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The back of Waterloo

Flabergasted I’d been walking right past these places (and travelling past on the train too) for years!

Twas the other day I discovered Roupell Street. Actually Tweed Street was the first I encountered, then Roupell and the others. The ghost sign on Tweed Street caught my eye and so I ventured down that way first. As soon as I set my eyes on this area I thought to myself this is so much like a northern industrial townscape right in the middle of London. However could I have I missed it?

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Theed Street’s ghost sign.

The ghost sign in Theed Street, right by the corner with Roupell Street, says according to internet sources:

ANY PERSON
found throwing
stones in this street
will be dealt with
in a summary manner.

Here are some more of those pictures I took on my first time ever through the area. It was dusk, getting on for night-time.

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View looking north along Theed Street. Ghost sign on the wall at left.

I came through here on a quest to find where the new Low Line from London Bridge would go in order to reach Waterloo station. Currently it ends, temporarily, by Southwark tube station. I’ll be writing about this new London feature at some point.

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Windmill Walk looking south. This was once part of Coin Street!

Very briefly Roupell Street was built in the 1820s on Lambeth Marsh. These first houses largely unfinished, suffered a major fire and were then rebuilt. By the middle of the 1830s all five streets in the locality had been completed. Their instigator was no other than John Roupell, a gold merchant who saw this former marshland site area as prime for development. He rented out these cottages to local workers.

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Windmill Walk: Ghost signage pointing to St Andrew’s Church.

The ghost sign opposite the King’s Arms says ‘To St. Andrews Church’ with a hand pointing towards Theed Street where the church was. This was bombed in WWII and remained a ruin until it was finally pulled down, hence this ghost sign is at least 70-80 years old.

There is another ghost sign opposite the St Andrews one, its so faded I cant see what it says! The first letter is definitely a G.

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Roupell Street looking west. Nice pink fluffly clouds help to complete this pretty scene.

The magazine Time Out describes Roupell Street as “an impossibly handsome street of nineteenth-century workers’ cottages,” a statement I concur with. Its impossible not to like it and not to want to explore it further, finding out more about the architectural detail and the area’s history.

IMG 3695 - The back of WaterlooCommuters in Roupell Street on their way to the station.

Lots of people walk through Roupell Street because its a handy shortcut from the many offices around the Blackfriars and Stamford Street areas to Waterloo station. The area’s two main public houses, the The King’s Arms and The White Hart are for that reason well patronised by commuters wanting a pint and a well earned break before their journey home.

IMG 3712 - The back of WaterlooThe chocolatier’s, Konditor and Cook on the corner of Roupell St and Cornwall Road.

The chocolate store is just about getting into the centre of Waterloo itself. Its a stone’s throw from both Waterloo East station and the main line terminus. Konditor’s is very popular and people are constantly taking photographs or selfies! Who can blame them?

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Cornwall Road is the main north-south thoroughfare parallel to Waterloo Road. As Lambeth Council says, here is a rare example of property in the area that has windows with shutters. The buildings here are of a later date compared to most of the Roupell Street area. In fact much of the land along here has been redeveloped, sometimes several times over.

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The White Hart in Cornwall Road is a popular venue for workers needing a break between their desk jobs and the short or long haul by train onwards to their homes.

St Patrick’s is a 1897 church built in a neo-romanesque style. It was once part of the adjacent school which explains the strong associations seen on the notices outside the church.

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The corner of Cornwall and Whittlesey Street, opposite the White Hart, was once a presbytery.  It belongs to St Patrick’s and is now the headquarters, or Curia House, of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual in London.

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