Walworth History Festival: UPDATE - 30th September 2018


Thanks so much to everyone who helped with and came along to the History Festival. We were just so delighted with how it all went and we estimate that all in all around 1,000 people came along to the exhibition or took part in the events, talk and lectures.

We are very grateful to Mireille Tchapi and Lise Magnollay for all the photos that they took and if you would like to get a flavour of what went on, below is an album of the photos that Lise took:

WHF Opening Event: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0N5Uzl7VX4XQp

Final weekend and Open House: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0N5n8hH4S6KRU

Below too are some of the photos that Mireille and Lise took of events during the week.

The Walworth Front Room (organised by Julia Honess) (photo Mireille Tchapi)

The Animated History Tours (photo Mireille Tchapi)

Looking at the History Panels (photo Mireille Tchapi)

Neil Crossfield with his Recreation of a WW1 Street Shrine (photo Mireille Tchapi)

Gathering for the Animated Tours in the Memorial Garden (photo Mireille Tchapi)

Neil Coyle MP opening the festival (photo Mireille Tchapi)

Talk in the Front Room (photo Lise Magnollay)

Open House Tours (organised by Shelagh Kavanagh) (photo Lise Magnollay)



UPDATE 01September 2018

We are delighted that the programme of events is now finalised and is shown below. Please do come to as many events as you can - all are free to attend! More news to follow.

If you are able to volunteer any time please contact John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR phone him on 07535-413884.



More details about a couple of the events including the animiated history tours on Sunday 16th Sept (3pm and 5pm) and the story of Arments. If you would like to come along to either of the (free) animated history tours on Sunday 16th September at 3pm and 5pm please do sign up at:





Walworth Heritage Trail.


If you are interested in the heritage of the Walworth area more generally and fancy a walk through the history of SE17 dont forget to download our Heritage Trail. Some things have changed quite a bit and turned out differently to what we anticipated since we put this together in 2014 but it is still a great way to learn more about Walworth.


 Walworth Heritage Trail (2014)


1. Join the Walworth Society - it is free to join!

If you would like to join the society, membership is free; just fill in the short form at:



2. Walworth Road Historic Area Assessment - Free to download.

If you would like to download our Walworth Road Historic Area Assessment of the buildings along the Walworth Road which formed the basis for the designatioin of the Walworth Road as a Conservation Area please click on:

Walworth Road Historic Area Assessment (2015)



Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 6th September 7pm.

Please find the notes from our September 6th meeting below.



Our October meeting will be held on Thursday 4th Oct (7pm) at 155 W Rd.


Memorial Service for Toby Eckersley.
The family of Toby Eckersley has confirmed that there will be a memorial service for Toby on October 22 at Southwark Cathedral at 3pm. Everyone is very welcome to attend.


Walworth Town Hall.

Two pieces of news about the Walworth Town Hall.

1. A press release from Southwark Council about the three organisations that are being asked to develop full bids for its redevelopment.


2. A press release from Southwark Council about the opening of the Memorial Garden outside the Walworth Town Hall.




Walworth Society July Meeting – Thursday 5th July 7pm. 


Please find the notes from our July 5th WS meeting below.


Richard Galpin's presentation on the Chartists is:


Neil Crossfield's presentation on the Commemoration of the Centenary of Armistice Day for the Walworth area is:


Our September meeting will be held on Thursday 6th September (7pm) and we will be back at 155 W Rd.


2. Walworth History Festival - Call for Volunteers.

Can YOU volunteer your time to help out invigilate at the amazing Walworth History Festival Exhibition (15 to 23 Sept) in the fomer Newington Library (155 W Rd) or help with us setting things up or be a marshal/ volunteer on the animated Walworth History tour or Open House? 
Even 2.5 hours of your time during the festival will be a fantastic help to the Walworth History Festival which is celebrating the amazing history, heritage and diversity we have here in Walworth. 
Please contact John Whelan on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Below is our initial plan for the festival week- things will change but if there are any events that particularly catch the eye that you would like to help out with please do get in touch with John.


3. News from the Walworth Community Gardening Network - Take part in the first Walworth Garden Show on Saturday 29th September.

It's time to get growing, pickling and snapping for the Walworth Garden Show!!

The first Walworth Garden Show (in recent times) will be held on Saturday 29th September as part of the Nursery Row Park Autumn Fayre. There will be prizes for Best veg/fruit/flower in show; Best preserve, jam or cordial; Best veg meal; Best herb or salad bunch; Best hat or picture made of veg/fruit/flowers; Best garden photo.

If you want to enter just get in touch – we can provide help and advice for gardeners, and we will be holding pickling and preserving workshops later in the summer – if your group would like to host one of the workshops let us know. Contact Vince by email or phone.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 07401-552139




4. Pasley Park Festival (14th and 15th September)

The Friends of Pasley Park are really excited this year about the Spectacular Festival on the 14th and 15th September. We are looking for stalls or performers for the Fete on the Saturday 15th September. Please do get in touch to have a FREE stall or perform on the stage which we will have in the park. Please contact John Whelan if you are interested in getting involved in this exciting event; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
OR phone 07535-413884


5. Impromptu at Elephant Park. A FREE evening of music at Elephant Park on Thursday 26th July


6. Layers of London - The Development of London

News from Daniel Hibbs-Wooding from the Aylesbury Estate Community team at Notting Hill about the Layers of London project that is being run by the University of London's Institute of Historical Research. Their aim is to explore London's streets, buildings and overall history to tell a story of the city and there is anopportunity for people in Walworth to contribute their knowledge of the Walworth area. For more info and to register your interest visit: https://layersoflondon.blogs.sas.ac.uk/