Long live Lewisham: Top 10 places and people that make borough unique and diverse

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Hot on the heels of 10 weird quirks that give Lewisham its special character comes this top 10 of places and people that “make the borough what it is - a unique and diverse community”.

The list has been compiled by Kathi Hankinson, 49, from Lewisham.

1. The people of Lewisham who worked together to save Lewisham Hospital - makes me proud to live here. The sense of community throughout is shown with local festivals and fayres.

News Shopper: Markets: Deptford Market and Food Court

2. Deptford High Street market where creed and colour mix in harmony.

3. The libraries, especially the telephone box library - where else has one?

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Photo from Lewisham Micro Library Facebook page

4. Quirky bars, social spaces and independent restaurants: Little Nan's Bar, The Catford Constitutional Club, The Rivoli Ballroom, The Orchard, Le Querce, Meze Mangal etc

News Shopper: Pop into Little Nan's Bar in Deptford to try her 103-year-old drink recipes

Photo: Little Nan's Bar in Deptford

5. Some great shops and top-class services: Rolls and Rems, Supreme Animal Foods, The White Room, The Turkish Food Centre, The John Hankinson Veterinary Clinic (biased!).

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Photo by by weatherpixie via Flickr

6. Lewisham market - where else can you buy that much fruit and veg at those prices?

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Photo by Julie70 via Flickr

7. All 45 parks in Lewisham - perhaps more than any other borough?

News Shopper: Beckenham Place Park woods

Photo: Beckenham Place Park woods

8. Incredible arts scene - art, theatre, music, dance etc.

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9. Horniman Museum – where the world's natural and cultural diversity can be enjoyed in all its glory, bringing the world to Forest Hill.

News Shopper: The revamped bandstand, picture courtesy of Horniman Museum

10. I like that the rest of London looks down on Lewisham - they just don't know!

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12:25pm Mon 24 Mar 14

goldenbroomboy says...

1. The Sharm as we know & love today was established in 1965, prior to that date Lewisham was a separate borough from Deptford. Go back to 1888 & both were within Kent, which is why the White Horse of Kent is on the front wall of Lewisham Hospital .

2. The Sharm is unusual in that the central town of most boroughs is the nice bit, unlike The Sharm which has the kaka bit in the centre. In that respect Sharm is like Maidstone, another dump.

3. I lived in Forest Hill for few months, allegedly one of the borough's better parts. My car was stolen within an hour of moving in.

4. The Sharm has varied relations with neighbouring boroughs.. "Royal" Greenwich tends to look down on Sharm as being an Inner City dump, whilst in Brommers The Sharm is not usually talked about. Suvvak looks down on Sharm as being plastic baddies as opposed to the genuine street gangs found wivin tha same, bro.

5. A colleague of mine, who has worked as a nightclub bouncer in Glasgae, Sydney, & Caracas, was walking back home from Lee station when two youths of an indeterminate race tried to mug him. My colleague simply pushed one huge hand into each pidgeon chest & the would be hard men fell to the ground. When they got up they ran away.

6. Those who grumble about "Eastern Europeans" within Sharm should reflect on the fact that our Slav, Latin, & Mediterreanean friends have made the place "whiter" than it has been for decades.

7.If you want to make some new friends, go to any Sharm park with a few cans of white cider, lots of people will want to talk to you.

8. Sharm Market is great provided you go there in the morning, about noon the crap start to awake. By one o'clock they start to get out of bed.

9. A former girlfriend of mine lived in New Cross, "Rachel" always said that one thing in the favour of Noo Crawss was that at least it was not Peckham.

10. The former Ladywell Met Police Station is famous for an apocryphal story involving a West Indian gentleman who entered the same to ask directions to Blackheath. Upon entry he was arrested, & put in a cell for two hours, following which he was charged with parking his car in a dangerous place, ie outside the police station.
1. The Sharm as we know & love today was established in 1965, prior to that date Lewisham was a separate borough from Deptford. Go back to 1888 & both were within Kent, which is why the White Horse of Kent is on the front wall of Lewisham Hospital . 2. The Sharm is unusual in that the central town of most boroughs is the nice bit, unlike The Sharm which has the kaka bit in the centre. In that respect Sharm is like Maidstone, another dump. 3. I lived in Forest Hill for few months, allegedly one of the borough's better parts. My car was stolen within an hour of moving in. 4. The Sharm has varied relations with neighbouring boroughs.. "Royal" Greenwich tends to look down on Sharm as being an Inner City dump, whilst in Brommers The Sharm is not usually talked about. Suvvak looks down on Sharm as being plastic baddies as opposed to the genuine street gangs found wivin tha same, bro. 5. A colleague of mine, who has worked as a nightclub bouncer in Glasgae, Sydney, & Caracas, was walking back home from Lee station when two youths of an indeterminate race tried to mug him. My colleague simply pushed one huge hand into each pidgeon chest & the would be hard men fell to the ground. When they got up they ran away. 6. Those who grumble about "Eastern Europeans" within Sharm should reflect on the fact that our Slav, Latin, & Mediterreanean friends have made the place "whiter" than it has been for decades. 7.If you want to make some new friends, go to any Sharm park with a few cans of white cider, lots of people will want to talk to you. 8. Sharm Market is great provided you go there in the morning, about noon the crap start to awake. By one o'clock they start to get out of bed. 9. A former girlfriend of mine lived in New Cross, "Rachel" always said that one thing in the favour of Noo Crawss was that at least it was not Peckham. 10. The former Ladywell Met Police Station is famous for an apocryphal story involving a West Indian gentleman who entered the same to ask directions to Blackheath. Upon entry he was arrested, & put in a cell for two hours, following which he was charged with parking his car in a dangerous place, ie outside the police station. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 2

1:37pm Mon 24 Mar 14

sarfflondonbird says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
1. The Sharm as we know & love today was established in 1965, prior to that date Lewisham was a separate borough from Deptford. Go back to 1888 & both were within Kent, which is why the White Horse of Kent is on the front wall of Lewisham Hospital .

2. The Sharm is unusual in that the central town of most boroughs is the nice bit, unlike The Sharm which has the kaka bit in the centre. In that respect Sharm is like Maidstone, another dump.

3. I lived in Forest Hill for few months, allegedly one of the borough's better parts. My car was stolen within an hour of moving in.

4. The Sharm has varied relations with neighbouring boroughs.. "Royal" Greenwich tends to look down on Sharm as being an Inner City dump, whilst in Brommers The Sharm is not usually talked about. Suvvak looks down on Sharm as being plastic baddies as opposed to the genuine street gangs found wivin tha same, bro.

5. A colleague of mine, who has worked as a nightclub bouncer in Glasgae, Sydney, & Caracas, was walking back home from Lee station when two youths of an indeterminate race tried to mug him. My colleague simply pushed one huge hand into each pidgeon chest & the would be hard men fell to the ground. When they got up they ran away.

6. Those who grumble about "Eastern Europeans" within Sharm should reflect on the fact that our Slav, Latin, & Mediterreanean friends have made the place "whiter" than it has been for decades.

7.If you want to make some new friends, go to any Sharm park with a few cans of white cider, lots of people will want to talk to you.

8. Sharm Market is great provided you go there in the morning, about noon the crap start to awake. By one o'clock they start to get out of bed.

9. A former girlfriend of mine lived in New Cross, "Rachel" always said that one thing in the favour of Noo Crawss was that at least it was not Peckham.

10. The former Ladywell Met Police Station is famous for an apocryphal story involving a West Indian gentleman who entered the same to ask directions to Blackheath. Upon entry he was arrested, & put in a cell for two hours, following which he was charged with parking his car in a dangerous place, ie outside the police station.
Very interesting and quite tongue in cheek. Dont agree with the bit about the parks though. Not ALL Sham parks are full of sprawling drunkards, more like squawking, marauding senior school yoots that should really be in the place of worship - school. Do agree about the Sham centre resembling Maidstone - dump! What about the Sham Palace? (Police Station|? No mention of that - nor it's workers come to that. And the wonderful nightlife?.........f
ull of sex starved, lewd, disgusting,megamouth
s, that lower the tone even further. Just a few other delights that make the Sham such a worthwhile place to visit and live - NOT.
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: 1. The Sharm as we know & love today was established in 1965, prior to that date Lewisham was a separate borough from Deptford. Go back to 1888 & both were within Kent, which is why the White Horse of Kent is on the front wall of Lewisham Hospital . 2. The Sharm is unusual in that the central town of most boroughs is the nice bit, unlike The Sharm which has the kaka bit in the centre. In that respect Sharm is like Maidstone, another dump. 3. I lived in Forest Hill for few months, allegedly one of the borough's better parts. My car was stolen within an hour of moving in. 4. The Sharm has varied relations with neighbouring boroughs.. "Royal" Greenwich tends to look down on Sharm as being an Inner City dump, whilst in Brommers The Sharm is not usually talked about. Suvvak looks down on Sharm as being plastic baddies as opposed to the genuine street gangs found wivin tha same, bro. 5. A colleague of mine, who has worked as a nightclub bouncer in Glasgae, Sydney, & Caracas, was walking back home from Lee station when two youths of an indeterminate race tried to mug him. My colleague simply pushed one huge hand into each pidgeon chest & the would be hard men fell to the ground. When they got up they ran away. 6. Those who grumble about "Eastern Europeans" within Sharm should reflect on the fact that our Slav, Latin, & Mediterreanean friends have made the place "whiter" than it has been for decades. 7.If you want to make some new friends, go to any Sharm park with a few cans of white cider, lots of people will want to talk to you. 8. Sharm Market is great provided you go there in the morning, about noon the crap start to awake. By one o'clock they start to get out of bed. 9. A former girlfriend of mine lived in New Cross, "Rachel" always said that one thing in the favour of Noo Crawss was that at least it was not Peckham. 10. The former Ladywell Met Police Station is famous for an apocryphal story involving a West Indian gentleman who entered the same to ask directions to Blackheath. Upon entry he was arrested, & put in a cell for two hours, following which he was charged with parking his car in a dangerous place, ie outside the police station.[/p][/quote]Very interesting and quite tongue in cheek. Dont agree with the bit about the parks though. Not ALL Sham parks are full of sprawling drunkards, more like squawking, marauding senior school yoots that should really be in the place of worship - school. Do agree about the Sham centre resembling Maidstone - dump! What about the Sham Palace? (Police Station|? No mention of that - nor it's workers come to that. And the wonderful nightlife?.........f ull of sex starved, lewd, disgusting,megamouth s, that lower the tone even further. Just a few other delights that make the Sham such a worthwhile place to visit and live - NOT. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 14

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