|The Custom Building, "Condemned Hole," |
on the 1914 Ordnance Survey map
"If you knew how to approach 'Condemned Hole' by land, you will presently bring up before an inconspicuous door in an inconspicuous and wholly dismal little street in Rotherhithe. It is commonplace to remark that London is the City of Great Surprises; that door in the wall was one of htem, for I found myself looking at a cottage that might have been in Masham (Yorks), or Chipping Norton (Oxon), or Haverhill (Essex), or Brackley (Northants); in fact, in almost any small English country town between Cleveland and the Downs. Creepers grew on its garden walls, there was a tiny grass plot and a garden filled with just the sort of blooms one expects in cottage gardens - the essential English cottage-iness of the place fairly took my breath away."
|Condemned Hole in 1937 and 2000 (the |
black and white block marks the old site)
"It seems likely that we may be losing our Burning Ground from London Port. This small area of Rotherhithe, comprising an official residence, a store and a garden complete with summer house and vines, is shown in the local maps as the Condemned Hole. This was due to the old men-o'-war that were formerly broken up nearby."