Walworth Society News, Activities and Events (w/c 29 June)

  1. Walworth Society Themed Meeting – 7pm Thursday 2nd July.
  2. Virtually Walworth: #Walworth Shops.
  3. Walworth Town Hall Redevelopment – Planning Application (20/AP/1634).
  4. Update on Manor Place Terrace and Braganza St Developments.
  5. Brandon Estate – Walters House Fire Fundraiser.
  6. Elephant Magazine goes digital.
  7. Bingo!

1. Walworth Society Themed Meeting – 7pm Thursday 2nd July.

The Great Fire of London, no not that one! 

Around lunchtime on the 19th November 1897, a small fire was observed in the premises of Waller & Brown, 15 Well Street, Cripplegate in the City of London. Within hours this fire had spread and destroyed over 100 businesses and plunged thousands of London’s most poorly paid workers into unemployment. 

How did this fire start, who was affected by it and how did it impact on the lives of late Victorian Londoners? Local historian Neil Crossfield will reveal all. 

If you fancy yourself as a Victorian crime scene investigator or absolutely love a luxuriant moustache or beard, this talk is for you. It contains Walworth girls, cat lovers, petty criminals, and even the Brat Pitt and Angelina Jolie of the Victorian age! Something for everyone.

To join the Join Zoom Meeting click here, or go to Zoom online and use Meeting ID: 839 5151 1768, Password: 375084. Or watch on Facebook, click here or go to https://www.facebook.com/TheWalworthSociety. (Remember to like and follow the Walworth Society Facebook page)

2.  Virtually Walworth: #Walworth Shops


Diana Cochrane will talk on the development of Walworth Road as a high street – Thursday 23rd July at 7 pm on Zoom (more details coming soon) and Facebook Live.


Bring along a book you loved or donate an item of clothing that tells a story. Get a cuppa from Louie Louie. Take a photograph of yourself at the sea side. To be held at St Peter’s Church Garden, 25th July 11 am -1 pm.


We are collecting and sharing research, stories, photos and local history about shopping in Walworth. Send photos, drawings and stories to virtuallywalworth@gmail.com. Follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheWalworthSociety/ and Twitter @WalworthSociety.


Coming soon: our short online quiz and survey to tell us about your favourite Walworth Road shops past and present.

3. Walworth Town Hall Redevelopment – Planning Application (20/AP/1634).

The redevelopment of the Town Hall has now reached the stage of being a live planning application. It can be seen using the number above or via the link:


The design of the application will be discussed at the next general WS meeting on Thursday 16th July when architects Feix and Merlin will be joining the meeting. Southwark Council states that the deadline for comments is: Wed 22 Jul 2020. The flyer from developer General Projects for the application can be seen below:

4.  Update on Manor Place Terrace and Braganza St Developments.

Update from Durkan on the Manor Place and Braganza St developments below, or read as a pdf:

5. Brandon Estate – Walters House Fire Fundraiser.

Tom Lloyd of the Brandon 1 TRA has begun a fundraiser on behalf of the Walters House resident who lost all their possessions and whose flat was gutted by a fire on Saturday 27th June. Please do donate if you can.


6.  Elephant Magazine Goes Digital

The Elephant Magazine has gone digital for Summer 2020; to see the latest edition click here. Or see a selection of stories below. 

THE TIGERS THAT CAME TO TOWNTigers, the new childcare centre at Elephant Park, had only been open for three weeks when lock-down began. Now they are open again and welcoming more children. Read more click here.

OLI: BUSINESS AS UNUSUALFor decades, Oli Food Centre has been selling international food and drink to the people of Walworth. But when COVID hit – they suddenly found themselves busier than ever. Read more click here.

LYNNES: LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWNLynnes Electrical has been a much-loved Walworth stalwart for nearly 70 years. Now they’re reopening their doors to the public for the first time since March. Read more click here.

DOING BUSINESS AFTER LOCK-DOWNThe Government lifted the lock-down for most high street businesses on 15 June provided they could operate safely. For some, getting up and running again won’t be easy, despite the support that was on offer during lock-down. But help is available. Read more click here.

If you have any feedback on the magazine or ideas for the future contact  Richard.Wells1@southwark.gov.uk. To subscribe and receive electronic news in future email info@elephantandcastle.org.uk

7.  Bingo!

Weekly Walworth Bingo: Walworth’s own dynamic duo, John Whelan and Mike Raffone, continue with Bingo streamed live on Facebook every Wednesday at 7pm. For ‘eyes down’ click here or go to https://madlyconceived.co.uk/bingo for more information.

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