Penge Heritage Trail

Funded on Spacehive 28 August 2017

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Penge Heritage Trail

Penge Heritage Trail

Christopher O'Shaughnessy By Christopher O'Shaughnessy

Celebrating the rich and fascinating heritage and history of Penge for local residents and visitors.

Bromley Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 28 Aug 2017!

Penge has a history going back to the Domesday Book but the town itself grew and developed rapidly after the transfer of the Crystal Palace from Hyde Park to South London (Penge Place) in 1854. We wish to trace and reveal the ongoing cultural history from this period: the interesting and varied architecture e.g the Royal Watermens Almshouses, King William IV Cottages, the Alexandra Estate; various church and civic buildings; the famous people who lived there e.g. celebrated poet and novelist Walter de la Mare, renowned Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge, popular theologian and broadcaster Monica Furlong; the legacy of theatre and art e.g. the much-loved Empire Theatre, the artist Camille Pissarro — a legacy which still pertains in the present day through the new Bridge House Theatre and the SE20 Art Group; and the many wonderful green spaces which are the remains of the historic Penge Common.

What we'll deliver:

  • Introduce bronze pavement plaques as stepping stones for the Heritage Trail along the high street and its environs.
  • Create a Heritage Trail pamphlet with a map and all relevant information.
  • Create a 'Penge Heritage Trail' website with information, interviews, personal testimonies etc.

Why it's a great idea:

It's a great idea because visitors and people newly moved into the area are, as yet, unaware of Penge's rich cultural history although fascinated by topographical evidence which suggests an intriguing evolution. It's something we should be proud of and, by changing perceptions of Penge in this way, the town will renter a new phase in its narrative identity. As a recent report found: 'We need to strengthen local pride in Penge by drawing attention to its rich (although somewhat hidden) historical assets through new interpretative signage, lighting and trails, and support the development of a thriving cultural and leisure economy that draws upon hidden heritage in Penge and strength of community networks.' [Joining the Dots. E40] The Penge Heritage Trail will highlight and foster all these aspects and create opportunities for further cultural and educational growth for the benefit of all.

Steps to get it done:

  • By appealing for crowd-funding towards an £8,348.49 target to cover costs.
  • Publicise the project in and around Penge with the support of various networks.
  • Secure funding from the New Homes Bonus with the support and backing of Bromley Council and the Penge Town Team.

Pledges of money large or small are welcome. Pledges of £100 to £499 will be listed as Main Sponsors. Pledges of £500 upwards will be listed as Principal sponsors. Principal sponsors will be allowed a logo to accompany their name. All sponsors will be listed on the proposed website. Thank you for your support.

Location Bromley

About the space

Penge, SE20


London Borough of Bromley

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How will the money be spent?Total £38,033

Purchase of 12 bronze pavement plaques and 1 blue wall plaque - £15,000 (39%)
Installation of 12 bronze pavement plaques. - £15,000 (39%)
Web design and upload; two years training. - £3,864 (10%)
Heritage Trail pamphlet; logo design - £1,600 (4%)
Printing of pamplet: 3000 copies initially, with a further 3000 to follow. - £780 (2%)
Design of twelve pavement plaques - £600 (2%)
Launch event - £500 (1%)
Drawings and photos - £200 (1%)
Other - £489 (1%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Purchase of 12 bronze pavement plaques and 1 blue wall plaque
Installation of 12 bronze pavement plaques.
Web design and upload; two years training.
Heritage Trail pamphlet; logo design
Printing of pamplet: 3000 copies initially, with a further 3000 to follow.
Design of twelve pavement plaques
Launch event
Drawings and photos
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £38,033

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