“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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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…