This super photo is from the collection of Mr Mark Donohue at - anyone any idea of the date or exact location?

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Comment by Mark Donohue on May 14, 2013 at 12:08

Also just noticed there's a Walpole Court in Park Road, possible named after the shop owner?

Comment by Mark Donohue on May 13, 2013 at 23:51

My 1925 directory has the shop as 194 Wandle Road, Albert Edward Palmer, Grocer. He is still living there in 1937. I have found the shop on the 1911 census which is most probably closer to the date of the picture on the postcard, George W. Walpole, Grocer and Off Licence.

Comment by Mark Donohue on May 13, 2013 at 23:38

1901 census looks like its Ernest Bailey, General Shopkeeper, they have the shop listed as on the corner of Wandle Road instead of London Road.

Comment by Chris Harris on April 19, 2012 at 18:34

On very old maps (circa 1600) a  ford-able stream is shown to be crossing the road and would have emerged from the park on left some 20 yards beyond the distant lady in black. It crossed the road and ran through the approximate location of the tyre shop (Old geers news agents) and on to join the Wandle at a point not far from the Hackbridge river bridge. The track of the stream can still be seen in the park today. If one enters Beddington park at the main entrance and proceeds along the path towards the playground it appears as a dry ditch beginning some 120 metres into the park. In very dry weather the track of the stream can be seen in the grass to extend almost to the playground.

Comment by HB Network Editors on February 4, 2012 at 21:46

that's amazing ! even the chimney pots are still almost all there!!

Comment by Warren Lewis on February 4, 2012 at 20:58

Comment by HB Network Editors on December 23, 2011 at 12:03

David, this link to Sutton archives has been posted on the Hackbridge facebook page -

Comment by Jo Simister on December 23, 2011 at 9:29

Hi David, if you click on the link above it will take you to the source of this photo. Also 'hackbridge' in Claire's post of 16th Dec below goes to some more... Once we sort out approximate dates we can load them onto the timeline.

Comment by david.jonathan.jones on December 22, 2011 at 10:18

Great photo.  Wow!  Where can I find the other photos in the series?

Comment by Sue Howes on December 17, 2011 at 10:43

Yes, it is opposite Beddington Park. It's in between Wandle Road and Park Road on the south side of the bridge by Hackbridge Station. The houses are still there- I live in one of them!!

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