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Update on park heritage

From Bombs to BMX

The Bridge to Nowhere heritage project continued apace in February, with a packed gathering, organised by the Friends of Burgess Park of locals, enthusiasts, and experts, all celebrating the park’s rich history together.

With fascinating talks delivered by our three leading published local historians – Stephen Humphrey, John Beasley and Tim Charlesworth – and a healthy hubbub of shared memories and stories, there was much to enjoy – not to mention photos, maps and refreshments.

The Friends are currently developing a heritage trail to be launched later this year, and would love to hear from you if you’re interested in getting involved.

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Woollen bracelets on a girl photo

Wow! Run an event in Jowett Street Park and you get a response to remember

The traditional craft workshops run by Friends of Burgess Park as part of their history project Bridge to Nowhere were greeted with such enthusiasm and a desire to learn craft skills especially knitting. The word got about and well over 30 people took part on the last day and the big question was “When will the next workshop be?”

Over three days, participants got the chance to try out traditional hand sewing, embroidery and knitting , and on the last day, to have a go at canal style art. Most of the people taking part were born long after the canal closed, but were interested to learn more about it through the art work reference materials.

Jowett Street Park sits next to what was a spur of the Grand Surrey Canal which ran to Peckham from the Surrey Docks. It was a lovely friendly setting for the event. We were blessed with great weather and the support of Quadron staff who brought along the tables and gazebo each day. We were also very grateful to The Sojourner Truth Centre who allowed use of their facilities. A big thank you to them and to all the hard working volunteers.
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Useful links

Fabric shop in Lewisham

For just about everything you need for crafts

Lovely site showing you all the embroidery stitches


Open Squares in Chumleigh Garden

Photo of Air Raid Warden Character

Air Raid Warden

I moustache you a question.
Why all the moustaches?

To tell people the story about Burgess Park’s development from a built-up area that over 60 years has been transformed into the park. And the moustaches are for the heavily moustachioed and bearded characters from the past. And FUN for people when trying out our historical cutout characters. The moustaches and the characters first appeared at the May Fair where our project was launched.

Photo of heritage display

Friends of Burgess Park heritage stall

The Chumleigh Gardens Open Squares weekend 8/9 June 2013, saw the return of our temporary heritage trail, also excellent music from choirs to jazz, gardening in the heart garden, guided tours with the head gardener Mark Cox and a silkscreen bag printing workshop with Art in the Park. On Sunday Peckham Theatre came to visit Burgess Park for a fundraising walk.