Unveiling of a Peckham Society Blue Plaque to the memory of Lord David Sheppard

On 14 March 2016 the Right Reverend Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Woolwich, unveiled a Peckham Society Blue Plaque to honour the memory of Lord David Sheppard, England cricket captain, later the Bishop of Woolwich and then Bishop of Liverpool.

David Sheppard Plaque

David Sheppard Plaque

He was an active broadcaster and campaigner, especially on the subjects of poverty and social reform. In 1998 he was awarded a life peerage taking the title Baron Sheppard of Liverpool.

The event took place at Asylum House, 12 Asylum Road, SE15 where David Sheppard lived from 1969 to 1975. Interestingly the house is now owned by Jenny Beavan who this year won both a BAFTA and an Oscar for costume design for the film Mad Max: Fury Road.
Jenny Sinclair, David Sheppard’s daughter, represented her family at the unveiling. Jenny lived in Asylum House twice, initially for six years while her father was the Bishop of Woolwich; she later rented a room for a year in the 1980s while a student at Goldsmith’s College. Peter Frost, our Chairman, introduced proceedings and Bishop Michael then pulled the cord jointly with the two Jennys to unveil the plaque. The Deputy Leader of Southwark Council, Councillor Ian Wingfield, spoke as a representative of the council.

Peckham Society members watched the unveiling

Peckham Society members watched the unveiling

He said that David Sheppard’s life had been devoted to serving his congregation. He was a great champion for improving the conditions of the poor in urban areas and a tremendous advocate for equality especially in terms of race. He had known him as a boy when David Sheppard was Bishop of Liverpool and seen the remarkable presence and effect he had on all those that met him. He was both fondly loved and missed by all. Ian also praised the Peckham Society for its role in recognising and supporting the historical heritage of Peckham.
Celebrations and refreshments followed provided by Jenny Beavan, her friends and Bill Morris of the Peckham Society. The Peckham Society are extremely grateful to Jenny for her hospitality, William Frost, for installing the plaque, and Phil Polglaze who took the splendid photos all of which contributed to making this day very special.