Many people may be amused when first hear the name Elephant & Castle but when they learn about the area they find out itís a thriving metropolitan area, with great places to live and many things to do. It is in Central London, a part of the Borough of Southwark and right if the middle of London. Itís postcode districts are SE1, SE11,and SE17. At itís heart is several traffic intersections that are part of the A3. The name of the area derives from a old coaching inn.
Elephant & Castle was formerly known as Newington and in medieval times it was a part of Surrey, under the manor of Walworth. In 1086 the Domesday Book lists it as belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury. St. Maryís was the local church and was torn down and rebuilt or replaced several times. One of the latest incarnations was built in 1876 but was mostly destroyed by bombing during the Second World War. In 1958 the remains were incorporated into a new church. There are records of hospitals being built in the area that still exist today in one form or another. Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon built the Metropolitan Tabernacle in 1650. The internationally renowned art college The London College of Communication is located in Elephant & Castle.
When London Bridge underwent heavy repairs and Westminster Bridge was opened in 1751 transport links to Elephant & Castle improved significantly. During the late Georgian and early Victorian periods the area began to develop and this increased when the railway was established in 1863. The area became home to many middle and working class families. Elephant & Castle became known as the Piccadilly of South London when it became a major retail area. The Trocadero cinema was opened in 1930 and the Coronet, which still operates today, was built in 1932. In 1960 many buildings destroyed during the Blitz were rebuilt and new structures were built. What is now known as the Metro Central Heights was built by celebrated architect Ernő Goldfinger.
In recent years £1.5 billion have been pledged to Elephant & Castle as a part of a rejuvenation project with old, damaged homes being replaced by new ones. Strata SE1 is was recently completed and is one of the tallest residential block in London, with the capability to home more than one-thousand people. Elephant & Castle has a large Latino population and one area of the city is set to be a ďLatin American Corridor.Ē In the middle of Elephant & Castle is the memorial to scientist Michael Faraday. The award winning residential block Perronet House, part of the campus of the London South Bank University, Cuming Museum, popular music venue Ministry of Sound and the aforementioned London College of Communication and Metropolitan Tabernacle are all in or around the area. Famous actors Charlie Chaplin and Michael Cain have both lived here.
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