Bermondsey is located by the river Thames.
The village centre was around Abbey Street. The name comes from OE and
may have meant 'Beornumund's Island'. Bermondsey was a district of marshes.
1082 Bermondsey Abbey founded as
a Cluniac monastery.
1086 Reference to Bermundeseye church in Domesday Book.
1127 Bermondsey Abbey given land in Dulwich and elsewhere
by Henry I.
1154 Henry II held his court at
Bermondsey Abbey, early version of Parliament.
1392 Early mention of tanners in Bermondsey.
1450 Reference to Bermonsey.
1538 Bermondsey Abbey taken by the crown.
1541 Bermondsey Abbey demolished to make Bermondsey House
in 20 acres.
Print of Bermondsey Abbey remains in 1805
1560 St Olave's Grammar School built on Tooley Street.
c 1569 Painting of a celebration in Bermondsey
1570 Elizabeth I visited Sir Thomas Pope at Bermondsey
1592 Swan Theatre opened (west of Hopton Street).
1667 St Mary Magdalen (prev. church for Bermondsey Abbey)
rebuilt (now much altered).
Print of St Mary Magdalen in 1809
1703 Leather industry in Bermondsey granted charter by
1721 Guy's Hospital started
by Thomas Guy in St Thomas's Street.
1746 Rocque's map of London.
1800 Southwark remained largely rural.
1837 Cary's New Plan Of London And Its Vicinity map
1829 St James' Church built near Jamaica Road by
1836 First London railway started from Spa Road, Bermondsey
Later linked to London Bridge.
1839 Croydon Railway opened.
1844 Bricklayers Arms opened in Old Kent Road.
1866 Viaduct built above Borough Market and Clink Street
to link to Cannon Street Railway Bridge.
1867 Star Music Hall, 189 Abbey Street Bermondsey opened. Part of Star & Garter pub.
1869 Tower Subway opened (linked to Tooley Street).
1871 Stanford Library Map of London and its Suburbs
1873 Butlers Wharf opened
1879 Bermondsey Leather market built.
1885 New Concordia Wharf grain warehouse by. Seth Taylor.
1892 Central Library built in Spa Road.
Tower Bridge under construction
1894 Tower Bridge opened.
1908 Bartholomew's Atlas Of London & Suburbs
1915 Spa Road Station closed.
1921 New Southwark Bridge designed by Sir Ernest George.
1927 Photo of Star Cinema in Abbey Road(closed during WW2)
1928 St Olave¹s Church demolished.
1928 Super Cinema opened at 115 Tower Bridge Road
1920s Film of Tower Bridge market
(Manze Pie & Mash at 1:57 is still trading)
1940-41 Many local people killed by German bombing raids.
1944-5 Flying bomb attack caused extensive damage and loss of life
Post War Bermondsey
1946 Super Cinema (115 Tower Bridge Road) became Troc-ette cinema
1950 Caledonian Market moved to Bermondsey.
1956 Tommy Steele from Bermondsey was the first British rockers to top the UK charts
1956 Troc-ette cinema (115 Tower Bridge Road) closed.
1963 Star Cinema building in Abbey Street demolished
1965 Borough of Southwark was formed by amalgamation
of boroughs of Bermondsey, Camberwell and Southwark.
1968 St Olave’s School moved to Orpington.
1971 HMS Belfast, largest of the WW2 cruisers, moored
by Tooley Street.
1975-78 Butlers Wharf used for arts events
1983 New Concordia Wharf Victorian warehouses converted the into apartments.
1987 Butlers Wharf warehouse converted into residential apartments
2002 London City Hall (by Norman Foster) opened
2008 Bermondsey Square developed with a hotel, shops and a 52 seat cinema called Shortwave
History and Antiquities of the Parish of Bermondsey - GW Phillips (1840)
Bermondsey - ET Clarke (1901)
Bermondsey Story - F. Brockway (1949)
Old Bankside - G. Golden (1951)
Thames Crossings - G Phillips (1981).
The Story of Bermondsey - Mary Boast (1978 London Borough of Southwark)