Wednesday, February 01, 2012

History Corner: Peckham in 1913

The British Film Institute has recently uploaded lots of films to youtube, it is a treasure trove worth spending some time browsing in. In fact I've just spend hours doing just that! An early favourite of mine is this film of Alexandra Rose Day in Peckham in 1913, a charity fundraising event featuring a large group of women in white walking and dancing in the streets while selling artificial roses to raise funds for local hospitals. Can you identify any of the buildngs? The shopping scenes are presumably Rye Lane.

Is this the corner of Rye Lane/Hanover Park, where the HSBC is now?
Note Williamson's teas and luncheons next door.

1 comment:

Deptford Pudding said...

Fantastic film, I've been trying to spot 2 of my aunts, but everyone looks a like, and they're moving too fast. My mum would have been 4 or 5 then. She always talked about walking across the Rye in the snow and meeting her sisters in Henekeys. Where was Henekeys?