Two ancient areas, very differen but inextricably linked by the past. Bermondsey, a name established in Saxon times had its rural abbey, farm and tanning pits. Rotherhithe, translating as a bovine landing stage, had its shipbuilding, rope works and eighteenth century maritime connections. Both places have magical tales to tell, some of which are briefly narrated in this book. There are beautiful churches, old forgotten monuments, cockney days out and tragic accounts of war. It was to Bermondsey that people flocked to find a cure for the plague, believing that vapours from the tan pits would thwart the disease. It was Rotherhithe where the first underwater tunnel, built by the Brunels, was dug out. The Second World War re-shaped the landscape and now regeneration is forming a new one. This is a book of contrasts and surprises, with around fifty pictures that have rarely seen the light of day.
Del Boy and Only Fools & Horses made Peckham famous. Since it ceased to be a Surrey village, an amazing variety of people have lived in what is now SE15 or visited it. Prime Ministers, members of the royal family and a wide range of other famous or remarkable people are included in this unusual local history book. Readers will be astonished by the striking mixture of over 500 Peckham & Nunhead residents and visitors.