Facts which will amaze your friends!

An eggstremely smelly story

In 1915 Bermondsey was flooded with millions of rotten eggs in an incident that became known as the Bermondsey Bad Egg Boom. After war broke out, the council faced the enormous task of getting rid of more than 25 million of them.

How bad was the smell? The locals described it quite graphically: “I have stood by dead bodies that have been in the water for seven or eight weeks. But I could not stand those eggs.” Another visitor to the area remarked that the smell was “bad enough to knock a dog down.”

Destroying the eggs presented big problems for the council, which had been using a machine known as a Destructor without success. The liquid from the eggs kept putting the fires out and they proved very resistant to efforts to smash them with shovels and forks and force them down drains.

Burning trousers put out with beer!

The Globe Theatre burnt down in 1613 when a special effect on stage went wrong. A cannon used for a performance of Henry VIII set light to the thatched roof and the fire quickly spread, apparently taking less than two hours to burn down the entire building.

According to one of the few surviving documents of the event no one was hurt when The Globe Theatre burned down – except for a man whose burning trousers were put out with a bottle of beer!

In 1997 a reconstruction of The Globe Theatre was built as “Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre”, close to the original site in Southwark.

Imagine getting a prescription for water

In 1770, a man named Thomas Keyse discovered a natural spring on land he owned by what is now known as Spa Road. As a result of his discovery Bermondsey became a spa town. In the 18th century people believed that drinking mineral water was good for your health and many doctors prescribed water from the Bermondsey Spa to their patients. As a result Bermondsey boomed and in the late 18th century many large houses were built in the area. However the boom was short lived and the spa closed in 1804.

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