“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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Herne Hill Books at 289 Railton Rd, Herne Hill

289 Railton Road

This shop is currently home to Herne Hill Books. Today, it is an independent bookshop… but over its lifetime this premises has served many purposes, and for many years was a tobacconist’s. It was originally known as 25 Lett Street, but following street re-numbering in 1888 became 289 Railton Road. Lett Street comprised the stretch…

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