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1. The Cupolae of Lewisham
    The Internet claims that the best Cupolae are in far-off lands.
    But Lewisham can hold its own, as this selection shows.
2. Lewisham Peoples’ Day (2013-07-13)
    Lewisham's annual day out in the Park.
    and LLHS were there, of course.
3. Appreciating the Ravensbourne (2013-07-21)
    A walk along the banks of the Pool/Ravensbourne rivers.
    Led by Gordon Dennington.
4. The Excalibur pre-fab Estate (2014-01-18)
    A walk round the largest remaining pre-fab estate.
    Led by pre-fab expert Elisabeth Blanchet.
5. The Glue Factory, 59 Ladywell Road
    Once a well-known local landmark.
    It was demolished some years ago.
5a. The Glue Factory, 59 Ladywell Road – New!
    Now re-built.
6. Doing the Wandle Walk (Saturday 2014-06-07)
    A conducted Walk along the River Wandle.
    Led by Jane Bowden-Dan, LLHS member.
7. GPS (“Satnav”) explained
    Is the Excalibur prefab estate aligned with the Meridian?
    We used GPS to show that it is true.
8. Lewisham Wildlife
    If you have a picture of an unusual local animal
    or plant, we could include it in this list.
    

    Lewisham Cupolae Quiz


 Answers here.

    Lewisham Peoples’ Day (2013-07-13)


    Main Entrance


There was a discreet security presence as we came in.

    All the fun of the Fair


Plenty of visitors, as there is every year.

    The LLHS Stand...


“Monsters” was the subject of a recent Talk - nothing more.

    ...signing up a new member.


    Appreciating the Ravensbourne (2013-07-21)


    Catford - the start of the Walk.


The Walk was led by Gordon Dennington.

    It was a very hot day.


    Ducks.


    Quite a lot of concrete...


    The end of the Walk.


Handy for Sydenham Sainsburys’ Café - which closes early on Sunday.

    The Excalibur pre-fab Estate (2014-01-18)


    Briefing in the Site Office.


The Walk was led by Elisabeth Blanchet.

    We all start the Walk.


The Estate was built in 1946 in the London Borough of Lewisham.


    A very well looked-after pre-fab.


    There are a number of lanes like this.


    Inside a pre-fab.


The living-room, leading to the kitchen (with refrigerator).

    Two hours later...


...a welcome cup of tea - it was a very cold day.

    Fire at the Prefab Museum

To get the latest news, The Prefab Museum has a Facebook page (which you can visit without being a member). Here you can see photographs of the damage, and hopefully get news of the re-opening. For more details,
Click here.
The plan to keep the Museum open until 2017 depended on the raising of £15,000 to cover the cost; if this could be done, the extended opening would be permitted. Elisabeth's response to this was to attempt a very new way to raise money - "Crowdfunding". It is rather like buying shares in a new Company, except that it is done on the Internet and there is very little paperwork involved.
There is a Website called Kickstarter that organises this funding method; to see how it works, Click here.
You can see that the target was reached, on time. Here, there are photographs of the Museum, and a video to watch.
What will happen now? We must wait and see. Your Web Editor would like to point out (and this is merely an observation, as no facts are available) that the Museum prefab may be so badly damaged that demolition is inevitable, but there are still a good number of prefabs remaining. Maybe it will be possible to move the Museum into one of them.
I am sure that all Members will wish for a happy outcome to this devastating event.


Elisabeth Blanchet outside her Prefab Museum.
13th November 2014 - still no news.

    The Glue Factory, 59 Ladywell Road


    The Glue Factory - demolished 2010


Photo: 2014-01-25

    The Glue Factory - demolished 2010


Photo: 2014-01-25; viewed from what was the entrance gate on the bridge.
The site fits between the railway (left) and the river on the right.

    The Glue Factory - demolished 2010


The site as shown on Google Earth at least four years ago.
The factory occupied a very small part of the awkwardly-shaped site.
The walkway from the factory to the bridge can be clearly seen.

    As it looked in 2003-06-18


Was it a fake? See: Brockley Blogspot 2010-12

    The Glue Factory, 59 Ladywell Road – rebuilt


The building as shown on Google Earth in February 2017.
A "Street View" image taken from the other side of the road.


The usage is part residential, part office space.


The walkway from the factory to the bridge is not greatly changed.


    Answers to Quiz

1. Clock Tower feature.
2. Cinema, Ladywell (now Riley's Bar).
3. Boone's Chapel.
4. Trinity Primary School, Leahurst Road.
5. Lewisham Hospital.
6. Lewisham Town Hall.
7. 22 Brownhill Road (corner with Plassy Road) - marked “Suburban...”.
8. Pub “BLACKHORSE & HARROW”, opp. Town Hall, now called “The Goose on the Green”.
9. Forest Hill Library.
10. Above Garland Bros shop (now closed), Deptford, corner of A2/Brookmill Road.