Pictures of Family Localities

These pictures trace the movements of my father Henry John Coombs.
Showing what it was like to live in London at various times. If anyone can put a date to any of the undated pictures I would be grateful

There are some interesting links at the foot of this page

11-23 Debnams Road, Rotherhithe

1881 - The families of Joseph Coombs and his son Joseph amounting to 15 persons lived at 2, Debnams Road
11-19 Corbett's Lane

1891 - My father was 5 years ols and living at No 2
Young Joseph and his family had moved to No 15 and his father was at No 4
More pictures of Corbett's Lane

According to Booths Notebooks of the Streets of London survey 1889-1903
It says of Debnams Road
"Smell of dirt, windows broken, children dirty, women draggled. Costers and fish- curers, pungent smoke from sawdust fires.
It was classed as Very poor, casual. Chronic want.
Corbett's lane was classed as Poor, costers, rather better than Debnams Rd
Poor 18s to 21s a week for moderate family.

According to Mikes Railway History web site
"The Corbett's Lane junction, it may be recalled, is said to have the first regular signal box in the world. The viaduct can be seen at the end of the road in the right hand picture

My family were connected with the rope making trade. Rumour has it that we made ropes for the hangman.
This a picture of a Rope Walk at Southwark Park Station taken in 1908

Both of these streets were close to my father's birth place at Corbett's Lane


Southwark Park Road   Lower Road, Rotherhithe
Left - I can remember as boy getting off the bus here to go to East Lane and then on to Petticoat Lane with my dad on a Sunday morning.
Evelyn Street was names after a very famous man connected with Greenwich. I can't give anymore info as my brother has my book the Greenwich Millennium

The Dun Cow, Old Kent Road   Evelyn Street, Deptford
After my father's first marriage they lived at 69, Grove Street, Deptford. This was very near the Royal Victoria Victualling Yard. I think this used to be the Royal Dockyard of Henry V111.
Can you imagine coal being delivered by horse and cart and a train chugging down the middle of your street at the same time

East India Company Dockyard in Deptford when the docks were home to tea clippers
Left - The Broadway Theatre, Deptford.
It became the Granada Cinema. Just along past the tram on the right hand side of the road was the New Cross Empire

Right - The Lewisham Hippodrome. My brother Chris and I were take to both the New Cross Empire and the Lewisham Hippodrome for pantomimes and other shows.

The Broadway, Deptford About half way along Deptford High Street South view of Deptford High Street
The Boating Pond, Greenwich Park. 1940
The pond is in front of the Maritime Museum and at the bottom of the grassy slope from the Royal Observatory. I looks as if the slope has been dug up for growing vegetables for the war effort.
I was born 1940 the year this picture was taken.
  Lewisham High Street 1910
Most Saturdays as teenagers we went window shopping and hope to meet some girls. Nothing has changed.
Dartmouth Row, Blackheath - 1947
1940 - I was born here. My house would be just behind over the photographer's right shoulder.
1947 was one of the worst winters on record.
Blackheath, Greenwich Park and all those bomb sites where we had some great camps for our gang of kids were our playground. We were never indoors during the holidays. often going up to Jack Woods and walks along the Thames to the Woolwich ferry and back getting into all sorts of trouble along the way.


More history of the Deptford Dockyard                 Rotherhithe Pictures                                        Greenwich Timeline                 Blackheath Timeline  

Deptford History                                               A Short History Of Rotherhithe                        Lewisham Timeline

The battle of Deptford Bridge                             A Longer History Of Rotherhithe                      Bermondsey Timeline

About Deptford                                                 You Tube video St Mary's and Rotherhithe

Deptford Timeline                                              Rotherhithe Timeline


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