Author Archive

The River Peck

Peckham’s lost river is hidden for almost all its length; most of it was enclosed in the 1820s and it is now only visible at two points. The River Peck rises on One Tree Hill in Honor Oak and runs down the hill in a culvert to emerge at Harris Girls’ Academy. Priory Farm once

Memorial plaque unveiled

A commemorative plaque has been unveiled to honour those who lost their lives in the bombing of Savage’s corset factory on 22 June 1944. Twenty four people were killed, mainly young girls. This was the largest loss of life in Peckham during World War II. The plaque is situated on the corner of Nunhead Lane

Roberts Capsule Stopper Factory (1887-2007)

In Spring 1916 the Peckham Society was sent photos of Roberts Capsule Stopper Factory by Jill Abrey in New Zealand. Her father, Charles Reading, joined the firm as an office boy when the firm was in Harder’s Road, Peckham in 1916 and finally retired in 1976 as managing director. Roberts Capsule Stopper Company Ltd. was

Reunion for Evacuees

From: James Roffey, Chief Executive, The Evacuees Reunion Association, The Mill Business Centre, Mill Hill, Gringley-on-the-Hill, Nottinghamshire DN10 4RA. On Friday 1 September 1939 thousands of children from all parts of London were evacuated due to the imminent start of the Second World War. I was evacuated with my sister’s school, Peckham Central Girls’ School.

Air raid shelters

From: Veronica Alden by email I remember the air raid shelters on Peckham Rye. When I was a child in the 1950s they were a great place to play. We would all go to the shelters and run up to the top and then jump off which was quite a height. They were a great

Bombing and evacuation

From: John Smith Irby-In-The-Marsh I was born in Marsden Road in 1936 and my earliest childhood memory is of hearing bombs screaming down from the sky in 1940. I was in our Anderson air-raid shelter with my mum and sister Pauline, in the garden of our house, in Tell Grove, close to Dulwich Hospital. I

Perkins family of Peckham

From: Ted Perkins Some years ago I contacted the Peckham Society while searching for WWII memorials in the Peckham area and, despite your help, nothing was found. The following account stems from that contact and may be of interest to your supporters. It highlights the importance of maintaining community relations. The Perkins family grew up

Bull Yard and Peckham Bus Garage

  Bull Yard was fire bombed on 22 October 1940* when 48 London Transport buses, which had been withdrawn due to wartime fuel savings, were lost including eleven of the twelve brand new TF class private hire coaches. Thomas Tilling first occupied the premises in 1876. In 1905 they became the first motor bus garage

Reg Harris (1920-1992), cyclist and Reg Harrison’s cycle shop

From: Audrey McCall Hastings In the early 1950s my 15-year-old brother worked in Reg Harrison’s cycle shop at 41 Queen’s Road; it had a workroom behind. They made and assembled bicycles which arrived in many pieces. The marque mentioned was then affixed to these cycles. Some were special racing bikes made to order; he also

Vivian Woodward (1879-1954), amateur footballer

From: Bill Jarvis by email My grandmother’s brother, Vivian Woodward, was born in Lambeth and moved to Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, as a small child. He became a footballer, and has been described as the “David Beckham of 100 years ago”, with many great achievements: records lasting until the 1950s for England international caps, goals and hat-tricks.