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:
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:
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.
About the space
London Borough of Bromley