Charles Booth’s vast 1886 Survey of London ranks each one of London streets according to the class of their residents. Now in a major series for BBC Two, The Secret History of Our Streets returns to six archetypal London streets visited by Booth to discover how their fortunes have ebbed and flowed over the last 125 years.
The fifth episode features Reverdy Road, Bermondsey, which has endured as an enclave of working-class respectability. When Booth visited in 1900, he was impressed by the houses, gardens, and by the broad and clean streets.
In the film, older residents recall life on the street during the war, when three houses were bombed, trips to the hop fields of Kent, and the work of a pioneer of public health, Dr Alfred Salter, who lived in the house on the corner of the street, a house that has been occupied by a doctor since 1880.
The Secret History Of Our Streets: Reverdy Road is first broadcast on BBC Two on Wednesday, 4th July, 2012. For further broadcast details, and to watch online where available, please visit bbc.co.uk.