Aladdin’s Cave could be lost to flats

A proposal has been submitted to Lewisham Council to replace Aladdin's Cave, the Lewisham Way treasure trove, with flats.The proposed new developmentThe application is for:The demolition of the existing structures and the construction of a part 3, part 4 storey building at 72 Loampit Hill, SE13 to provide a commercial unit (Use Class B1a) on ...

Stretching: The Truth

Fences across South London, including these ones on Brookmill Road in Deptford, enjoyed a past life as medical stretchers during World War II.A new campaign group, called the Stretcher Railing Society, is trying to raise awareness of their historical significance before they are ripped up by developers.Wow- never knew these existed! Here they are on ...

The Marquis of Granby – past and present

This postcard of New Cross pub the Marquis of Granby in 1911 was unearthed by @se23LDN.This new face for the pub was created in 2017 by Artmongers, paid for by Anthology.

Battle of Lewisham Weekend

This weekend, a series of free Goldsmiths events will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Lewisham:On 13 August 1977, the far-right National Front (NF) attempted to march from New Cross to Lewisham town centre, leading to violent clashes with counter demonstrators and the police.The Battle of Lewisham, as it became known, marked the ...

Laurie Grove Baths event at Goldsmiths

An interesting event coming up tomorrow night (Thursday 15 June 2017, 5:30 to 8:30)  at Goldsmiths focused on the Laurie Grove Baths. This building hosted swimming pools and public washhouses for a hundred years or so before it closed in 1991 and was taken over by Goldsmiths, for among other things, artist studio space. I've ...

Pink House creator passes away

Mr Pink outside his unique house in 2002Mr Brenton Pink, the creator of the legendary Pink House on Loampit Hill, has reportedly passed away. On Facebook, a family friend reported the news, adding:"Mr Pink was a very well known man to anyone who grew up in Lewisham, you would often see him outside his house talking ...

A brief history of the Brockley Jack

"The taproom and the whole architecture of the whole [Brockley Jack] are curious, and the sign nailed to the stump of an old elm in yard is painted on a mammoth’s bone which was dug up in the railway cutting behind the house."— Walter Besant, London South of the ThamesThe South London Club has published ...

Flat Fields

It's been a while since we've had an historical postcard of Brockley to look at. Here's one of Hilly Fields, which somehow contrives to make the park look flat.Hilly Fields & Montague Avenue #Brockley #SE4 pic.twitter.com/ZLwGEFdZnq— @SE23LDN (@se23ldn) May 2, 2017

2016

This blessed plot, this BrockleyIn 2016, thanks to Brexit, Trump, Corbyn coups, floods and sink holes, a new strain of apocalypticism gripped the Brockley imagination. But however much we wished to live in interesting times, Brockley was not Mordor. It was Hobbiton.A broken window at Donde Tapas in Honor Oak provoked a flurry of fearful tweets by locals ...

Death of an Italian Deptford Anarchist (1907)

'ANARCHIST DISCIPLE’S DEATHThe body man of a man found shot through the head, at Lambeth Meadow, Plumstead on Wednesday morning, was on Thursday identified as that of Leone Povinelli, Italian ice-cream vendor, residing at 25, Brookmill Road, Deptford. Emilio Nella, a companion of the deceased, who lives at the same address, saw the body during ...