History

New hallway wall

Stud work for new wall partition: We suspected when we bought the house that the ground floor layout was not original. In the 60s and 70s many Victorian houses in the UK were ‘modernised’ by covering over original panelling, removing

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New hallway wall

Stud work for new wall partition: We suspected when we bought the house that the ground floor layout was not original. In the 60s and 70s many Victorian houses in the UK were ‘modernised’ by covering over original panelling, removing

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Booth Poverty map 1898-99

Our Road is ‘PINK: Fairly comfortable. Good ordinary earnings’ though I don’t think our house appears until some years later – the first record of the Cordwainers shop is in 1908. Interestingly, Coldharbour Lane is ‘RED: Middle class. Well-to-do’.

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Booth Poverty map 1898-99

Our Road is ‘PINK: Fairly comfortable. Good ordinary earnings’ though I don’t think our house appears until some years later – the first record of the Cordwainers shop is in 1908. Interestingly, Coldharbour Lane is ‘RED: Middle class. Well-to-do’.

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Anatomy of a shop front

To diagnose what era our shopfront originates from we had to learn about the general architectural structure, and history of shopfronts in Britain. Georgian and Regency shopfronts – Flat or bowed shopfronts with lots of small glass panes. Designed to

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Anatomy of a shop front

To diagnose what era our shopfront originates from we had to learn about the general architectural structure, and history of shopfronts in Britain. Georgian and Regency shopfronts – Flat or bowed shopfronts with lots of small glass panes. Designed to

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The shoemaker 1911

A man named Charles Whitmore lived and worked in our house 1911. We found his name listed under the address in the Post Office directory of that year. He was a cordwainer (or cordovan) – a shoemaker/cobbler who makes fine soft

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The shoemaker 1911

A man named Charles Whitmore lived and worked in our house 1911. We found his name listed under the address in the Post Office directory of that year. He was a cordwainer (or cordovan) – a shoemaker/cobbler who makes fine soft

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1974

Before Christmas I visited the Lambeth Archives 45 minutes before closing with the optimistic hope of finding an old map or photograph that might help me patch together some more of the history of the shophouse. I was lucky, I

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1974

Before Christmas I visited the Lambeth Archives 45 minutes before closing with the optimistic hope of finding an old map or photograph that might help me patch together some more of the history of the shophouse. I was lucky, I

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Universal Brotherhood 1984 – 2011

We bought our house from the Universal Brotherhood of Speculative Mechanics (UBOSM), a private order who used the house as a meeting place and place of worship since the early 1980s. During our search for properties we became keen on ‘other use

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Universal Brotherhood 1984 – 2011

We bought our house from the Universal Brotherhood of Speculative Mechanics (UBOSM), a private order who used the house as a meeting place and place of worship since the early 1980s. During our search for properties we became keen on ‘other use

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Location Location Location

With the help of the channel 4 programme Location Location Location we found our shop house in June 2011 and moved in in December 2011 after receiving planning permission to convert the building to a single dwelling house.

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Location Location Location

With the help of the channel 4 programme Location Location Location we found our shop house in June 2011 and moved in in December 2011 after receiving planning permission to convert the building to a single dwelling house.

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