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Nameless burglar alarm, Southwark: manorial cafe

Nameless burglar alarm on The Manor Cafe, Southwark • The alarm here, carefully placed above the street number, doesn’t even have a name. But what a beautiful bit of decay! And a fine illustration of my contention, yesterday, that roads called “Manor” – here, Manor Place, in the lost triangle between Kennington, Camberwell and Walworth – are usually the opposite of their upmarket names. This entire row of shops later got boarded up with lurid purple hoardings, which are still visible on Google Street View; all that remained uncovered were a bookie, an off license, and the Sound Wickford alarm, far left. • Spotted: Manor Place, Southwark, London SE17, England, 2001 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bermondsey and Old Southwark


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