David Helmore Posted December 16, 2008 Share Posted December 16, 2008 A few weeks back I had a meeting at the end of Commercial Road in London, so finally had the chance to check out the area where George Jones was born and where he worked for a large part of his life. So, I picked up a copy of Frank Butler's article 'The story of George Jones' and borrowed a couple of Victorian maps of the area and began the tour.... First stop was Spencer Street where George was born on Feb 29 1832. Spencer Street was one of a grid of 4 streets - Tarling Street, Sheridan Street, Spencer Street and Martha Street. Both Tarling Street and Martha Street still exist and enclose a housing estate. However, within this development there was a Spencer Way which looks like it is on the site of where Spencer Street once was. Next stop was to find 3 Crombie's Row - this was the site of the shop ruined by fire in 1861. In the article it mentions that it was at the junction of Jubilee Street and Commercial Road. To me it wasn't clear which side - although there was a Victorian pub on one side of this junction called 'The George'. I wonder of this was built where that shop once was - it would be lovely to think the pub was named after him!! Final stop was that of 2 Lucus Place/350 Commercial Road at the junction of Commercial Road & Lukin Street. I have seen a pic of a school on this site - now it's going through redevelopment yet again. As with a lot of London so much has changed but there are lots of things that remain. I wonder what George would think if he walked down Commercial Road today? Dave Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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