The A2198 is a short link road in the north of the London Borough of Southwark. It was originally the western end of the B202.
Borough - Bermondsey
The A2198 starts on the A2
(Great Dover Street) only a short distance from that road's northern end on the A3
(Borough High Street).
The historic and very interesting St George the Martyr church is also at this junction. This is where Chaucer's Pilgrims set off from on their journey to Canterbury and Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit was found asleep on the front steps. There is a small stained glass window commemorating Little Dorrit. Charles Dickens lived on the other side of Borough High Street while his father was in Marshalsea Debtors Prison.
The A2198 runs along the entire length of Long Lane which is only about half a mile long (perhaps long for Southwark).
We soon arrive at the junction with the A2205 where Long Lane finishes and we go straight on into Abbey Street and the A2198 ends its short journey at the junction with the A100 (Tower Bridge Road) and the B202 (the continuation of Abbey Street). The short section of Abbey Street that we used was originally the nave of Bermondsey Abbey of which little still exists above ground. A set of very large hinges embedded in a house in Grange Walk was used for the South gate of the Abbey. Most of the site of Bermondsey Abbey is now used by the New Caledonian antique market that was located near Caledonian Road in Islington and moved after the Second World War to its present site. The market starts trading at 2am and it is all over by 8am.
Original Author(s): A211 Driver
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