Herne Hill Road postcard c 1908

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.

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Herne Hill Road graffiti by The Artful Dodger

A new piece of graffiti has appeared on Herne Hill Road on the Railway Arches at the Coldharbour Lane end.

02/12/2021 This piece of street art has now been painted over. Not surprised. It had a rather unsavoury dubious message.

By The Artful Dodger https://www.instagram.com/artful_dodger_01/?hl=en

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The Two Free Book Libraries of Loughborough Junction + a small one on Loughborough Road

Cambria Road just by the Railway Viaduct
Grove Adventure Park on Gordon Grove
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David Greig – the sign returns

David Greig – the Sign returns

The old presumed lost David Greig shop sign at Coldharbour Lane makes a spectactular return,

cleaned and restored. Located at 232 Coldharbour Lane, it was the home of David Greig

Butchers. Well done to all responsible.

For a read of my original David Greig post in Loughborough Junction blog, click here


David Greig – the sign returns

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Three views of Loughborough Road through time.

These photos/postcards are all looking north just down from Loughborough Junction, with Wyck Gardens and Loughborough Farm on the left and right respectively.

The first image is a Card House Postcard no 19059, titled Loughboro’ Rd, SW. Sent to me by Brian Beckett. Dated 1914.

You can click on the image for a slightly bigger version.

The second image is a photo taken by Brian in 1960. Taken from the same viewpoint as the 1914 postcard above.

The new Loughborough Estate had been built some 3/4 years before. As Brian said in his email, he took this shot because the cobbled stone blocks of the old horse drawn taxi rank were still then in place.

Brian goes on to say that on the bombed out corner of Foxley Road and Camberwell New Road , a Mercedes Benz dealership was opened in the early 1950’s both for sales and service. Mostly service as there were few sales, however lots of servicing of pre war vehicles and those imported from Germany by returning serviceman. The mechanics often used the long straight Loughborough Road to test the vehicles, often at speed. Much to the delight of the pupils at Loughborough Central school.

Brian lived on Fairburn Road just beyond Five Ways from 1941 through to 1970.

The final photo was taken by Loughborough Junction blog on 2nd May 2021. A rare moment with no traffic on what is generally a very busy road.

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Old Postcards of Camberwell Green

The Green, Camberwell, Albert Flint, postcard posted June 1918

Camberwell Green, photographer unknown, posted August 1910

Camberwell Green (111) postcard by C Russell & Co, posted August 1908

In Camberwell Green, Albert Flint, posted August 1909

The Green, Camberwell with YMCA Hut in background, Photographer unknown, posted January 1928

These postcards have been digitally enhanced by Nick Stevens, March 2021

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Camberwell Tree Walk

A very enjoyable Sunday walk with friends : Camberwell Church Tree Walk starting on Camberwell Green. The walk provided by the Camberwell Society.


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Ruskin Park Walks Summer 2020

Taken during my weekly, almost daily walks around Ruskin Park, summer 2020.

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Time for a tiny moment of self congratulation…

Loughborough-junction.org, my blog about our local home and surrounding parts have just had it’s 10,000th visitor and nearly 22,000 views. We have been posting since April 2015.

Looking forward to the next 5 years.


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Ruskin Park shown in 16 old postcards

These postcards mostly date from 1900 through 1926. They were taken and published by The Local View Publishing, Albert Flint, Stengel & Co, GR Rogers, Harold North & Co & AFC. Click on image to see a larger view.

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