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

As the project builds during 2024 and beyond, more detailed descriptions of local shops and past proprietors, enhanced by photographs and other historic images, will become available. You will be able to scan a QR code at each shop – or browse this website – to discover its history.

Copyright notice: if you wish to reuse or repost any of the texts or images on this website, please contact us first (see below).

Comments are welcome. Feedback on the project can be made using our Contact Us form.

297 Railton Road

This shop is currently home to The Flower Lady. Today it is a flower shop, but it was for many years a coal merchant’s office. Whether the building standing on this site today is the very same that stood there in 1880, the first mention in a directory, is open to question. It is clear…