We have now completed 2 projects with local people & groups developed to remember and re-capture the history of the local area. Put It On The Map is a project inviting the local residents to help us rename our streets and buildings when the Aylesbury estate is redeveloped and make name suggestions for the new development at the Elephant and Castle.

In 2014, Lend Lease worked with Creation Trust and Julia Honess to create a series of community events that looked at the heritage of Elephant & Castle and Walworth and invited suggestions for names for the new streets, blocks and open spaces in Elephant Park.

Here is a list of those suggestions:

Montpelier (The original Surrey County Cricket Club was called Montpelier Cricket Club and was based where the Beehive Pub is today in Carter Street, Walworth.)

Lloyd Honeyghan (Boxer)

Henry Cooper (Boxer)

Michael Caine / Maurice Micklewhite (Actor)

Charlie Drake (Comedian)

Russ Conway (Pianist)

Jubilee Street (In 1873, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who were African American singers toured Britain and performed a concert at Metropolitan Tabernacle.)

Paul Robeson (The African-American civil rights activist, singer and actor, performed at the Trocadero in 1923.)

Sir John Soane (Architect of St Peter’s Walworth)

Charles Babbage (for his contribution to computers)

Mary Jane Staples (aka Reginald Thomas Staples – writer from Walworth)

Harriet Beecher-Stove (author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Reminiscing on her time in London she wrote of her stay in Walworth, “…in a charming retreat called Rose Cottage, in Walworth…which is one of the postscripts of London. I can look out a window and see a nice green meadow with sheep and lambs
feeding in it, which is some relief in this smutty old place [London].” )

Bert Hardy (Documentary photographer. Everyone knows his photo of the Elephant ‘the emblem of the cockney world’. One of the best British photographers ever, but sadly underrated. As he worked during WW2 and in Elephant & Castle for Picture Post, he deserves recognition. )

James Henderson (Founder of the South London Press in 1865; it originally stood on the corner
of Elephant & Castle.)

Harry Beck (Electrical draughtsman. Studied at London College of Communication at Elephant and Castle. Produced the design of the London Underground Tube map in 1933.)

Stamford Raffles (Founder of Singapore and London Zoo. He grew up in Walworth and the Elephant.)

Octavia Hill (She made a big impact on housing in Walworth for the good.)

Herbert Stead (He played a major role in the State Pension for us all and the campaign started in Walworth.)

Mary Wollstonecraft (local female activist.)

Charles Haddon-Spurgeon (Great Baptist preacher known as the ‘Prince of Preachery’, beloved by many, preached at the Tabernacle.)

Rev’d Simeon Singer (The first minister of the New Borough synagogue erected in Heygate Street in 1867.)

Thomas Brem-Wilson (Ghanaian preacher and founder of the first Pentecostal church in Britain. He lived with his family in Peacock Street over 100 years ago.)

Kaleem Uddin (One of the men who started Harper Road Mosque, SE1 from a shop in Newington Causeway.)

John Harper (Minister of Walworth Baptist Church who went down with the titanic after giving his life jacket away. The church was right next to where the Heygate estate now is.)

Rev’d John Markham (Vicar of St Peter’s and a chief fire warden, “I got into the pulpit for the sermon, started to preach on the Good Samaritan, when the air-raid warning sirens wailed. I looked at the congregation for a second or two… ‘Ladies and gentlemen! I do not know whatyou will do; you can stay here, go down into the crypt shelter or home, but I must go to the wardens’ post without delay.’” )

Trocadero (After the famous cinema at the Elephant & Castle.)

Crossways (After the church that stood on the Heygate site and still continues)

The Beaten Path (Walworth Pub)

Stable Street (After the Elephant & Castle Horse Repository. Famous for the horse trading that happened here.)

Sir William Walworth (Walworth Pub)

Radical Social, Albany Road (A political, educational and social institute based at 45-47 Albany Road)

Paragon (I went to Paragon School and left there when I was 14 to go to work!)

Richard Cuming (The son of a tinplater from Devon. The family moved to 3 Dean’s Row in the Walworth Road in 1779 when Richard Cuming was two years old. (The site of 3 Dean’s Row is approximately where the McDonald’s is on the Walworth Road). Richard became interested in collecting when his aunt gave him three fossils and an old Mogul (Indian) coin.)

Sidney Marsh (He ran the 2nd Walworth scout group (Walworth Boys). He fought in the First World War then returned to Walworth in 1918 & continued his life of care & support to the people of Walworth.)

Edwards/Cooper (I would love to see the name Edwards or Cooper remembered. My family have stood at the top of East St market for over 100 years, and run a florist shop know by all the community. My dad, Graham Cooper is the current chairman of East St market and has worked hard to keep the market alive. It would mean so much to my dad to see the Edwards or Cooper name immortalised.)

Harry Cole (Ex-police officer from Carter Street and a writer.)

Maggie Ambrose (Local councillor, lived in Claydon (Heygate) & always had her door open for tenants & she made a dog park.)

Stephen Humphrey (Southwark historian. Stephen has probably assisted more people in their family history searches over the years than anyone, and his work as Southwark archivist is legendary.)

Warren Brown (someone all Heygaters knew who lived there from ‘72 until 2007ish. One of the great Heygate characters!)

Nosher Powell (proper Walworth bloke!)

Nicky Clarke (famous hairdresser.)

Tasneem Hussain Terrace (Tasneem has worked in the Elephant for 19 years as a community  development worker.)

Joan Amodio (She was so great and did so much for children years ago. There is no one like her now.)

Simon Hughes (for his commitment as a constituency MP.)

Joyce Hales (long-time Heygate resident. Was Chair of Tenants Association and local councillor.)

Richrd Reynolds (Guerilla Gardener)

Jean Bartlett (For all the time and work put in for Aylesbury tenants.)

Alf Langley (Councillor Alf Langley was a man with such a positive social conscience. From my primary, secondary, and adolescent days, I witnessed him selflessly invest his positive energy into the area to make it a nicer place to live – whether tackling the Home Office to secure safer streets, on the Aylesbury Estate, social working, or laying a wreath on Remembrance Day on at Walworth Library. This man was, and is, still one of my all time role models, and I was also lucky to call a friend. A man proud of Walworth Past and Present, and instilled that ethic into people like me,without even knowing it……!)

The Stock Family (Clara Stock was born in November 1867 and died, aged 73. As far as I know they lived all their lives in this one small area, starting off in Ash Street. Clara was much-loved in the area and stories told to me as a child were of such a loving person, too poor to have enough to barely feed her own family, but all the local poor children would wait at her door and she would make a huge pot of stew and share it. The call would go out in the street “Mrs Stock has got the stew pot on!!” and the children would wait on the stairs, never to be disappointed. Clara Stock married Arthur in June 1887 and they had sixteen children. My mother was the youngest and her father died while she was just a
baby. Clara was then left a widow. She lost two sons in WW I. One story told of her heartbreak
saying that the Germans killed her boys and that their names were carved in stone somewhere in
Belgium, but she would never see them. It was one of the proudest moments in my life, as her
granddaughter, to journey to Belgium last year and find their memorial for her.)

Hayes Street (Irene (Renie) Hayes for her dance school in Larcom Street that has run for many years. She has taught many Walworth kids to dance. Her dancing school has been going for over 50 years.)

Sensei George Andrews (He opened his dojo in ‘the marble factory’ (technically Camberwell, but I would call it the Walworth Rd) in 1974. When it burnt down 27 years later, he relocated to The Heygate Estate. He is a local legend and taught half of Walworth Karate, including my husband, Gary and my brother-in-law, Jed. The other half were, of course, at Irene Hayes’, dancing!)

Private Lee O’Callaghan (There are new developments in the area with new roads requiring names and I think that naming one after a local soldier who gave his life for his country would be a fitting tribute. It would keep Private O’Callaghan’s name alive and also mean a lot to local residents – many of whom knew him personally. I think Southwark, as a borough, would also be admired for paying its respects to a resident who made the ultimate sacrifice.)

Frank Edward Stubbs VC (Died Gallipoli 1915. Born in Parish of St. Saviour references to him as born in Walworth and Peckham.)

Guinness (After the Guinness buildings and the huge Guinness sign that was at the Elephant.)

Gilfords (Bakers that was on the Heygate, and existed before the Heygate on one of the old streets.)

Baldwin’s (Business formerly on the corner of Heygate Street since 1844, still on Walworth Road. Part of the history of the area.)

R White’s Lemonade Factory (R. White’s is a brand of lemonade that has been produced for over 150 years. Robert and Mary White produced the first R. White’s lemonade in Camberwell, London, in 1845. The factory, located on Albany Road, was demolished to make way for more homes as part of the Aylesbury Estate.)

Ashfords Laundry (The head office of Ashford’s Steam Laundry was at 340, Albany Road with the laundry facilities next door. Customers who used the laundry service regularly would have a laundry
book, others would send the washing in a parcel and receive it back in a parcel.)

Tony Morgan (This is his obituary from the South London Press: ‘In Loving Memory of Tony Morgan (East Street Market) President for Life of The Southwark Association of Street Traders, Past Chairman Federation of Street Traders Union Passed away on 3rd April 2009 aged 87’)

Barney’s (The Jewish man who had two fabric shops. Had a few frocks made from his fabric and of course the Locks were famous. A man who rented the stalls out lived in my street Freddie Sowle
[pronounced Soul].)

Levy Brothers (Gentleman’s tailors 51-55 Walworth Road.)

Kennedy’s (The old butcher on the Walworth Road.)

Huggets (The shell fish stall.)

Flaxman (The first business registered at the Elephant & Castle.)

Tomkins, Morgans. Locks, Barneys (After East Street stall holders.)

Wallington House (John Wallington on the Toy Stall. He has been working behind the scenes keeping East Lane going. So many chairmen have come and gone, but he is the longest running secretary they have had well over 40 years.)

Pinkus Place (After the old Pinkus Delicatessen selling salt beef, bagels and pickled cucumbers in Deacon Street, one of the roads on which the Heygate was built.)

Colliers (Shop at the Elephant.)

Plane (Plane trees on Heygate.)

Ash (After original street name and Ash tree.)

Sarsparilla Street (Baldwin’s famous drink, originally from the Sarsaparilla plant!)

Market Garden (After Walworth’s origins as a Market garden.)

Peach Street (Walworth was famous for its peaches.)

Poppy Square (To remember the people of Walworth who died in wars.)

Montpelier/Bendel (At the end of C18th John Bendel’s ‘Montpelier Tea Gardens’ with about five acres of ‘trees, shrubs and other plants’. According to Edwards, ‘large companies resort there in the summer season’ and ‘Gentlemen are served here with shrubs, flowers and seeds’.)

John Abercrombie (Described as a gardener of Newington, published a book on flowers which included an account of the then newlyintroduced chrysanthemum. With Thomas Mawe he wrote, ‘Every Man His Own Gardener’ which became a best seller.)

James Maddock and Walworth Garden (In 1776, James Maddock and his wife moved ‘to Walworth on the outskirts of London’. He established a floricultural nursery, the Walworth Garden and published the ‘Florists Directory; or treatise on the Culture of Flowers’. In his garden there were single and double varieties of Narcissus Tenuior growing for the first time in England.)

Samuel Curtis (Son-in-law of Maddock, ran the Tulip Nursery.)

Henry Groom (Took over Tulip Nursey in 1825 from Samuel Curtis and had extensive collection of tulips.)

Tulip (The Tulip Nursery, Walworth.)

Beekeeper / Honey Street (The accounts of Walworth Manor in Canterbury Cathedral Archives show
income from wool and poultry and some bee-keepers. Bee-keeping is still practiced in Walworth. Records show that about the time of the reign of John, the Queen’s goldsmith ‘held an acre of land in Newington at a service of a gallon of honey’.)

Barley Street / Brewer Street (The court rolls of Walworth manor in the National Archives at Kew show and barley grown in local fields. Agnes, Alice and Juliana are recorded as three brewers who were fined.)

Crossways Forest Garden

Walworth Woods

Cuddington Copse

Chearsley Copse

Great Silver Maple

Sweet Chesnut Slopes

The Six Old Men (From Rebecca Davies’ Elephant & Castle Urban Forest Map.)

Mohila Street (Mohila – meaning women. For all the women from the Rockingham Bengali Women’s Group, we have been here for 27 years.)

Sharif Gardens (Sharif – meaning respectable; because we should respect where we live and our community.)

Rehmet Mia Road (Rehmet meaning blessing and Miah is a common Bangladeshi name. The stories talk about overcoming struggles and barriers, which is a blessing. Miah – a reminder of the past.)

Bangla Way (To mark the Bangladeshi community in
the Elephant & Castle area.)

Sylhet Street (After a region in Bangladesh where most local Bengalis are from.) 

Asha Street (Asha means hope.)

Jalalabad Street (A famous place in Bangladesh.)

Cutler Street / Court/House (A cutler is a craftsperson who creates knives. An Elephant with a Castle on its back is part of the coat of arms of the Worshipful Company of Cultlers.) 

Howdah Way (Because this is the Indian name for the ‘castle’ on the Elephant.)

Ganesha (Widely worshipped deity in Hinduism. Ganesha’s Elephant’s head makes him easy to identify.)

Neckinger (The river that runs beneath the Elephant.)

Walworth Walk

Walworth Park

Community Street (Reflects multi-cultural Southwark.)

St Peter’s Road (After St Peter’s Church, Walworth.)

Firewatcher Street (In memory of the firewatchers during WW2,
who gathered outside Rennie House when the
Elephant was bombed and a stray bomb set fire
to a tyre factory in Rockingham Street.)

New Elephant House (Because of all the changes.)

Castle Street (To remember the Castle as well as theElephant!)



















Charlie Chaplin (“I was born at 8pm on 16th April 1889, in East Lane, Walworth” .)

City Lights Towers

Modern Times House

Kid Street

Easy Street

Cane Lane

These suggestions and comments have been compiled from postcards at events, emails and facebook comments. Where possible, we have checked their accuracy, but cannot take responsibility
for any errors in spellings, dates or accounts of events.

Many thanks for your contributions!


LEND LEASE have already agreed that LEE O’CALLAGHAN will be remembered and are discussing with his family the best part of the development to name after him.

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Lloyd Honeyghan Update!

Approved for L&Q building on Sedan Way, SE17




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