London Bus Garage Models

Perhaps a bit of a niche product, but if you're stuck for a present for the public transport enthusiast in your life you could always buy a model card building kit of Catford bus garage......or Nunhead bus garage (now demolished - was at 20 Nunhead Lane):...or Peckham bus garage (demolished in the 1990s, it was ...

Johnson caves in to Convoys Wharf Developers

The plans by Hutchison Whampoa to redevelop the former Royal Dockyard site on the Deptford riverfront at Convoys Wharf have been widely criticised. Essentially they offer an identikit riverside tower block scheme with cursory social housing and little reference to the site's rich history, not to mention a huge impact on the local transport, health ...

History Corner: WW2 Stretchers as Railings

Mereton Mansions in Brookmill Road, Deptford was formerly Carrington House, a homeless hostel. The railings outside have an interesting history too - they are made from metal stretchers used by ARP (Air Raid Protection) during the Second World War.Similar examples of this recycling can be found elsewhere in London. I spotted these on the East ...

Open Shipwrights House

It's London Open House this weekend, so lots of opportunities to visit interesting buildings many of which are usually closed to the public. In Deptford, the magnificent Master Shipwrights House on the river front will be open all weekend (entrance on Watergate Street)The garden of the Shipwrights House last night - the cannon was dug ...

The Walpole Vanishes

The Walpole Inn in New Cross Road has now been completely demolished. It closed last year, and planning permission has been granted for a hotel to be built there.  The adjoining buildings that lately housed the tattoo parlour and hairdressers have also gone.When I went past a couple of months ago, most of it had ...

New Cross Barclays Bank to Close

The Barclays bank at 197 New Cross Road is due to close on 27 September this year. The building dominates that end of New Cross Gate, where it has stood since around 1910. It was originally built for the London & South Western Bank.Whatever you think of Barclays, or of banks in general, the fact ...

25 Tanners Hill: 18th century building restored

25 Tanners Hill was for many years the base for Witcomb Cycles, which hand built frames in the shop and workshop space behind. It closed in 2009 and has been converted to a private house and gallery space.The conversion/restoration of the building by Dow Jones Architects won a RIBA London Regional Award earlier this year. Like ...

Invite 100: Deptford Library/Lewisham Arthouse Building Centenary

The current Lewisham Arthouse building in Lewisham Way was, until 1991, Deptford Central Libary. On April 5th 1913 the foundation stone for the building was laid in a ceremony (pictured). A hundred years later Townly Cooke and Mary Louise Evans are organising an interesting event to mark this centenary:'I N V I T E 100 ...