Elephant and Castle Timeline

A celebration of 55 years of the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre!

Celebrate the colourful and creative history of the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre by being part of something really special. We are looking for pictures and videos that showcase people’s memories of the centre and local area throughout the decades, and encapsulate the unique character of the businesses that trade there.

If you find yourself with some time while at home at the moment, why not use it to dig out those old photos and videos and see what you can find!

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Take a step back in time

1800
Newington Turnpike on Newington Causeway, Southwark, London, 1825. Artist: G Yates. Image shot 1825.

Newington Turnpike on Newington Causeway, Southwark, London-1825

Artist: G Yates. (Heritage Image Partnership Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo).

Coaches at the Elephant and Castle-1826

The Elephant and Castle Inn, Newington Butts, Southwark, London, 1826. Artist: Theodore Henry Adolphus Fielding. Image shot 1826. (Alamy Stock photo).

Elephant and Castle tavern, London-1835

Elephant and Castle tavern, London-1835

(Lebrecht Music & Arts / Alamy Stock Photo).

Elephant & Castle in the early 1900's

Newington Causeway, Southwark, London-1858

(Heritage Image Partnership Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo).

The Metropolitan Tabernacle-19th century

The Metropolitan Tabernacle-19th century

A large Independent Reformed Baptist church in the Elephant and Castle in London. (FALKENSTEIN FOTO / Alamy Stock Photo).

1900
Newington Causeway, Southwark, London-1908

Newington Causeway, Southwark, London-1908

(Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection)

Interior of the Metropolitan Tabernacle-19th century

Interior of the Metropolitan Tabernacle-19th century

Where English Baptist pastor Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon ministered in the later 19th century. (Alpha Historica / Alamy Stock Photo).

1910
Aerial view of Elephant and Castle, London. Date: circa 1910s

Aerial view of Elephant and Castle, London-1910

(Chronicle / Alamy Stock Photo).

1920
"The Elephant and Castle during the time of the horse-tram, London, 1926-1927. From Wonderful London, volume II, edited by Arthur St John Adcock, published by Amalgamated Press (London, 1926-1927)."

The Elephant and Castle during the time of the horse-tram. London-1926-1927

From Wonderful London, volume II, edited by Arthur St John Adcock, published by Amalgamated Press (London, 1926-1927).” (Heritage-Images / TopFoto).

E&C Props on the Move

Elephant and Castle Props on the Move-1926

A giraffe’s head being transported by car to the Elephant and Castle Theatre, London, for the pantomime ‘Cinderella’, 20th December 1926.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images).