosby34 for a brilliant picture of Abbey Street its worth downloading the picture and enlarging as the details in quite incredible
As you say an aerial view is somewhat impossible but the red dot is at the corner of Abbey Street and Tower bridge Road

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Re: Abbey Street

Postby fosney » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:23 pm

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Bevington Mill ponds




Abbey Street --Neckinger Mill

Neckinger Mills, originally the site of a paper mill where the development of the recycling and production of paper from straw and wood was developed by Matthias Koop and Elias Carpenter, using water from the Neckinger.
Following bankruptcy of Matthias Koop the site was taken over in 1806 by Bevington and Sons, who then began the processing of animal skins. The large site between Jamaica Road and Neckinger continued production until 1935 when the works moved to Dartford and the Neckinger Site was redeveloped by Bermondsey Borough Council for housing.
The Company left the site in 1980 when the warehouse was converted to "live work units". Now a Grade II listed building it is currently used as a mixed residential and commercial site.
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Bevington Mill dipping skins

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Neckinger Mill Abbey Street
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Neckinger Mill Abbey Street

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Koop's Paper Mill

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Today - aerial view of the site


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