This website documents the history of a square and the connected communities trying to survive in a changing world


The Beginnings of Nelson Square

Once a hard to reach area of fields, the Christ Church area, including Nelson Square. was developed after the opening of Blackfriars Bridge

Thomas and Lydia Farley, residents of Nelson Square 1815-1824

By Catharine Mackenzie On January 26, 1788 England was expanding its colonial influence to Australia when Captain Arthur Phillip arrived with the first fleet at Botany Bay, later moving to a better harbour at Sydney Cove. Later that year, in August 1788 Thomas Farley was born to John Farley and his wife, Elizabeth Palmer. Thomas’…

The Dog and Pot sculpture

The local community wanted to recreate some of the area’s lost heritage; a new local landmark was born

World War II and The Blitz

Several WW II bombs dropped in the immediate vicinity of Nelson Square. Only 4 houses would eventually remain. Read about the Blitz in this article.

Pointers to the future

Right to Buy, opening of Tate Modern and Southwark tube station changed the Nelson Square community