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The street where time stood still

Tucked behind the busy, bustling Waterloo Station are a series of streets lined with wonderful workers cottages from the 1820s. Once the homes of ordinary Londoners - butchers, blacksmiths, teachers, bakers, nurses and builders - today these houses sell for upwards of £1 million!

Unsurprisingly, it is a popular filming location and has been used in numerous films, especially period pieces such as Mr Selfridge and Legend, starring Tom Hardy in his dual portrayal of notorious East End gangsters the Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie.

This, and the surrounding streets were developed by John Roupell in the 1820s and used to be named after himself and his family, but only Roupell Street retains its original name, though all have retained their character.

Some of the houses still have the fire mark insurance plates, which were affixed to the homes of those that had the presence of mind to purchase fire insurance. If fire broke out, and your house did not have a fire mark plate the fire brigade would let your house burn! The King's Arms Pub would have been a good place to drown your sorrows...

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