Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Bermondsey St and Tanner St

The entrance to Royal Oak Yard, 156 Bermondsey St, London SE1 occupied by the General Iron Foundry Company GIFCO. Copyright Niall Connolly
The entrance to what was the GIFCO premises, now the entrance to Royal Oak Yard. Also known as 'The Concrete Castle', the GIFCO building was reputedly one of Britain's earliest concrete structures.

Site of 5 & 7 Tanner Street, Bermondsey, London SE1, after demolition c1987. Copyright Niall Connolly
In the foreground is 5/7 Tanner St, Zincography House, and on its right, the site of what was Hatchers Yard. Hatchers were a haulage firm and the rather crude bollards on the pavement opposite were installed to discourage Hatchers drivers from parking on the pavement. The site was soon to become Swann Court. 

39/45 Bermondsey Street, London SE1, and The Stage building after 39/45 had burned down. Copyright Niall Connolly.
One of the saddest losses on Bermondsey St was the destruction (by fire) of 39/45 Bermondsey St. That building stood immediately next to The Stage, 47 Bermondsey St, and shared the same white glazed brick facade. Unfortunately, soon after a planning application was made for the redevelopment of the site (c1986), the building caught fire, was declared a dangerous structure and pulled down.

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