“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.

220 Railton Road

This shop is currently home to Sharp Works. It was built by 1870 as part of Commercial Terrace – like the other eight houses in the terrace it was not used initially as a shop but solely as a residence. But by 1900 it had become a shop, the first shopkeeper being Alfred J. Furness,…