VS Pritchett , a brief stay as a child in Loughborough Junction

VS Pritchett was a prolific writer with novels, short stories, biography, literary criticism and travel writing. He was born in 1900 and died in 1997. His father was in early marriage not successful in business or work and the family lived an itinerant life moving from place to place as circumstances dictated. In early 1910, the family had to leave their home in Hammersmith… as Pritchett describes it “the cab was at the door soon afterwards”.

This was reflected in the title of his autobiography A Cab at The Door, 1st published in 1968 by Chatto & Windus.

They moved to a street in Loughborough Junction, unnamed by Pritchett but which he describes as  “a street off Coldharbour Lane in which the smell of vinegar from a pickle factory hung low, a street of little houses…”  He goes on to say ”  a yard or two from our bedroom window at the back was one of the largest machine bakeries in London, and next to it the Camberwell Roller Skating Rink.”

That street was Lilford Road. In this extract from the Ordinance Survey 1892-1914 you can see the Camberwell Roller Skating Rink having closed, its building taken over by a Printing Works and just behind the Rink and the tenements was Price & Co bakery.

Ordinance Survey 1892-1914 extract

Price & Co bakery first appeared in 1910 and lasted until 1969. In the 1911-12 Electoral Register, four individuals are registered on Lilford Road as owners of the Bakery in the rear.  Richard Price who lived at “Rylstone” , The Grove in Camberwell, Thomas Price at 77 Bethuen Road, Stoke Newington,  Cornelius Price @ Hayton House, Sanycombe Road in Kew & Edwin George Hunter at 102 Windsor Road, Forest Gate.

The Camberwell Roller Skating Rink opened in a purpose built building on April 16th 1910. It had a frontage along Coldharbour Lane eastwards from Lilford Road of 200 feet. The manager was AF Wilson. It was part of a roller skating boom that lasted from 1908 to 1913. In 1910 there were over 526 rinks in the UK.

Further reading about rinking and roller skating at this link in a blog run by Edward Creighton

http://historyandsocialaction.blogspot.com/2012/06/edwardian-roller-skating-boom-1908-1912.html

He attended a Church of England school called St Matthews , run by St Matthews church then located on Denmark Hill where the Kings College School of Dentistry is now. St Matthews being bombed out in WW11 and eventually rebuilt in Lilford Road.

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An extract from the same OS map as above you can see St Matthews school on Denmark Road . The pub in bottom right was the Sun & Doves and a little further east you can see Denmark Place Baptist Church. The school was open from 1848 through to 1947 when it was demolished to build the Thorlands Estate.

He also recalled the day – 20th July 1909 – King Edward V11 came to Camberwell to lay the foundation stone for the new King’s College hospital. We have this rather dull photo from the South London Press showing the carriage on Denmark Hill.

King and Queen on Denmark Hill, tues 20th July 1909

A rather better postcard photo of the King’s carriage coming through Camberwell Gate , just before Camberwell Green on it’s way to Denmark Hill.

King Edward V11 at Camberwell Gate

Pritchett talks about heading of to school one morning on the 6 May 1910 and seeing newspaper poster telling of the death of Edward V11.

Edward V11

In his autobiography , Pritchett writes the following

“London was dangerous. We had a girl to help my mother for a few weeks and her mind, like the mind of the one at Ealing, was brimming with crime. She took me to the Camberwell Bioscope to see a film of murder and explosions called The Anarchist’s Son, in which men with rifles in their hands crawled up a hill and shot at each other. When the shed in which one of them was living, blew up, the film turned silent, soft blood red and the lady pianist in front of the screen struck up a dramatic chord. In the Bioscope men walked about squirting the audience with a delicious scent like hair lotion that prickled our heads”

I can’t track this film down, maybe someone will know and get in touch. Luke McKernan of the no longer active but still available blog The Bioscope suggests the cinema might have been Burgoyne’s American Bioscope at 213 Rye Lane, Peckham

https://thebioscope.net

Pritchett also mentions that on his walk to school he would pass about a hundred yards of advertising hoardings. This photo is dated 1905 some 5 years before the Prichetts arrived on Coldharbour Lane. It is the corner of Kenbury Street and Coldharbour Lane.

Advertising hoarding on CL corner with Kenbury Street

Prichett mentions specifically a Pear’s Soap poster with a tramp saying ” Ten years ago I used your soap, and since then I’ve used no other”

Pears Soap Advert

He follows all this with memories of his mother and father quarrelling quite often, Pritchett says he remembers his mother repeating the phrase  “…that woman”. He ends his memories of Camberwell with the recall of his father having gone bankrupt at their previous abode in Hammersmith , and that they were in hiding in Camberwell living under their mothers name.  Then the Pritchett family were off again, elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

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Joshua Armitage

Joshua Armitage is a painter who painted scenes in Loughborough Junction. Here is a selection, I think from 2015/2016.

http://www.josharmitage.co.uk/

Coldharbour 1

Coldharbour 1 Joshua Armitage

 

Coldharbour 111

Coldharbour Lane 111 Joshua Armitage

Flaxman Road

Flaxman Road Joshua Armitage

Eastlake Road Study

Eastlake Road Study Joshua Armitage

Eastlake 11

Eastlake 11 Joshua Armitage

 

Eastlake 111

Eastlake Road 111 Joshua Armitage

Eastlake 1V

Eastlake 1V Joshua Armitage

 

 

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Brixton Brewery – welcome to Loughborough Junction

Newly ensconsed in a large industrial unit on Milkwood Road, Brixton’s favourite brewers

Brixton Brewery. The Brixton Pale Ale is my new favourite.

 

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https://www.brixtonbrewery.com/

 

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A history of 200 Coldharbour Lane – now home to Harbour Cycles

On February 14th 2014, Harbour Cycles opened at 200 Coldharbour Lane, the latest in a long line of businesses occupying these premises for just over 150 years.

Harbour Cycles a

In early 1860’s the railways arrived at what became known as Loughborough Junction.  This led to substantial development of housing and businesses in what was only a few years before, mostly farmland as this extract from Edward Stanfords Map of London dated 1862 shows.

Extract Edward Stanford Map of London 1862

The first business we find at 200 Coldharbour Lane was J Martin, Fishmonger & Poulterer. At that time 200 Coldharbour Lane was known as No 1 Chandos Terrace. He opened his business in 1867. The following advertisment was published in the South London Press in the 19th September 1868 issue.

200 CL J Martin Fishmonger and Poulterer Advert SLP 19 Sept 1868

A gap of a few years until in 1872 and 1873 we have records of Frederick Heyn listed  at 200 Coldharbour Lane, still referred to as 1 Chandos Terrace. This advertisment is from the South London Chronicle, dated December 7th, 1872

 200 CL 1 Chandos Terrace Frederick Heyn SLC Dec 07 1872

The next date we have confirmed from local directories is dated 1883 when a Mr  R Stallard is listed at 200 Coldharbour Lane as a wine merchant. He was followed by George Albert May in 1887 through 1897 with a wine & spirit merchant business.

In 1891 Casper Coomer was running a Drapery business at 196 & 198 Coldharbour Lane . Mr Casper Coomer was in trouble with the law in this news report from The Standard 19th July 1894

196-198 CL Casper Coomer The Standard July 19 1894

In 1899 he expanded through to 200 Coldharbour Lane as well. He ran this business until 1940. The following photo was taken by GN Southerden in 1936 and is to be found in Camberwell & West Norwood Tramways by Robert J Harley published by Middleton Press.

200 CL from Camberwell and West Norwood Tramways photo GN Southerden 1936

From 1907, around the corner at 200a Coldharbour Lane (entrance in Flaxman Road) Mrs Louisa Coomer ran the relocated wine & spirit merchant business succeeded by Frederick Laing Collison from 1924-1926 and by Frederick Thurlow from 1927 to 1932. In 1936 the business was renamed Loughborough Wine & Spirits.

Headquarters and General Supplies was a mail order company selling military surplus and other items from Whitcomb St, off Leicester Square. They moved to 196-200 Coldharbour Lane in 1946 and slowly grew their business over  the next twenty-two years. Here are a  couple of advertisments from The Whitstable Times & Herne Bay Herald  14th October 1947 and the Brechin Advertiser 14th September 1948.

Headquarters & General Supplies Whitstable Times & Harne Bay Herald 14 Oct 1947                         Headquarters & General Supplies Brechin Advertiser 14 Sept 1948

This photo dated 1951 taken by John H Meredith and featured in Camberwell & West Norwood Tramways.

200 CL from Camberwell and West Norwood Tramways photo John H Meredith, 1951 alternate

In 1962 they ran an advertisment in the 17th November  issue with an added West End Store in High Holborn.

Headquarters & General Supplies Daily Mirror Nov 17 1962

This photo has recently appeared featuring the Headquarters & General Supplies Fascias on the Flaxman road wall dated 1972. From Lambeth Landmark.

View down Flaxman Road, Loughborough Junction with Headquarters & General HQ side view, 1972

 

By 1968, they were running 8 stores.

Headquarters & General Supplies Daily Mirror 2 March 1968

This advertisment was the latest I could find.  They seem to have completely disappeared,  out of business.  If anyone has any further information about Headquarters & General I would love to hear from you.

After a few years standing empty 196-200 Coldharbour Lane was taken on by Ernie Noad as a shoe shop in 1974. Haven’t been able to track down a photo of Noads at Coldharbour Lane , so here is a shop fascia from his shop in Lambeth Walk from 1946 posted onto an ancestry forum by Chloe Deeth.

Ernie Noad shoe shop Lambeth Walk 1946 from Cloe Deeth

I understand that Noads had a few shops around London, one is mentioned located in Northcote Road, Clapham Junction. Noads closed in 1983, and the premises reverted back to individual stores. 200 Coldharbour Lane became home to 2nd Time Around, a second hand furniture shop.

In 2002 , 2nd Time Around was succeeded by The Trading Post which was run by a man known as Yellaman.

The next photo was taken by Google Streetview in June 2008 and the one after also taken from Google Streetview is dated May 2012.

200 CL Google streetview May 2012

 

200 CL Google streetview Jun 2008

This brings us up to date and Harbour Cycles run by Brenton. A community minded business, here is a poster from 2015.

Harbour Cycles poster 2015

The mural on side Flaxman Road wall.

2018 Harbour Cycles corner Coldharbour Lane & Flaxman Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joiners Arms Yard by Edward Arthur Phipson

This painting by Edward Arthur Phipson was painted in 1922 and is part of the Southwark Council Art Collection

Joiners Arms Yard, Denmark Hill Edward Arthur Phipson, 1882 SAC GA0218

https://heritage.southwark.gov.uk

 

 

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Last Train From Denmark Hill by Thomas Bucci

Thomas Bucci Last Train From Denmark Hill

This painting is titled Last Train From Denmark Hill and was painted by Thomas Bucci. Thomas painted it I assume during a visit to London  which is undated.

You can check out all his work via his website:

https://thomasbucci.com

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Three views of London from Denmark Hill

A Panaramic View Of london from Denmark Hill Alexander Nasmyth Hackney Museum YES

This undated painting titled A Panoramic View of London from Denmark Hill is by Alexander Nasmyth and is in the Hackney Council collection. Nasmyth  died in Edinburgh on April 10, 1840

A South View from of the Cities of London and Westminster taken from Denmark Hall near Camberwell, 1779 by Daniel Jerpiniere

This engraving titled A South View of the Cities of London and Westminster is by Daniel Lerpiniere dated 1779. It is part of the Southwark Art Collection.

London from Camberwell on the South, 1808 Tabart & Co

A print named London from Camberwell on the South, 1808, Tabart & Co.

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