11 August 2017. One hundred years ago, on October 19 1917, a Zeppelin bomb landed in Calmington Road, Southwark killing 10 people, injuring 24 and demolished a fish and chip shop, doctor’s surgery and houses. The Friends of Burgess Park project “Zeppelin 1917” uncovers the stories of local heroes and piece together the dramatic raid right over what is now Burgess Park. Press release Zeppelin 1917. Further details about events and how to get involved.
The Bridge to Nowhere Podcast is now available!
We’re very excited to announce the launch of the brand new Bridge to Nowhere Podcast!
For the first time we’re bringing all our audio features together in one place in the form of a new podcast series, which will feature the highlights from our previous talks and also all our future audio offerings.
You can download the audio to your own device, and if you choose to subscribe (it’s free!), you’ll be able to receive all our new episodes automatically.
Available are highlights of recent talks including From Bombs to BMX, the excellent Oral Histories series, and if you subscribe you’ll be among the first to receive the next new edition which will form part of the Zeppelin 1917 series of commemorative events this October.
So, please start listening to the Bridge to Nowhere Podcast and let us know what you think!
St George’s War Memorial
2 March 2017. Friends of Burgess Park and the Walworth Society are supporting the application by Historic England to have the World War One war memorial outside St Georges Church listed as having special architectural and historic interest. Some people may be surprised that this wasn’t already done. You can see more information on the bronze sculpture by Danish Arild Rosenkrantz on our page on St George’s Church on the Friends of Burgess Park Bridge to Nowhere website.
Trafalgar Avenue bridge
22 February 2017. There is still a bridge taking Trafalgar Avenue over the route of the former Grand Surrey Canal. Bridges need inspecting periodically, and when that time came around last year, it proved to be a bigger task than at first envisaged. Find out more about the work in progress and see the original bridge.
Glengall Wharf Canal Wall – Update
9 February 2017. The only remaining section of the canal bank, which marked the junction of the Camberwell branch (1810) with the Peckham branch (1830), has probably stood in this position for 120-150 years. However, although still absolutely solid, the surface is beginning to crumble and become unsightly. Southwark Council are replacing it with new concrete sections. Find out more about how it is affecting Glengall Wharf Community Garden and see a picture of a sailing barge moored on the site.
Burgess Park Heritage Trail walk maps
In 2014 the Bridge to Nowhere project found out about the history of the park. Find out more with a map of the park download and print a copy. More about the history of Burgess Park is on the Bridge to Nowhere website.
Community Asset application Passmore Edwards library, bath and washhouse
The Friends of Burgess Park community asset listing made to Southwark Council has been approved. FOBP now wish to work with other groups to retain these Grade II buildings to be used for activities which contribute to Burgess Park. We have now set up a new project.
Museum of London community dig in Burgess Park,
Check here to hear from the Museum of London archaeologists as they blogged about the finds from the Burgess Park community dig and their follow-up research.