View from 95f block second bedroom 1929.F J Start Snr.

F Block
 
View of Toulmin St. from 95f block second bedroom 1929. F J Start Snr. Box brownie acquired with saved margarine coupons. Note the fashionably dressed young woman complete with cloche hat, short skirt and white silk stockings. Behind her stands Poppers the printing factory.This  provided work-at-home for local housewives trimming cardboard sheets which were subsequently assembled  elsewhere into boxes.Childhood memories of calling for pennies to employees seated on charabancs prior to departing on works' outing.


 
Looking towards Tower Bridge from 95f block second bedroom 1929. F J Start. Snr. Across the foreground roofs a parade of shops with summer blinds is clearly visible at the eastern end of Gt. Suffolk St. One was a milliners; very popular as Derby Day approached.On this side of said street during the late thirties  stood a small newsagent with the total building frontage supported by a giant wooden buttress rising from the pavement's edge and made of beams some nine inches thick.


 View of South London from The Monument produced by Judges Ltd 1930s. Hoe's chimney behind QB northern facade  here.                                            v
 View from corner Gt Suffolk St and Toulmin St. outside Poppers printing works.C1956 by F J Start Jnr.The Collinson St. wall right of the square bears the shrapnel marks of the bomb which  went through the roof and exited via the bedroom wall (also visible) to explode in the street below
 Looking east along Collinson St.. C1957 by F J Start Jnr. Used in designing dust cover for Queenie, novel by Harry Cole.At the far end opposite QB was a yard of stables where  a fire broke out one night during the inter war years.  The rescued horses were led into the middle square  and tied to the railings.My parents said that no-one there slept that night with the constant sound of metallic horseshoes shuffling against the stone floor.
In my childhood you could stand outside the middle square gates and and call out in the direction of Stones End St. and be rewarded with a wonderful echo !!!
 Looking west along Gt Suffolk St. with Skinners Arms pub extreme right. Taken by F J Start Jnr. C1957
 Taken from first bedroom window of flat 94f block. Rear of shops and living accommodations in Gt. Suffolk St. C1955. Bottom right hand section of Bittern St. F J Start Jnr.
 Christmas card design, Middle Sq. F J Start Jnr.


 Christmas card design. F J Start.Jnr.


 Christmas card design showing impression(combined with childhood memory) of Southwark Br. Rd. pre WW2. F J Start.Jnr.Note the Victorian gents convenience which stood at the entrance to Collinson St. 

View from QB roof above F block. Note the street brick shelter built on bomb site. C late1940s. F J Start Jnr.
 
An illustration still being worked on 'V1 due for Dewrances.' Note the intention to show the EWS storage tanks built on the site of the razed western end of Queen's Buildings.
 Trust irony in the title will be appreciated. Even my father stands in the block doorway having a cigarette. On  winter nights with no moon and blackout being enforced end of play for we children brought the prospect of entering and climbing the block staircases in complete  darkness.If like me your staircase also had a passage on each floor the imagination worked overtime! I look at this square and can still hear we children calling up to our respective mums to open the front door and then racing up the stairs as fast as our ration book legs would carry us, through the open entrance and into the light. Safe!!
'Landmine plus one' Impression( combined with childhood memory) of terrible WW2 Blitz damage inflcted 16th October 1940. F J Start Jnr.
Corner of kitchen cum living room 233 Scovell Rd. C1956.Hot water on tap and all's well with the world!
 
 Looking west from bedroom window of flat 233 Scovell Road.C1958. War damaged pub The Britannia can be seen along with Lew's fish and chips shop.Apart from bands I remember the buskers who paraded through the squares on a Sunday morning and one in particular who played (well) a flute and wore  a sign which read "SUFFERS FROM FITS"!
 It will be noted  that many flats in this tenement complex saw very little sunshine throughout the year.
 Rear of South Side Queen's Buildings 1930s. Photo found in a book 1952 RAF Swanton Morley. Note the caption. Photographer unknown.The sunny side of QB (at least this end)  and note the flower displays!
 View looking west from balcony of flat 233 Scovell Road.C1958. F J Start Jnr
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 Illustrations drawn by Steven Spurrier, R.O.I. for anti slum article published in The Illustrated London News June 10th 1935. The caption for this particular drawing read ' A London example of slum dwellings and overcrowding typical of similar districts in many industrial towns: a Southwark street with cliff-like houses and their human swarm'.  The artist's depiction and the writer's phrase 'human swarm' is, to say the least, OTT. However the intent was laudable.                            v

 View over Gt. Suffolk St. towards Little Suffolk St. from QB roof above last block western end of Collinson St. C1936. Photographer unknown.The lit right hand side is the new council flats built straddling the northern end of Bittern  and Toulmin Streets.
In the foreground was, in my childhood, F E Field the butcher where my mother shopped.  I began exercising their two dogs, Jane and Monty, on the Collinson St. bomb site once a week in 1943. by the following year i was working Saturday mornings in the shop marking the ration books and had that ever widening job until I left school 1949 to join Shell. They were good people.   




On the balcony of 94f block in the corner of square No 5 stand my parents and immediately behind is the balcony of 93f block. An estimated distance of seven feet railing to railing! 
.233 Scovell Rd and wife Vera shows off first TV and Beautility sideboard. The thrill of The Quatermass Experiment is still remembered, if only for the continuous aerial moving around the room endeavouring to obtain a decent picture.
94f block. Quiet twenty fifth wedding anniversary of my parents adhering to the government's "Holidays at home" policy. Two brothers, two sisters and my wife. Apr 1956
 Dad, Mum, Granddad and Uncle Sid on F block roof stand before the row of giant chimney housings running along Collinson St.  August 1946 FJ Start Jnr 
Reference to the QB plan this square is No 3 and the largest of the seven. 
 Siblings Joan, Roy and Jim Start sit on balcony of 135H block home of young Annie Syers overlooking the largest square of seven in the tenement complex. C1930 Taken by F J Start Snr
 Kitchen of 94F block C Christmas 1955.Note the tiled fire surround replacement for Victorian cast iron range. F J Start Jnr.
 A truly wonderful photo which shows much more than one suspects, for there in the window of Jenner's off-license, is the reflection of the Southwark Bridge Road facade of Queens Buildings. Moreover closer examination reveals the unknown photographer at the moment of creation and attending children fascinated by this historic moment in 1908.
 D block square where all four sides were faced with balconies. C1958. F J Start Jnr. Note the inability to play cricket using a chute door as wicket! A past pastime. The left pair of balconies belong to F block and the other pair to block 27/40 in Collinson St.
 Billy Spear  eastern end of Scovell Rd. Cmid 50s. Photographer Richard Wale.
 Annie Syers with future mother-in-law Eliza Start on  fifth floor balcony of 95F block. Situated in corner of D block square .Dust chute door behind heads; whitewashed wall to reflect more light into kitchen. C1929/30. Photo F J Start Snr.
 Queen's Bldgs just about makes an appearance here top left. Taken from Newington Causeway looking towards St Georges Church 1957. F J Start Jnr.   
View from off-license looking west towards the  Britannia pub late 1940 post landmine hit Oct 16th. Photographer unknown. In those damaged flats we had 'camps'  using furniture  etc  belonging to the poor previous residents now 'bombed out'.
 Preparations for the night's stay down the  local Underground station. London Blitz. Photographer unknown to me. Block entrance in Collinson St.facing Toulmin St.. Note shelter provision in reinforced  basement flat.
 Within this Edwardian scene of bug infested hovels and smoke filled sky the faint silluette of Queen's Buildings stands on the horizon. Taken by unknown photographer at the top of the training tower in the  London Fire Brigade grounds ,Southwark Bridge Road.
 The reason for this sketch is given in my message to my mother C2002.The position of the wireless by the balcony door obviously made an impression on a six year old.. The flat overlooked the smallest square with the opposite balconies in your face! 
  I named this poem 'All our Bittern Streets' rather than Queens Buildings simply because the latter didn't have  that essential ring to it. Plus topographically Bittern St. was near enough!
 Merely a few words sent to a QB childhood friend Doris Kennett, on her seventieth  birthday recalling the fact that, living opposite to me, I occasionally saw her playing ball in the kitchen. No doubt numerous daughters throughout QB would have played such a game on rainy days. 
If I remember correctly. taken from 4000' C1946 and the imprint of the EWS tanks can be easily seen. 
I have this aerial shot down as 1934. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Square containing Block entrances A,B (right of picture) and C (left of picture )