The Secret History Of Our Streets: Reverdy Road

9:00pm Wednesday 4 July on BBC TWO

The fifth episode features Reverdy Road in Bermondsey, which has endured as an enclave of working-class respectability. When Charles Booth visited in 1900 as part of his Survey of London, he was impressed by the houses, gardens, and the broad, clean streets.

In the film, older residents recall life on the street during the war, when three houses were bombed; trips to the hop fields of Kent, and the work of a pioneer of public health, Dr Alfred Salter, who lived in the house on the corner of the street, a house that has been occupied by a doctor since 1880.

Charles Booth’s vast 1886 Survey of London ranked each one of London streets according to the class of their residents. Now in a major series for BBC Two, The Secret History of Our Streets returns to six archetypal London streets visited by Booth to discover how their fortunes have ebbed and flowed over the last 125 years.

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