I don't live there but I did used to work there years ago. I think the road is going through a massive improvement and is turning into a fab part of Waterloo. Wider pavements, the renewed Young Vic, lots of pubs and restaurants. It used to be shabby but its now a very vibrant and pedestrian - friendly road.
Agreed! Personally I think that even the name ‘The Cut' sounds pretty cool. The Young Vic is a great place to go in the evening, whether that's for a performance or just for a drink. I'm also a big fan of Livebait, from the fantastic tiled interior to the food itself. Once they finish the traffic improvements I think that The Cut will be far more enjoyable.
With Transport for London moving into Palestra in early 2008, that's potentially a couple of thousand employees in the immediate area, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if The Cut finds itself home to the usual sandwich chains and coffee bars to cater for them all, almost certainly at the expense of some of the independent retailers around there.
I think it's something to with being next to the marsh, like Broadwall, which was a broad wall to walk on to avoid the flooding. However, the people on this forum are really knowledgeble, so someone will know.
I think the Southwark end used to be called Great Charlotte Street, and the Lambeth section The Cut.
As a resident of the The Cut, I'll be really pleased when all this work is finished, it hasn't been that pleasant to live through.
I was under the impression it used to be called the cut market, meaning that part of the market was on Lower Marsh and the market was cut in two by Waterloo Rd... could be totally wrong as well :)
Been following the refurbishment, that I think was meant to be finished by August according to some blurb. Some things have seemed a bit crazy, like the fact that they put the new paving slabs on almost all the way just to dig new holes for new lamp posts. Then they came back and dug holes for new trees after emoving all the existing ones.. now I would have put in the trees and the lamp posts in first and then paved around them, but obviously I am not a designer. At least they did most of the old water pipes first.
Then BT came in and dug up our phone lines at some point..
I'm sure it will be fab in the end, however I think the pavement stones are very light in colour and will very soon look dirty unless the councils start cleaning them more often.
Looking at this image, I would agree with Zoe as to where the original was taken from. The building that now forms part of the Young Vic is almost certainly one of the 2 shops that can be seen just off-centre in the 1933 photograph. It would be great to see a 'Then & Now' photo of this scene.