Monday, 6 October 2008

Bermondsey Walk Evaluation

Bermondsey walk evaluation
Bermondsey is an modern area in South East London, it is on the southern bank of the River Thames. It is part of the London Borough of Southwark. There is a clear view of the Tower Bridge when you are at Bermondsey Wall. The prices of housing is now quite expensive in Bermondsey, especially all the new apartment buildings that are being built.
This is quite different from what it used to be like in the 19th century according to Charles Dickens novel 'Oliver Twist'. Which gave the impression of it being a dirty, filthy place where everybody was poor and even working class people had jobs that didn't pay much.

In Bermondsey there was a island called Jacobs Island, being an island the thing that seperated it as an Island was the foul ditches surrounding it. It was Bermondsey's earliest and worst slums. Charles Dickens described the place as "the filthiest, the strangest, the most extraordinary of the many localities that are hidden in London".

We took a walk around Bermondsey here is the route we took:
I wrote two pieces about the walk in two different areas. The first one I wrote about was when I was walking along Wilson Grove.

The 2nd one I wrote how I felt when I was sitting at Bermondsey Wall East.

The whole calss discussed what we saw and felt about the walk, a lot of people agreed that it was a quiet because of all the houses and at that time everybody had probably gone to work. The part that goes into Jamaica Road you could hear the noisy traffic and you can see everybody in a hurry to get to their destination. Whereas further down near Bermondsey Wall the area is more quiet and calm as it near the River Thames. At Bermondsey Wall East there were a few sets of benches for people to sit on and enjoy the view of London. Loftie St was closed as buildings such as the 'Cold Stores' were being knocked down and probably being replaced with expensive apartment buildings. We walked through Bevington street towards Chambers street, where all the new apartments were, with pricey cars. On Jacob Street the road was very narrow and was still able to mantain an old building, I could tell because the brick work on it and the font on the frount of the building. Bermondsey Wall was not much different than Bermondsey Wall East, you could see the view of the River Thames and a clear view of Tower Bridge. George Row was quite a large road with council estates very different from a street away on Chambers street. We then walked along Jamaica Rd and went back to college.

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