Up until the 20th century, London was filled with squalid slums known as Rookeries. The most famous was in St Giles, though other Rookeries include Rosemary Lane and Jacob's Island in Bermondsey, where Dickens's Oliver Twist villain Bill Sykes meets his end.

Up until the 20th century, London was filled with squalid slums known as Rookeries. The most famous was in St Giles, though other Rookeries include Rosemary Lane and Jacob's Island in Bermondsey, where Dickens's Oliver Twist villain Bill Sykes meets his end.

Maydew House, Abbyfield Estate, Southwark, London, Bermondsey Metropolitan Borough Council Architects, 1965-1967. Photo: Simon Phipps

Maydew House, Abbyfield Estate, Southwark, London, Bermondsey Metropolitan Borough Council Architects, 1965-1967. Photo: Simon Phipps

1928: Men rescuing residents in Rotherhithe, south London, from a flood caused by the Thames breaking its banks.

1928: Men rescuing residents in Rotherhithe, south London, from a flood caused by the Thames breaking its banks.

One of the earliest photographs recording a London industry, this picture is one of a series taken by Geoffrey Bevington, a leather merchant and tanner from Bermondsey. Bermondsey was the capital's leather processing centre, and these pictures were displayed at the Bevington and Sons' stand at the 1862 International Exhibition.

One of the earliest photographs recording a London industry, this picture is one of a series taken by Geoffrey Bevington, a leather merchant and tanner from Bermondsey. Bermondsey was the capital's leather processing centre, and these pictures were displayed at the Bevington and Sons' stand at the 1862 International Exhibition.

Wonderful! London from the air before skyscrapers & the impact of WWII from 1935  (london Times)

Wonderful! London from the air before skyscrapers & the impact of WWII from 1935 (london Times)

Old London Bridge spanned the Thames from 1209-1831. Heads on spikes, revolutionary residents & Nonsuch House; the bridge boasts a turbulent & colourful history. Bone up here.

Old London Bridge spanned the Thames from 1209-1831. Heads on spikes, revolutionary residents & Nonsuch House; the bridge boasts a turbulent & colourful history. Bone up here.

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