I have a couple of walls in my house that are looking rather bare and I'd like to put something up that represents the local area. I would quite like something that depicts the 'old' Bermondsey, perhaps from the 19th or early 20th century but I'm not sure where to start.
There are loads of images online, if you google your street you may be in luck, I've got loads of pictures of Mill Street and the Dockhead area. What I've found surprising is how industrial/derelict the area was in the 80's and the amount of colour photos people uploaded. If you find some decent photos print them yourself or take them to a printer like London Displays who can print onto to foam board (minimum charge £40, but A1 costs a bit less than that if you're doing more than one.)
Bermondseyboy.net has loads of pictures as does skyscrapercity\lost london if you'd need some pointers, here there are lots of older photos engravings.
Alternatively there's the frame shop on Bermondsey Street that has lots of maps.
Alfred Henry Bool took some great pictures of Bermondsey Street in the 1880's and these can be purchased through the Museum of London website and other online sites. I wrote a short blog about one of Bool's photographs in Bermondsey Street recently and you can read this here.
If you haven't already been, I recommend you get down to the Dulwich Picture Gallery to see the Whistler exhibition before it finishes on 12 January. The exhibition includes his etchings from the 1850's and 60's of the riverfront at Bermondsey, Rotherhithe and Wapping and they are really worth seeing. Here's the link to the DPG Obviously you won't be able to hang these on your wall!
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