This paper explores the documentation of social and spatial transformation in the Walworth area, South London.
Spatial narratives are the entry point for my exploration, where official and 'unofficial' representations of history are
aligned to capture the nature of urban change. Looking at the city from street level provides a worldly view of social
encounter and spaces that are expressive of how citizens experience and shape the city. A more distanced view of the
city accessed from official data reveals different constructs. In overlaying near and far views and data and experience,
correlations and contestations emerge. As a method of research, the narrative is the potential palimpsest, incorporating
fragments of the immediate and historic without representing a comprehensive whole. In this paper Walworth is
documented as a local and Inner City context where remnants and insertions are juxtaposed, where white working class
culture and diverse ethnicities experience difference and change. A primary aim is to consider the diverse experiences
of groups and individuals over time, through their relationship with their street, neighbourhood and city. In relating the
Walworth area to London I use three spatial narratives to articulate the contemporary and historic relationship of people
to place: the other side examines the physical discrimination between north and south London, the other half looks
at distinctions of class and race and other histories explores the histories displaced from official accounts.
Keywords : City, Change, Narrative, South London.
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