Thursday, 24 October 2013
On 23rd October 1842 a whale was sighted off Deptford Pier and caught and landed. It was identified as a 'Fin Back' whale, 14ft 6ins long and weighing 2 tons.
"On Sunday afternoon, between four and five o'clock, several watermen on duty at Bell-water-gate, near the Deptford Pier, observed a huge dark substance projecting above the surface of the river. The animal was moving down the river between the pier and the Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital-ship. Five of them put off in their boat, and one of them, armed with a large bearded spear, commenced the attack upon the monster ..."
The whale was eventually loaded onto the pier where "In a short time afterwards such immense numbers of persons congregated to gratify their curiosity that Mr John Taylor, the high constable of Deptford, was compelled to call for the aid of the R division of the police to keep order."
Illustrated London News 1842-2003. You can access this in any Lewisham library or from home with your library card number.
Thursday, 15 August 2013
This year Convoys Wharf will also be open on Saturday from 11am to 4pm, with open access to the site of the proposed masterplan, an exhibition of the plan with architects and project consultants on site and a pop-up cafe.
Pick up a brochure from one of our libraries - available from next week - or check online at http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
This comes from the sporting intelligence section of The Morning Chronicle of 19th August 1836. One of the many newspapers that you can access on the 19th Century British Newspapers . This is one of the online resources available to all Lewisham Library Service members to use in a library or from home.
You can find out more on our website
The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Friday, August 19, 1836; Issue 20844
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Monday, 8 July 2013
Age Exchange invites you to go along to 11 Blackheath Village on Tuesday July 16th, 11am - 4pm to share your unique family story, passed down through generations. Please also take with you any relevant photos, objects, and memorabilia for them to copy and photograph. Your story will be recorded and will become part of the touring exhibition, and theatre production, and will contribute to an international archive that commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014.
For further information contact:
Age Exchange,11 Blackheath Village, London SE3 9LA
Tel: 020 8318 9105
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
You can find out more about this in the Illustrated London News which is available online in all of Lewisham's Libraries and which can be used at home, etc, with your library card barcode. All of our online services can be accessed from here - http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/libraries/virtual-library/Pages/Online-services.aspx
Friday, 24 May 2013
|Pic: Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust|
EastLondon Lines writes:
"Stephen Lawrence has been honoured with a blue heritage plaque in tribute to his life. Lawrence is the third person to receive this kind of memorial.
The plaque was unveiled during a service led by Chairman of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Symon Sentain and Doreen Lawrence, Stephen’s mother, at The Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford on May 21 ...."
Stephen Lawrence honoured with blue heritage plaque
Posted from EastLondon Lines
Friday, 17 May 2013
- researching, identifying and recording local heritage
- creating a community archive or collection
- developing new interpretation of heritage through exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps etc
- researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources
Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre holds a large range of primary material and resources relating to the First World War, and the boroughs of Deptford and Lewisham during the early part of the 20th century. For further information or discuss how we can support a project please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on020 8297 0682, or drop in and visit.
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Barnes Wallis was commemorated by the unveiling of a Lewisham Maroon Plaque at his former home at 241 New Cross Road on 29 September 1984. You can see images of the unveiling on our Picasa web album site
The wording of the plaque reads "Sir Barnes Wallis C.B.E. F.R.S., 1887-1979, Pioneer of aircraft design, lived here, 1892-1909"
Monday, 22 April 2013
"Louise Green, a final year graphic design student at UCA Epsom, has made a short documentary on Sydenham entitled "Truth and Transition of the High Street".
In this short documentary, the local shopkeepers and residents of Sydenham discuss these questions in search for the truth, each with diverse opinions. Why and how is the landscape of the high street changing? What do people believe is currently occurring? What does the future hold?
An accompanying book is available from Sydenham Community Library or copies can be purchased by contacting Louise on email@example.com. She would also like your comments on the documentary, which you can leave directly on YouTube or send by email."
Truth and Transition
Posted from SEE3
Friday, 15 March 2013
Afghan Hound Racing - British Pathe newsreel
Friday, 8 March 2013
|The Royal Dockyard, Deptford |
from an engraving dated 1793.
Lewisham Local History & Archives collection
"The Naval Dockyards Society are holding their Annual Conference at the National Maritime Museum on Saturday 20 April. Five Hundred Years of Deptford and Woolwich Royal Dockyards will mark the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Thames yards by Henry VIII and will be opened by Dame Joan Ruddock, MP for Lewisham Deptford ...."
Cost: £40 (£35 students, senior citizens, unemployed)
(includes lunch – rolls, sandwiches, fruit, cake, tea and coffee 1.25-2.25pm)
The King's Dockyard was first built in 1513 and lies under the present Convoys Wharf site in Deptford.
Facebook: Naval Dockyards Society
Five Hundred Years of Deptford and Woolwich Royal Dockyards
Posted from Deptford is
Thursday, 7 March 2013
"In 2008 English Heritage published a guide to the work of Pulham & Co, who created artificial garden landscapes including grottos, temples, follies and fountains. The company also developed cement that bore a striking resemblance to natural stone and called it Pulhamite.
Pulham published a prospectus in 1877 that listed all the gardens they had worked on up to that date. Six of the gardens were in Sydenham and two in Forest Hill. The most interesting was described as “Hill Wood, Sydenham” where “Alderman Stone” commissioned two pieces of Pulhamite, one in 1862 and another in 1866 ...."
Read the complete post at ....The Folly in Sydenham Hill Woods
Posted from The Sydenham Society
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Sharing Heritage is a new funding programme to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area.
With a commitment from HLF of £3m each year, grants between £3,000 and £10,000 will now be available to groups who want to discover their local heritage.
HLF writes -
"This new programme follows the unprecedented success of last year's one-off HLF grant scheme 'All Our Stories', which ran in tandem with BBC Two's The Great British Story: A People’s History, presented by historian, Michael Wood. The scheme was four times oversubscribed and convinced HLF of people's appetite to get involved.
Projects are expected to cover a wide spectrum of subject matter but could include exploring local archaeology, a community's cultures and traditions, identifying and recording local wildlife and protecting the surrounding environment, collecting and digitising old photos, producing local history publications, conserving sites or items of local significance, managing and training volunteers, and holding festivals and events to commemorate the past.
- Sharing Heritage is for any not-for-profit group wanting to explore their community’s heritage. For further information, view the Sharing Heritage page
- All Our Stories was developed in response to HLF's Strategic Framework consultation with both the public and heritage sector. Based on this, HLF has made applying for funding simpler and easier for first-time applicants and community groups. Last year, All Our Stories grants were promoted through five BBC Learning events at flagship heritage locations and regional events across the UK which ran in tandem with BBC Two's The Great British Story: A People's History series which inspired people to get involved with their local heritage. These events provided opportunities for people to discover their place in history and uncover the history of their local area and encouraged applications to HLF.
- The All Our Stories programme was four times oversubscribed with a total investment from HLF of £4.5m. Over 500 successful projects were announced in November 2012 and are currently underway.
Thursday, 31 January 2013
"The Kaiser’s Own:
... In 1916, Army Orders established two new battalions in the Middlesex Regiment. These would contain recruits who were British citizens but the children of immigrants from nations with whom Britain was at war; the men were promised that they would not have to bear arms against the enemy. The units were named the 30th and 31st battalions and they served only in the UK. Some additional similar Labour Companies were also formed in 1917 and served in France. The units were known (rather cruelly) by some as “The Kaiser’s Own”.
"Hugo Max Norman Hotopf was born in Northumberland in 1881, the son of Hugo and Johanna who were German immigrants naturalised as British citizens in 1895. By the start of the Great War he was married, living in Lewisham, and had a son – William Hugh Norman Hotopf, born June 1914. Norman was working as a dye expert for the rather Germanic-sounding Badische Company in Brunswick Place near Old Street ....."
Read more on the Great War London blog
Posted from Great War London