Here we will be posting useful documents from various books and journals that offer a critical history of the developments in North Southwark since the 1970’s. We will also be putting up a few images.

• Necessity and Rage: the Factory Women’s Strikes in Bermondsey, 1911 by Ursula de la Mare Factory Women_s Strikes in Bermondsey

• Outline of the work of the North Southwark Community Development Group (1978) Download: North Southwark Community Development Group

• Chapter of The Property Machine by Bob Colenutt & Peter Ambrose on North Southwark re-development late 1970’s Download: The Property Machine

• ‘Gannets‘ comic by Francis Boyle, a funny comic strip on the selling off of North Southwark in the late 80’s Download Gannets

• Three phases of Planning Approaches in North Southwark (1971-1993) by John McCarthy McCarthy North Southwark

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• Useful overview of GLC tenants Not A Penny On The Rent’s campaign -1968-1972 Not A Penny Rents GLC

• Another excellent analytical overview of GLC tenants Not A Penny On The Rent’s campaign -1968-1972 GLC Rent Strikes 68-70

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• The Management of Deprivation, the controversial 1970’s Government sponsored Community Development Projects report on Southwark Southwark CDP Report 1976

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• Community Development Project report on Council Housing contains a chapter on Newington, Southwark 1970’s Whatever Council Housing CDP

•  Chapter from Peter Hall’s book ‘London Voices, London Lives‘ on Bermondsey and redevelopment called ‘Pressured Proletarian Island Download Peter Hall Chapter

• From ‘Urban Planning Under Thatcherism‘ by Andy Thornley (1993) – An excerpt of Chapter 8 ‘Bypassing The Planning System’ on Southwark and the London Docklands Developments Corporation’s 1984 overriding of Southwark own urban plan ‘The North Southwark Plan’. Southwark Plan and LDDC 80’s

• Chapter from The Story of Rotherhithe by Stephen Humphrey on the redevelopment of the area in the 80’s and 90’s Download Rotherhithe redevelopment

• Gentrification in Bermondsey by Jamie Keddie here (article)

Gentrification Without Displacement in Bermondsey 1990’s and 2000’s by Jamie Keddie and Fran Tonkiss here (Essay)

• Frightening reality of what is planned from a profile of Southwark as a Blairite vision of cutting council housing and pulling in the middle classes (News Statesman – Dec 1999)  Download The New Statesman Profile

• Article from Southwark Group of Tenant’s Organisation newsletter February 2007 on The Cost of Regeneration Download The Cost of Regeneration

•  ‘The Emancipatory Community? Place, politics and collective action in cities’ by James DeFilippis and Peter North Download https://southwarknotes.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/defillpis-north-emancipatory-elephant.pdf

• Regeneration on Silwood Estate, SE16 as described by an interview with a community activist who lives there Doreen Dower. Interesting as the regeneration was funded by a Single Regeneration Budget but not without it’s problems, hence the title: Top down vs bottom up
Doreen from Silwood, a social housing estate in South London“. Download Top Down Bottom Up SIlwood Estate

• Elephant Amenity Network ‘Imagining The Elephant‘, final report of the Community Visioning event from June 4th 2011 Download Imagining The Elephant

• Bob Colenut (Author of The Property Machine – see above) June 2011 lecture on the history and future prospects of ‘Community Action‘ looking at the heyday of active and engaged local community organising in the 1970’s and 1980’s and what can we be inspired from today Download Docklands Bob Colenutt

• Loretta Lees,  writer on regeneration and gentrification –  ‘The urban injustices  of New Labour’s ‘new urban renewal’: the case of the Aylesbury Estate in London’. Download Loretta Lees Aylesbury

Another useful Archive of local material with a timeline of the Elephant Regeneration and links to key documents can be found here on the Elephant Amenity Network site.

Elephant Shopping Centre plans early 1960’s

Shopping Centre opens in 1965 and how the re-developers saw it in the early 2000’s