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Bermondsey Collection

Discover the hidden gems of Bermondsey, a vibrant neighborhood in southeast London. Immerse yourself in its rich history and architectural wonders

Background imageBermondsey Collection: LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey

LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey
Built by the London County Council (LCC) and opened in 1928, Dockhead fire station replaced two older Bermondsey fire stations that were closed down

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Folly Ditch, Jacobs Island, (c1878). Creator: Unknown

Folly Ditch, Jacobs Island, (c1878). Creator: Unknown
Folly Ditch, Jacobs Island, (c1878). Jacobs Island, a notorious slum on the south bank of the River Thames in Bermondsey, London, was made famous in Charles Dickenss novel Oliver Twist

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Howland Great Dock, near Deptford, c. 1715-20 (engraving)

Howland Great Dock, near Deptford, c. 1715-20 (engraving)
XJF444362 Howland Great Dock, near Deptford, c.1715-20 (engraving) by Badslade, J. (fl.1720-30) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Birds eye view of Howland Great Dock, Deptford)

Background imageBermondsey Collection: LFDCA-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey

LFDCA-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey
Opened in 1928, Dockhead fire station became the setting for the fictitious Blackwall fire station in the popular television series Londons Burning

Background imageBermondsey Collection: LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey

LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey
A major docklands fire at Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey, SE London. It happened during a particularly cold spell for March. The attack on the fire by a large number of firefighters

Background imageBermondsey Collection: LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey SE1

LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey SE1
Opened in 1928, Dockhead fire station was also the fictional fire station Blackwall in the highly acclaimed London Weekend Television series Londons Burning (1998-2002)

Background imageBermondsey Collection: London arms and seals

London arms and seals
The Arms and Common Seals of the Metropolitan Boroughs of London and of the City of London, with a block map showing their boundaries

Background imageBermondsey Collection: LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey

LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey
A major docklands fire at Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey, SE London. It happened during a particularly cold spell for March. The attack on the fire by a large number of firefighters

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Ladywell Lodge, Lewisham, south east London

Ladywell Lodge, Lewisham, south east London
Aerial view of Ladywell Lodge, a residential institution for the elderly, near Lewisham, in south east London. The site was formerly St Olaves Union workhouse, designed by Newman & Newman

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Bermondsey Glue Factory

Bermondsey Glue Factory
Glue makers field at Bermondsey

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Tollgate Ticket

Tollgate Ticket
Tollgate ticket for St James Gate, for the Bermondsey, Rotherhithe and Deptford Roads, Southeast London - probably abolished in 1864 along with many others

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Dockhead Folly, Bermondsey, London, 1820. Artist: John Chessell Buckler

Dockhead Folly, Bermondsey, London, 1820. Artist: John Chessell Buckler
Dockhead Folly, Bermondsey, London, 1820

Background imageBermondsey Collection: LCC-MFB Cherry Garden river fire station, SE London

LCC-MFB Cherry Garden river fire station, SE London
Built by the London County Council, Cherry Garden river fire station was located at Cherry Garden Street in Bermondsey. It was one of four Metropolitan Fire Brigade river stations and, from 1904

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Bermondsey Abbey Gateway

Bermondsey Abbey Gateway
The gateway of Bermondsey Abbey in London

Background imageBermondsey Collection: The River Thames, Tower Bridge, City Hall, Bermondsey warehouses and the Shard at

The River Thames, Tower Bridge, City Hall, Bermondsey warehouses and the Shard at night shot from Wapping, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBermondsey Collection: LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey

LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey
Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey, SE London, built in 1928. This fire station was the location for the early seasons of the ITV series Londons Burning

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Bermondsey Military Hospital, London

Bermondsey Military Hospital, London
Bermondsey Military Hospital operated during the First World War on the premises of the St Olaves Union workhouse at Ladywell, near Lewisham, in south east London

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Photograph of Alscot Arms, Bermondsey, London

Photograph of Alscot Arms, Bermondsey, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Corner on view of the pub

Background imageBermondsey Collection: View of the (proposed) western archway of the Thames Tunnel, London, c1831

View of the (proposed) western archway of the Thames Tunnel, London, c1831. The Thames Tunnel, connecting Wapping and Rotherhithe, was the first underwater tunnel in the world

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Truckers

Truckers
21st July 1951: A British Road Services truck pulls out of the Bermondsey depot as it sets out on a night run. Trunker is slang for long-distance lorry driver

Background imageBermondsey Collection: View outside a leather factory, Bermondsey, south London

View outside a leather factory, Bermondsey, south London
View outside Neckinger Mills leather factory, Bermondsey, south London. Date: 1842

Background imageBermondsey Collection: St James, Bermondsey, Surrey, 1829. Artist: R Winkles

St James, Bermondsey, Surrey, 1829. Artist: R Winkles
St James, Bermondsey, Surrey, 1829. Designed by James Savage and completed in 1829, St James, Bermondsey was one of the largest of the Waterloo Churches built in England in the early-mid 19th century

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Blitz in London -- Chambers Wharf, Bermondsey, WW2

Blitz in London -- Chambers Wharf, Bermondsey, WW2
Blitz in London -- firefighters in action with fire engines and hosepipes at Chambers Wharf, Bermondsey Wall, on 12 August 1944. Date: 1944

Background imageBermondsey Collection: A Map of Bermondsey, London, 1746 (engraving)

A Map of Bermondsey, London, 1746 (engraving)
XJF438442 A Map of Bermondsey, London, 1746 (engraving) by Rocque, John (c.1704-d.1762); Private Collection; British, out of copyright

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Bill Sikes House on Jacobs Island (w / c on paper)

Bill Sikes House on Jacobs Island (w / c on paper)
604775 Bill Sikes House on Jacobs Island (w/c on paper) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bill Sikes House on Jacobs Island on the River Thames in Bermondsey)

Background imageBermondsey Collection: The Home of Little Dorrit, the Old Marshalsea Prison, Southwark (engraving)

The Home of Little Dorrit, the Old Marshalsea Prison, Southwark (engraving)
1050255 The Home of Little Dorrit, the Old Marshalsea Prison, Southwark (engraving) by Browne, Hablot Knight (Phiz) (1815-92) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Home of Little Dorrit)

Background imageBermondsey Collection: England, London, Bermondsey, Maltby Street Market, Street Stall Display of Scotch Eggs

England, London, Bermondsey, Maltby Street Market, Street Stall Display of Scotch Eggs

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Jamaica House, Cherry Garden Street, Bermondsey, London, 1826

Jamaica House, Cherry Garden Street, Bermondsey, London, 1826

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Dockhead Fire Station, No 8 Wolseley Street, Bermondsey, London, 1929

Dockhead Fire Station, No 8 Wolseley Street, Bermondsey, London, 1929. Fire engines parked inside the fire station

Background imageBermondsey Collection: The First London County Council (engraving)

The First London County Council (engraving)
1055803 The First London County Council (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The First London County Council)

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Fennings Wharf, Bermondsey, London, c1835

Fennings Wharf, Bermondsey, London, c1835. View from the River Thames with Fennings Wharf in the centre, the Shot Manufactory, Bermondsey, on the left

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Neckinger Mills tannery

Neckinger Mills tannery
5309979 Neckinger Mills tannery; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Neckinger Mills tannery, Bermondsey. Tanning is the process of treating skins and hides of animals to produce leather)

Background imageBermondsey Collection: 19th century illustration, showing gardening near the railway arches (Viaduct), at Bermondsey

19th century illustration, showing gardening near the railway arches (Viaduct), at Bermondsey, London, England. 1836
5310717 19th century illustration, showing gardening near the railway arches (Viaduct), at Bermondsey, London, England. 1836; (add.info.: Date: 1836); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Jamaica Road, North Bermondsey, London

Jamaica Road, North Bermondsey, London. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Map of London, 1952

Map of London, 1952
Map of London in 1952. 1952

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Map, Surrey Docks, Bricklayers Arms and New Cross, London

Map, Surrey Docks, Bricklayers Arms and New Cross, London
Map, Surrey Commercial Docks, Bricklayers Arms and New Cross, SE London, with railway lines and junctions. 1908

Background imageBermondsey Collection: The cobbled street Shad Thames, behind Butler's Wharf on the River Thames

The cobbled street Shad Thames, behind Butler's Wharf on the River Thames, known for its renovated warehouse/ apartment and restored overhead bridges and walkways, London, England

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London, Wapping, the Thames, Tower Bridge, City Hall

Europe, United Kingdom, England, London, Wapping, the Thames, Tower Bridge, City Hall, Bermondsey warehouses and the Shard at night

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Crowds of spectators came to see Prince and Princess of Wales (later George V and Mary of Teck)

Crowds of spectators came to see Prince and Princess of Wales (later George V and Mary of Teck) open the new Rotherhithe Tunnel, between Rotherhithe and Stepney. Date: 12th June 1908

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Rotherhithe Road Tunnel, London 1908

Rotherhithe Road Tunnel, London 1908
Diagram plan of where the latest road tunnel under the River Thames, London is situated, linking Rotherhithe on the south west to Limehouse on the north east

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Peter Tatchell and others, Bermondsey by-election

Peter Tatchell and others, Bermondsey by-election
Peter Gary Tatchell (b 1952), Australian-born British political activist. Seen here (second from left) as the Labour Party candidate at the declaration of votes for a by-election in Bermondsey

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Peter Tatchell, Australian-born British political activist

Peter Tatchell, Australian-born British political activist
Peter Gary Tatchell (b 1952), Australian-born British political activist. Seen here talking to people on the street and handing out leaflets while fighting a by-election in Bermondsey

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Tony Benn with Peter Tatchell in Bermondsey, London

Tony Benn with Peter Tatchell in Bermondsey, London
Tony Benn (Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn, formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, 1925-2014), Labour politician, former Cabinet Minister and currently President of the Stop the War Coalition

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Bermondsey Infirmary (litho)

Bermondsey Infirmary (litho)
3650563 Bermondsey Infirmary (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bermondsey Infirmary)

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Doorway, The Manor House, Bermondsey, London (b / w photo)

Doorway, The Manor House, Bermondsey, London (b / w photo)
5203458 Doorway, The Manor House, Bermondsey, London (b/w photo) by Davie, William Galsworthy (1841-1915); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Manor House, Bermondsey, London)

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Gateway of Bermondsey Abbey (engraving)

Gateway of Bermondsey Abbey (engraving)
582185 Gateway of Bermondsey Abbey (engraving) by Nash, Frederick (1782-1856); Private Collection; (add.info.: Gateway of Bermondsey Abbey)

Background imageBermondsey Collection: Bermondsey Abbey in Surrey (engraving)

Bermondsey Abbey in Surrey (engraving)
582184 Bermondsey Abbey in Surrey (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bermondsey Abbey in Surrey)

Background imageBermondsey Collection: General view of the remains of Bermondsey Abbey, as it appeared in 1805 (engraving)

General view of the remains of Bermondsey Abbey, as it appeared in 1805 (engraving)
582183 General view of the remains of Bermondsey Abbey, as it appeared in 1805 (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)



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Discover the hidden gems of Bermondsey, a vibrant neighborhood in southeast London. Immerse yourself in its rich history and architectural wonders. Explore the LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, a testament to the city's firefighting heritage. Marvel at Folly Ditch and Jacobs Island, mysterious corners that transport you back to 19th-century London. Unearth a Tollgate Ticket, an artifact that whispers tales of bygone eras. Admire the intricate London arms and seals, symbols of power and tradition. Delve into Howland Great Dock near Deptford through an enchanting engraving from 1715-20. Witness the devastating LCC-LFB Warehouse fire at Butlers Wharf, where resilience triumphed over adversity. Step into Ladywell Lodge in Lewisham for a glimpse into another era's grandeur. Visit the iconic Bermondsey Glue Factory and let your imagination run wild with stories of industrial innovation. Witness yet another chapter unfold as you witness the LCC-MFB Cherry Garden river fire station standing tall along SE London's shores. Finally, stand before the majestic Bermondsey Abbey Gateway—a gateway to centuries past—where echoes of medieval life still resonate today. Bermondsey is more than just a place; it is a tapestry woven with threads of history, culture, and resilience. Come explore this captivating neighborhood that continues to captivate hearts with its timeless charm.