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Peckham Vicars

A list of all vicars and ministers in charge of churches where all or part of the parish is today in SE15. (To be completed.) Camden Chapel/Church (1795) 1952 church closed. St Chrysostom, Peckham (1814) (formerly Peckham Chapel) Early 20C fell into disuse. St George, Camberwell (1824) (including Trinity College Mission) Christ Church, Old Kent

Peckham Society receives Southwark Civic award

The Peckham Society received the Honorary Liberty of the Old Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell from the Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Barrie Hargrove, on Wednesday 21 April. The award was actually made in 2020 but the presentation had to be postponed for obvious reasons. It took place in a socially-distanced fashion in the Chairman’s front garden:

The Free Sugar Ladies Of Peckham

In 2007 the Museum of London Docklands at Canada Water opened a permanent gallery, ‘London, Sugar and Slavery’. Amongst the extensive  information on the anti-slavery campaign is a display of  teapots and bowls overprinted with anti-slavery messages, and in the section on women campaigners you can see a pamphlet printed in 1828 for the Peckham

The Spitta family of Peckham

In W H Blanch’s book Ye Parish of Camerwell: “The wealthy family of Spitta lived [in Peckham House] in great style, giving fêtes, or what would now be termed garden-parties, to their neighbours, and dispensing charity with no niggard hand amongst the poor of the locality.” Several generations of the family were associated with Peckham:

Plaques in Peckham and Nunhead

Peckham and Nunhead have a wide range of plaques commemorating the local significance of a person, event or building. These permanent records are often fixed to a building where an individual lived or worked. The major plaque-awarding organisations have different criteria; the most  stringent is English Heritage. This scheme was started in 1876 and was

The Bronze Foundries

Introduction Beneath the railway viaduct between Consort Road and Brayards Road is a row of about twenty arches. For over seventy years they were the location of two leading British foundries casting large scale bronzes, many of which can be seen today on the streets of London and further afield. Dr Salter’s Daydream by Diane

Charles Joseph Walls, The Wayward Curate

A Peckham trial Until the early 1890s Charles Joseph Walls appears to have led a fairly ordinary life. He was born in late 1861 in Ilkley, Yorkshire, one of ten children to Frederick Walls, a stockbroker, and his wife Maria. By 1867 the family had moved to 18 Fawcett Street, Kensington (1871 Census) and by

The British Wine Manufactory

The large Victorian industrial building next to the bus garage depot on Blackpool Road is described today as the ‘Old Mill’ but little is known of its history. On late 19th maps and early 20th century maps it is labelled ‘British Wine Manufactory’. In 1871 the road layout in that area of Peckham was complete.

George Choumert

George Choumert (1746-1831), who developed large areas of our local community, came originally from Lorraine in France, but moved to England when he married into the wealthy Fendall family of Bermondsey, becoming a British citizen in 1796. A patent of 7 August 1783, relating to his invention of a machine for cutting, splitting and dividing

Victorians experienced public transport problems in Rye Lane and East Dulwich

The later nineteenth century was a period of very rapid growth in suburban London, and there was often a misfit between the newly populated areas and the existing public transport system. Sometimes there was an adequate road and rail service already in existence. But often a main road or railway line was some distance away,