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Camberwell Zeppelin raid (19 October 1917)

The last Zeppelin raid on London in the First World War took place on the night of 19-20 October 1917. The intended target was Sheffield but heavy winds blew Navy Zeppelin L45 off course. After bombing Hendon and Piccadilly Circus, it passed over Elephant and Castle and dropped a 300kg (660lb) bomb on Calmington Road

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. He was an active broadcaster and campaigner, especially on the subjects of poverty and social reform.

Peckham Society’s 40th anniversary meeting

On Wednesday 7th October 2015 at All Saints Church Hall. Blenheim Grove, SE15 the Peckham Society celebrated its 40th anniversary. Over 70 members and friends were present. The Chairman invited people who have had an influence on the formation of the Society since its inception in 1975 to say a few words. Chairs of neighbouring

Second Peckham Society Blue Plaque is unveiled – to the memory of lithographer William Griggs

On Saturday 17 May 2014 the second Peckham Society blue plaque was unveiled at Elm House, Elm Grove by the Chairman of the Peckham Society, Peter Frost. Derek Kinrade gave the background to William Griggs (1832-1911) who was the foremost lithographer of his day. He was a contemporary of William H. Blanch, the subject of

First Peckham Society Blue Plaque unveiled

On 19 April the Peckham Society was privileged to unveil a plaque in memory of William Harnett Blanch (1836-1900) at 55 Denman Road, Peckham. We have to thank very much the present owners of number 55, Dr Derek Summerfield and his wife Francesca, who not only allowed the plaque to be erected but also contributed

Peckham Rye Station to be restored to original glory

We are excited to report that the Mayor of London announced on 23 November 2011 that he is teaming up with Southwark Council to fund the restoration of Peckham Rye Station to recreate the open square in front, and to rehabilitate the rear of the station and arches to create a town centre commercial area.

Rye Lane Conservation Areas designated

At 10.21 p.m. on 10 October the two central Peckham conservation areas were designated by the Southwark Planning Committee. I arrived at Tooley Street* for the meeting at 7.30 p.m. and sat in the back of the committee room, working, as the hours dragged on. At 10.15 p.m. a controversial student housing project at the

Old Waiting Room at Peckham Rye Station restored

The two architects on the Peckham Society’s committee, Bill Morris and Benny O’Looney, are playing a major part in trying to bring the former First Class waiting room in Peckham Rye Station back into public use. It has been a billiard hall. It may become a restaurant – or a pub as happened at the

Peckham Space opens

Peckham Space in Peckham Square opened in June. It is a new venue that produces new artwork in response to and with people who live in SE15. Peckham Space was created by a collaborative partnership between Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London and Southwark Council.

New Nature Garden opens

Bellenden Road Nature Garden, run by the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Marsden Road, was officially opened on 1 August by Councillor Mark Glover, who is one of our members. It is a peaceful haven promoting wildlife gardening in an urban setting.