South London Memories


Letter writer’s glimpse into a world long gone

A handwritten memoir by the witty Fred Roy – a regular letter writer to the South London Press from the 1920s to the 1950s, lay for 23 years after his death in 1999 in an old captain’s chest.


10, 20, 30 years ago

Ten years ago this week a new road tunnel under the Thames which will ease thousands of commuters’ car journeys was announced.


Rugby star killed in a First World War trench

An England and Blackheath rugby player in Victorian London died fighting for his country in the First World War. But there is no memorial to Alexander Todd in Britain


This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

10 years ago: A jury of eight men and four women unanimously convicted Gary Dobson and David Norris of murdering Stephen Lawrence in Well Hall Road, Eltham almost 19 years before on April 22, 1993.


Saucer of milk for ‘brother Micah’

The elderly Miss Vint was known for her belief in the transmigration of souls, freely demonstrated her eight cats to the journalist.


This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

Ten years ago this week: A florist whose family have been running a stall at a famous South London market since 1900 has sold his last bouquet.


Rogers had designs on you

From Greenwich to the Southbank to Battersea, revolutionary architect Richard Rogers dictated the look of South London, especially beside the Thames.


A founding father of German football

Mike Guilfoyle, vice chairman of the Friends of Brockley & Ladywell cemeteries recounts the achievements of Gustav Randolp Manning and brothers.


This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

Ten years ago this week: People had a glimpse inside a “funky” new 2012 Olympics venue which has been steadily taking shape in their neighbourhood.


Ruskin was a true local European

A new book Sunset over Herne Hill: John Ruskin and South London looks at the life of the writer, philosopher and art critic.


This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

10 years ago – A new £1million fund was outlined to help a borough’s town centres recover from the London riots.


Did known burglar kill housekeeper? Croydon murder that remains unsolved

Did a known burglar with a hard-man reputation among Brixton prisoners kill a housekeeper in Croydon? JAN BONDESON picks through the evidence in the murder of Susan Emberton in 1932

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