On Saturday we had the privilege of seeing Camberwell (and the rest of London) from above, as we took advantage of the Open House day at the William Booth Memorial College to climb the pigeon‐shit‐encrusted spiral stairs of the tower and take a look at the fantastic vista it overlooks. I have some nice pictures, which I’ll post shortly. At the top of the tower I met Merrick, of this blog’s comments fame. Not sure if anyone else was around at the time I was; I was there at about 3pm. I was the one with the scruffy beard and the sun‐kissed look.
On the way down to the Chinese supermarket to get some fish, I noticed that Willow has closed down. Restaurants just don’t seem able to hold their own in this area.
I didn’t attend the march to save Camberwell Baths; call me cynical, but I think marches have to be backed up with something a little more substantial. We live in a society where facilities are judged not by their usefulness, but by their ability to turn a profit; in order to show that the Baths are of use to the community, they need to be used more — however, in order to be used more, they need to be cleaned up and reformed. Catch 22. Instead of a march, there should have been a swim‐in; everyone pays their money and fills the pool. The sight of all that money crossing the counters would have the owners far more interested.
Finally, here’s possibly my favourite bit of Camberwell history I’ve ever read:
Army and Navy pensioners held a cricket match between one‐armed and one‐legged veterans in Camberwell, London, in August 1841. The Army lost by 19 runs to 176, allegedly because they had more one‐legged players.