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Concerned with the Heritage, Liveability and Quality of Life of Ladywell Conservation Area and Ladywell Ward in SE London.

Ladywell, The Historic Heart of Lewisham, where Leof the Jute may have burnt his boat and settled in the 7th Century! We conduct annual tours and are concerned with planning applications, trees, local traders, streetscene quality, building works and biodiversity in parks and gardens.


Involved with other local groups negotiating with LBL about the future of the Playtower. It is hoped that a Building Preservation Trust can be set up, and the Playtower renovated for community use.

Negotiated with the architects of the Ladywell Adhesive Specialities Ltd building for a sympathetic design. Involved in the first of appeals by the owner to the Planning Inspectorate, resulting in the upholding of the Council's decision to refuse planning permission. A subsequent appeal was successful.

Brockley Conservation Area has been extended to top of Vicars Hill, and the Ladywell Conservation Area has just been instigated (April 2010).

European 'LIFE' and other funding has resulted in works on the River Ravensbourne and Ladywell Fields for wildlife and people (new river channel, cycle routes (hopefully even under Ladywell Rd) into hospital, new paths, bridges and access to station. Felled wood reused in park; education centre and nature reserve opened up & used, skate park built.

We have been successful in adding local buildings to the Statutory List of Historic or Special Architectural Interest:

Ladywell Railway Stn (1857)

The Old Fire Stn (1898)

Police Stn (1899)

Coroners Court (1894)

Playtower (1884)

Monthly open committee meetings are held in the Ladywell Fields Environmental Education Centre (Old Waiting Room, Ladywell Station), access through Ladywell Fields. First Tuesday of every month, 7.45 - 9pm.

All local people welcome to meeting and/or Yahoo group

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  • Mar 2, 2003
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