“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.

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232-234 Railton Road

Today, this is the home of Brockwell Art Services. These were originally two shops and built with two storeys above for accommodation for the shopkeepers and their families. Damaged in World War II, the two houses never regained their upper storeys. They were built in about 1885 and started life as Nos 7 and 9…