Walworth Society – Latest Walworth News (w/c 15th November)

1.  Walworth Society General Meeting 

A reminder that our next general WS meeting will be held online and face to face on Wednesday 17th November at 7pm. 

For the minutes of our October meeting click here.

To participate on Zoom click here or go to Zoom and use Meeting ID: 841 9776 8445 Passcode: 035536

The minutes of the November meeting are here

2. East Street Baptist Church – Proposed Demolition (21/AP/3888).

The church has submitted a planning application to Southwark Council for its demolition. The church appears to want to commence the demolition in early January 2022.

The society is objecting to the demolition of this highly significant historic building. Neil Crossfield wrote this fabulous article about the church in Southwark News recently:


If you have a minute please can you join us in objecting to this application: Here are the steps to take:

1. Go to


Enter application number 21/AP/3888

and then Click the box – MAKE A COMMENT, enter your details (they do not appear publicly) and object. Below are the points that the WS has made and below too is the full objection that we have submitted.

1. This building is the subject of a live Historic England listing application and no action should occur until that application has been determined.

2. The building is highly significant owing to:
a. being a very rare and surviving example of a back street community mission.
b. the exterior and interior of the C19th building being intact and repairable.
c. Pembroke College Mission and the East Street Baptist Church being the only remaining and functioning examples of this dominant form of community worship, with the East Street Baptist Church predating Pembroke mission by 30 years .
d. The architect was George Baines who specialised in non-conformist churches, principally Baptist buildings, but also designed domestic, commercial and institutional buildings. A number of Baines’ designed churches are HE listed.

3. This application makes no attempt to recognise the potential future of the existing building through refurbishment and restoration.

4. No related planning application is being brought forward for the building’s replacement and this move to demolish simply creates facts on the ground whereby the building cannot be retained.

5. This application is made in poor faith and that Southwark Council should not permit this application to proceed. At the very least the plans for the replacement of this building should be brought forward at the same time so the issue of demolition and replacement can be considered together.

The full WS objection appears here



3. Altar-Native at St Peter’s Church – Friday 3rd December

Live music at St Peter’s Church, Liverpool Grove, on Friday 3rd December from 7pm. A triple bill with Bangla Cuban jazz fusion from Lokkhi Terra; St Chris Afrobeat Collective; and words and rhythm from poet Adae. Tickets £13.37 from Eventbrite (click here) or contact Chris at Louie Louie chris@louielouie.london.

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