What history there is to be found in London if one looks for it.

View from the Mirror

As well as being one of London’s major transport hubs, the Elephant and Castle (or, more simply, the ‘Elephantas locals like to call it) is one of the capital’s more peculiarly named areas.

Thanks to its post-war jumble of tower blocks, roaring traffic and gloomy pedestrian subways, Elephant and Castle has become rather unloved over the years… which, when you consider the area’s long and fascinating history, is a sentiment nothing short of travesty.

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Before the Elephant

Before acquiring its unique name, the land which would eventually become the Elephant and Castle was occupied by a village known as Newington which came under Walworth; a manor listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as being part of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s portfolio.

Today, the name of the early settlement lives on in two roads- Newington Causeway and Newington Butts which lie either side of the present day…

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