Lewisham War Memorials listed on our application

Joe O’Donnell, on behalf of the Lewisham Buildings Preservation Trust, has had two Lewisham war memorials  listed to mark this year’s Remembrance Day celebration- midway through the centenary of the First World War.  The Trust is asking the public to supply the precise location of two other war memorials it would like to see listed.

Joe O’Donnell of the Lewisham Buildings Preservation Trust said: ‘I am very pleased that these memorials have been recognised as being of national interest. The listing means that the memorials now have extra protection in the planning system and funding can be applied for restoration- as I understand the Vicar at Stephen’s Church intends to. I hope the public will contact the trust with the precise location of two other civilian war memorials in Ladywell cemetery. Lewisham has a great number of historic buildings. The Lewisham Buildings Preservation Trust want to make sure that they are recognised and protected.’

The first War Memorial to be Grade II listed on the Trust’s application is Lewisham’s main war memorial on Lewisham High Street. The site for the memorial was donated by the Earl of Dartmouth and the Lewisham Park Trustees. The memorial was designed by E A Stone, a London-based architect, with the foundation stone being laid by Harry Chiesman, Mayor of Lewisham, on 6 November 1920. You can read the full details of the listing text here: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1435882

St Stephen’s Church War Memorial has also been Grade II listed on Mr O’Donnell’s application. The memorial there takes the form of a hooded Calvary cross with a carved figure of Christ. The memorial was unveiled on 3 September 1921 by Lieut-Col Eric Ball. Read the full listing description here https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1437645. The Vicar has stated that following the listing he intends to apply for funding for restoration.

The trust is seeking the precise location of a large headstone in Ladywell cemetery inscribed with names of civilians killed in air raids during the First World War so that it can apply for listing. The Trust is also seeking the location of a cross in Brockley cemetery in memory of those killed by German Zeppelins Raids. If you can provide any information please contact Joe O’Donnell or the Lewisham Buildings Preservation Trust on Twitter @JosephJODonnell or @LewishamBPTlewisham-war-memorial-with-pillars-dedicated-to-the-11th-lewisham-battalion-qs-orwk-regiment

Historic England decided not to list the remaining parts of Lewisham Hospital War Memorial due to the extensive damage it had suffered.  On 26 July 1944 the hospital was hit by a V1 rocket: this seems to have been when the memorial was severely damaged. The remaining fragments were salvaged and stored in the hospital, where they were re-discovered in the 1990s during building works. On 4 August 1998 they were re-dedicated by the Hospital Chaplain, Reverend Annie Shaw in a small garden between Lewisham High Street and the former library where they remain.

The list description for the Roman Catholic Church of St Saviour and Sts John Baptist and Evangelist on Lewisham High Street has also been updated to include reference to the mosaic war memorial over the entrance door. https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1358499


Playtower latest at Ladywell Assembly this Thursday

Ladywell Assembly
Thursday, 14th July, 2016 7.00 pm St Andrew’s Centre, Brockley Road, London SE4 2SA

We will be speaking at this Thursday’s Ladywell Assembly. The Council will also be giving more details of the  Expression of Interest process for the old Ladywell Baths/ playtower site which is now expected to run through August.

Come along!

Lewisham Council consults on future of Beckenham Place Park

The stage one bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund contained a draft masterplan showing some of  Lewisham Council’s development ideas for Beckenham Place Park. You can view the plan here

Tell the Council your views by emailing bpp@lewisham.gov.uk

This mansion was built about 1773 for John Cator (1728-1806). You can read more in the listing description here.

Redevelopment of art deco gem – Tower House, Lewisham

Building Design Magazine has reported that  Barr Gazetas has won consent to convert the 1930s Tower House former department store. The building will receive a two storey roof extension.

You can see Barr Gazetas proposed restoration of the front of the building here.

It is a shame that the opportunity has not been taken to reinstall the stunning neon decoration which once covered the front as seen in this 1933 video of the opening ceremony. This would create a real architectural landmark for Lewisham.tower_house


Formal expressions of interest in Ladywell baths expected soon

We understand that Lewisham Council  will be asking for formal expressions of interest from those interested in Ladywell Baths /Playtower in a matter of weeks. The Council is expected to give guidelines of what it will expect from a bid.

Historic England and The Heritage Lottery Fund recently visited the building in what is hopefully a positive sign.

We will share more when we have it!


What’s planned for Ladywell Old Baths/Play Tower?

Many organisations have expressed interest in the Ladywell Old Baths/Play Tower since it was named as one of the Victorian Society’s 2015 Top Ten Endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales.

Having lain empty for over 10 years significant investment will be needed to bring the building back into use.

The Trust is aware of a number of proposals for reusing the building. These include a swimming pool/gym, climbing centre, research centre, incubator business space, cafe, restaurant, dance rehearsal space, and a cinema.

At the Ladywell Assembly on 27th January the Council indicated it would, within six weeks,  begin a procurement process to decide which of the organisations proposing to refurbish and reuse the building it wishes to partner with.