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This guided tour of the Hatcham Road area will offer a window into the Old Kent Road’s wider industrial goings-on, taking visitors behind closed doors to see businesses in action.
The Old Kent Road (OKR) is one of London’s oldest roads, and for well over a century it has been at the centre of an area alive with industry. From hat, costume, tin can, terrazzo, scenery and tray manufacturers to printers, menders, fabricators, construction merchants and couriers, the close to 1000 businesses trading along and around the OKR are a rich resource for the Capital, making and supplying the things and the services it needs, as well as offering thousands of local jobs. That economy continues to play a key part in the ongoing evolution of South London. As one of the GLA’s ‘opportunity areas’ many of the OKR businesses will be affected by plans for 25,000 new homes. But what value does industry have in shaping the future of localities and the city? All participants of the walk should wear sturdy shoes. Walks start at the Livesey Exchange located in the garages of the Ledbury Estate. www.liveseyexchange.com