The new Camberwell Renewal magazine is out, and has an interesting (if brief) article on early immigrants to the area; the 18th Century Huguenot families Minet, Champion and De Crespigny who have lent their names to our streets, and the 19th Century German immigrants who had to Anglicise their names when the First World War started, and as a result have only a limited psycho-geographic impact; The Platanes on Champion Hill was owned by the Kleinwort family, and the Beneckes of Denmark Hill played host to Felix Mendelssohn when he wrote his famous ‘Spring Song’ (nee ‘Camberwell Green’).
I had wondered if the Walworth Road was named after William Walworth, fishmonger turned Mayor, who ended the peasants’ revolt by stabbing Wat Tyler in the neck at Smithfield. Turns out the area pre-dates the man, and has a fascinating history all of its own.
The story of the Wilson roads is equally interesting. Who else has stories of their area’s history to tell?
Elsewhere in Camberwell Renewal they have a photographic retrospective of the year gone by. The new toilet on Camberwell Green gets mentioned rather prominently, which shows how little real renewal has happened. I think I should start planning my year-end review soon.
Reader sg has suggested a meet-up soon, perhaps around the roaring flame-effect of the Hermit’s Cave; anyone else interested, or is the festive season occupying your time now?