Thorpe Hamlet History Group

Thorpe Hamlet has an active local history group. It started after publication of the book Memories of Thorpe Hamlet. The Group's publications can be viewed in the local library on Plumstead Road. Current projects include World War One and Thorpe Hamlet, the large houses of Thorpe Hamlet and Thorpe Hamlet personalities. The Group normally takes part in Heritage Open Days in September.

The Group's publications

The Group's publications are available when we have a stall at events and from bookshops as indicated below.

In May 2016 the Group published A Thorpe Hamlet Miscellany. This 124-page book, with over 60 photographs, is a collection of articles by group founder member and Blue Bage Guide June Marriage, written over a 10-year period for the St Matthew's Church parish magazine. As a collection, the articles cover just about every aspect of Thorpe Hamlet and life in it.

The book costs £8, and can be obtained from from City Bookshop in Davey Place and from Jarrolds in Exchange Street (or online from their website).

There are over 100 streets in Thorpe Hamlet, some following routes that have been there for centuries, others recently created. Why do they have their names? Why do they have their names? Includes street map and index and 18 photographs. Second edition 2016. A4, 20pp + cover, £2.50 ISBN 978-0-9955487-0-1 Available from Jarrolds and City Bookshop, and online from the City Bookshop website  

Shops in Thorpe Hamlet have changed greatly over the last 100 years. Then shops were small, often little more than a room in a house: today many are large and branches of national chains. This publication records where shops are now, and where they have been, so the reader can judge how shopping has changed. Includes maps showing locations of shops past and present and 85 photographs. A4, 40pp + cover, £4.50, ISBN 978-0-9955487-1-8 Available from Jarrolds and City Bookshop, and online from the City Bookshop website