The focus of the designation was the protection of the street facades, the arches and alleyways and the medieval plot layout which was, at that time, visible behind the street elevations. Sadly, these aspects have been all but erased since the designation with most (if not all) of the alleyways and the medieval plot layout having been blocked or erased by gated developments and infill.
The photograph below is a general view of most of the Bermondsey Street Conservation Area in 1993. Many of the major sites are still undeveloped at this time. Still visible are: the British Telecom depot on Leathermarket St; Whites Grounds and Brunswick Court; Sarson's Vinegar Works; S O Rowe's tannery; the 'Printer's Yard'; the 'Old Cinema' antiques market; the Bermondsey Abbey site; Bermondsey Square and the industrial warehousing going west along Long Lane. The Sol Beer warehouse (now the home of the White Cube Gallery) can be seen with its forecourt full of articulated trucks.
Bermondsey Street and environs, 1993 © Niall Connolly
The aerial view can be seen at a larger scale in each of 4 sections below: north west; north east; southwest and south east, below. From these larger images it is possible to get a better idea of the scale of change that has overtaken the area since the early 1990s. (Click on these sectional images to see them at a larger size.)
|North West ©Niall Connolly|
|North East ©Niall Connolly|
|South West ©Niall Connolly|
|South East ©Niall Connolly|