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New play park opens on Peckham Rye common July 2018

And for the children: on 16 July 2018 the new play park was opened by Southwark Cabinet Member for culture, leisure, equalities and communities, Cllr Rebecca Lury. Councillors Victoria Mills and Renata Hamvas were also present together with the Friends of Peckham Rye Park. When I visited, it was packed with young people who were

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

In late October 2018 the Academy opened on its new site next to Peckham Library. It is one of the UK’s leading drama schools, offering degree courses on acting, theatre design and many other aspects of the performing arts. It is also the first degree-awarding institution to be located in Peckham. In time they will

Jack Harvey VC commemorated

In August 2013 the Government launched a nationwide campaign to honour those who received the Victoria Cross during the First World War with commemorative paving stones near their places of birth. The stones were to be laid on the 100th anniversary of the act of valour which led to the award. The last of the

Award winning young designer makes his base in Peckham 2018

Richard Quinn is an unfamiliar name to most of us at present but this will soon no longer be the case. His debut show for London Fashion Week in February 2018 was attended not only by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour but also by Her Majesty the Queen. The monarch was making her first appearance at

Dawn chorus walk 2018

We had our annual 5.00 am saunter through Peckham Rye Park on the 7th April 2018. The dawn was delightful, no wind, but good sound clarity with a waning moon. A tawny owl was heard by an early morning dog walker, over on the eastern fringes of the park. Since the beginning of February we

LGBT History Month exhibition 2018

Peckham Levels hosted an exhibition by Southwark Archives for LGBT History Month 2018 called ‘Southwark Queerstory’, which looked at over 150 years of life for the LGBT community in Southwark. The displays showed a great range of Peckham history including a painting of a 1930s drag troupe that performed their high-kicking routine for the public

The end of an era

During the Second World War, the British armed services fought the Italian army in North Africa. On the surrender of Italy in 1943 the Italian prisoners of war were initially held in POW camps in Eritrea, but due to shortages of labour in Great Britain, many were transported to this country to undertake bomb damage

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