This postcard published by The Card House Wholesale and M’fg Co shows a view of Herne Hill Road looking south up the hill from a point just before Wanless Road.
It was posted c1908 by Kate and addressed to My dear Ma at Coronation Road, Ashton Gate, Bristol. She says, a bird’s eye view of the road we live in & is a nice select place. ps our house is marked with an x.
By my reckoning that is no 23 Herne Hill Road, the 1907 & 1909 Kelly’s Dulwich, Tulse Hill & Herne Hill Directory states the household head was a Mr William Matthewson, who owned this house from 1892 through 1917. According to both the 1901 & 1911 census he was a carpet designer and a single man, Sharing the house was his brother Henry Matthewson and his wife Margaret Sarah. I guess that Kate rented rooms in this house.
I can find Shellard ‘s in Bristol but nothing on Kate. Maybe someone with more expertise than me can find more information on Genealogy sites.
On the left, where the gentleman is standing you can see the entry to one end of Wanless Road, at that time the home of Lambeth Coroner’s Court & Mortuary, as well Arlington lodge home of Lambeth’s Disinfection Station and Bacteriological laboratory.
On the right hand side, you can see two shops, nearest to us was Bebb Brothers Dairy, you can make out the Dairy sign outside the shop. One of the brothers Bebb was named David , they had the Dairy from 1900 through at least till 1916. Behind the Dairy was Walter Daniel Hedgmen’s shop.
On the far corner of Herne Hill Road and Wanless Road was The Herne Arms, the landlord was Frederick Harrington. He ran the pub from 1907 till 1919.
The first mentions of the shop, dairy and Pub date from the 1872 Effingham Wilson directory , William Wright listed as a beer retailer, Richard & Ann Delph running a chandler’s shop, and William Todd shopkeeper.
In the distance you can see the spire of St Saviour’s Church. It was consecrated on 25 June 1867. Around 1908 the vicar was The reverend John Bayfield Clark, MA, he was the vicar for an incredible 33 years from 1892 through 1926.
This photo dates from c1975 and is from the Lambeth Borough Photos site, reference 08945. St Saviours was given it’s redundancy order in March 1980 and was demolished in 1982. It still lives on using the Parish Hall.