|Could this have been the location of a Little London built and occupied in the 17th century, allowed to fall into disuse and left empty by the 1800's?|
The links to the Welsh drovers would be Little London Street; Halfpenny and Farthing Alley; being the amounts paid for pasture grazing; and the local tanyards. The area conveniently located on common land with a water supply close to the crossing of the Thames at London Bridge.We know from the British Library that the Welsh Auxiliary of The London City Mission administered to the Welsh drovers at Barnet fair in 1861.
The fact that they visited Jacob's Island in 1855 is more than a coincidence. The 1841 census lists many empty properties, with an Edward Williams aged 30, living nearby in James Court with an occupation of Drover!
There is no documentary evidence to prove that the settlements were set up by the Welsh. There has been the suggestion that they were created by Londoners fleeing the plague, explaining why they are located away from existing villages. As one can see the sites were not all constructed in the same century and many are at a great distance from the Capital..