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Social history of my grandfather's 7 shops in East

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Sally Report 20 Dec 2008 00:15

I was told that my grandfather owned 7 shops in the early 1900's one in the Old Kent Road and they were drapers. Are there any museums which I can visit which include maybe pictures of the area in the early part of the century.


Lindsey* Report 20 Dec 2008 01:01

Possibly the local library might be a start ?


Malcolm Report 23 Dec 2008 15:31

Dear Sally

I would try the Southwark Local Studies library. They are normally at John Harvard Library in Borough High St near London Bridge but they are temporarily in Peckam while John Harvard Lib is being re-built.

See link:



Sally Report 3 Aug 2010 00:37

Dear Malcolm
Thanks belatedly for your reply. I shall persue this tomorrow or whenever. A trip to London is a bit overdue I feel.


Sally Report 9 Sep 2010 22:48

dear Lindsey
Thanks for your message. I'll need to look at a map of the area to check on which library to contact and then I know the main ones may have more information.


Sally Report 12 Mar 2013 00:03

I have been off the site for a while and it has changed somewhat. I went on the Southwark Museum site but I think I need to find out some more information from my cousin about the locations of the shops. Also I'm not sure what they were called.Thanks for your help

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 12 Mar 2013 10:16

It is likely that your grandfather left a Will and the shops would be named there.



JannieAnnie Report 12 Mar 2013 11:10


I know that this is the other side of London (Edmonton not Old Kent Road) but it is interesting nevertheless,

and if you click the 'advert' link in the blue shaded box near the bottom of the right hand side it takes you to a Drapers ad (a Miss Murphy, also not SE London)

If you have a name for the shop(s) (often they used a surname) then there might be someone who can find another link somewhere.

Chris in Sussex

Chris in Sussex Report 12 Mar 2013 11:44

'COLLAGE is a computerised information system providing quick and easy access to large areas of Guildhall's wonderful visual collections'

Well worth playing around with various search terms.
I found a photo of the upstairs front room, taken in the 1960s, of a house that an ancestor occupied in the late 1800s just by putting in the name of the road.