Anyone know anything about the history of Harper Road? I used to live there (on the Rockingham) and was always intregued by two things. What happened to Dickens Square? Where did the houses go? And what is the twisted metal structure in the park there? Is it art?
From the London County Council photo collection (now held at the London Metropolitan Archive) available on the ambitiously named European Visual Archive
title: Bideford Court
description: View prior to slum clearance to make way for the Rockingham Estate
photographer: Greater London Council [call themseleves archivists - LR?!]
in collection: London Metropolitan Archives (lma)
geography: Southwark Metb; Bideford Court
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 27 July 2004 2.33pm by Lang Rabbie.
fabulous! Thanks for puting that up Rabbie. I recently received a copy of an old map of my area from Southwark's right to buy department. I'm not sure of it's relevance yet but it shows my estate and the surrounding area including The Jam Factory, The Troc-ette Cinema (now trocette mansions) a sheet metal factory, a fur factory and iron foundry and several properties marked "ruin". It's fascinating. I'm going to try and work out which of the shops on TBR was a ruin tonight.