Friday, September 30, 2011

South East London 1786

John Cary's 'Actual Survey of the Country Fifteen Miles Around London' from 1786 (at Old London Maps) is fascinating. A few things to note -

- it's 'Rotherhithe or Redriffe' (hence there is now a Redrif Primary School in the area);
- 'Watering Bridge' on the left of the picture is where the junction of Albany Road and Old Kent Road is now, by the Thomas a Becket pub (the place referred to in the Canterbury Tales at St Thomas a Watering);
- today's Queens Road is 'Peckham Lane';
- also on what is now the Old Kent Road there is a 'Halfway House' and a 'Black Boy Lane' (near where Ilderton Road is now?);
- the section of the road coming into New Cross is called '5 Bell Lane' - the Five Bells pub was clearly already there;
- what was the 'Rainbow House' in Peckham?

In the following section, note:

- 'Plow Garlick Hill' - now Telegraph Hill;
- 'None Head' (Nunhead);
- 'Brockley Gn' (Brockley Green) - this was the area around what is now Brockley station;
- 'Loom Pitt Hole' (now Loampit Vale) - this was a quarry.
- 'Fryum Farm Hill' in Dulwich, 'Pigg Hill' (sometimes Pig Hill) in Sydenham and 'Mount Misery' on the way from Lewisham to Bromley. Do any of these hills still have names? The building up of London means we are aware of slopes when we're walking or cycling but we don't really get a sense of the distinct shape of the hills.


Anonymous said...

fascinating history Transpontine - one does wonder why the council doesn't dig into this history and call one or more of the new developments in the area 'misery towers', or Pigg Estate - would seem very apposite! (no disrespect intended towards pigs however)

Monkeycounter said...

Fryum Farm Hill is surely Dawson Hill with Dunstans Road to the North (note the triangle at the junction of Peckham Rye). Fryum is presumably a variant of Friern, the local manor. To the SW is Lordship Lane with the Green Man where the Grove Tavern is now. The road to the SE is now Wood Vale.

Tamsin said...

Look out for Ray Thatcher's History of New Cross currently in preparation. The Five Bells was first mentioned on a Haberdashers Estate Map in 1789 and was leased to a Mary Brougham in 1789 for 71 years.

It features (under the name Seven Bells) in one of Dickens' poorer short stories "The Schoolboy's Story" where a retiring school-master, just come into a fortune, give his fellow teachers a slap-up meal - about twenty pounds a head.

Anonymous said...

Pigg Hill is I think Peak Hill in Sydenham. Westwood Common - is it the northern part of Forest Hill?

Anonymous said...

Rainbow House is/was at the junctiion of Southampton Way and Wells Way, Camberwell. It was the family home of the poet Robert Browning and there is a blue plaque there to say so. Browning later removed to Telegraph Cottage at rural New Cross. Haberdashers' Aske's Girls' school now occupies the site.