“History of Shops” is a new research project about the shops and businesses of Herne Hill, London SE24.

As the project builds during 2024 and beyond, in-depth descriptions of more than 70 shops and their proprietors since the 19th century, with historic photographs and other images, will be available on this website. Customers will be able to scan a QR code at each participating shop, or browse this website from home, to find out about its history.

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139 Half Moon Lane

This shop is currently home to Splash (Dry Cleaners). The first mention of this shop is in 1910, when it was a bakery run by James Swan. Born in Scotland in 1875, James Swan lived above the shop with his wife Christina, their children and Christina’s brother, William Steen, also a baker. James had been…