Charlton House’s summer house hit by lead thieves again

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The summer house before the theft (Photo: Neil Clasper)

Charlton House’s summer house has had lead stolen from its roof for the second year running, almost to the same day and time.

Staff at Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust, which runs the house, believe the theft occurred on Monday evening as team members noticed the lead was missing on Tuesday. Ladders are believed to have been used as marks were found on the ground beside the summer house.

The Grade I-listed summer house, which is believed to have been designed by Inigo Jones, has been undergoing restoration since 2017, and the theft combined with last week’s wet weather puts the ongoing work at risk.

The trust’s Helen Moon told The Charlton Champion: “We are currently seeking advice from Historic England in regards to the best way forward, as well as working with the roof specialist Peter Clover and the architectural firm Research Design.”

The theft has been reported to the police, but if you have any information, the trust has asked to be contacted at info[at]rght.org.uk.


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Parksfest 2019 at Mycenae House this Sunday

Following on from June’s Charlton Park Parksfest, Mycenae House & Gardens hosts a Summer Sunday Extravaganza on the 28th of July, from 12pm to 5.30pm.

It’s the sixth time Friends of Mycenae Gardens has hosted a summer garden party and they promise a family friendly day with dance, theatre, arts & crafts, and a packed programme of workshops and activities.

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Organisations participating in the day include Emergency Exit Arts, JK Performing Arts, diddi dance, Theatretrain Greenwich, Tiptoes & Tappers, BoPeeps Preschool, Follies Face & Body Painting, Baby Sensory Greenwich, Toddler Sense Greenwich and Kerry on Dancing.

You can also hear live music from The Kimberleys, Roslyn Lloyd, Mary and The Lost, and Blackheath Centre for Singing, plus Morris dancing from Greenwich Morris Men.

See below for a video of last year’s event, and as with all Parksfest events, entry is free.

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Faraday Works: Developer to host updated exhibition on Charlton Riverside development

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The Faraday Building, soon to be demolished, if U+I gets permission (photo: Neil Clasper)

Developer U+I is hosting a new exhibition for its Faraday Works development, next to the Thames Barrier, on 11 and 13 July. The exhibition intends to update local residents on U+I’s revised plans following a similar exhibition in February.

The developer intends to build 500 homes ranging from 6 to 13 stories, with at least 35% of the homes to be “affordable”, with a priority for housing at social rent (usually half of market rents). The scheme is reusing buildings from the giant Siemens cable works, which closed in the late 1960s.

The Wire Workshop element of the scheme would create 460 jobs as a co-working hub for local businesses, and the scheme also plans to keep light industry on site, with the Telegraph Works building being extended to accommodate industry downstairs and homes above.

The Faraday Building at 37 Bowater Road will be demolished as part of the development, with U+I stating that it has “reviewed ways to achieve full retention… but it is not possible to achieve the same levels of benefits without the removal of the Faraday Building. The replacement will replicate the materials and façade as faithfully as possible.”

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Artist’s impression of the restored Bowater Road (photo: U+I)

Feedback from the first exhibition, in February, included requests for retail and community space, and U+I now plans to include a shop on Bowater Road and discounted use of the Wire Workshops facilities for residents. It also proposes a new museum focusing on the history of the site.

If you would like to review the exhibition boards from February, they can be found on the Faraday Works website.

The dates and times for the exhibition, to be held at 25 Bowater Road, on the Westminster Industrial Estate, are as follows:

  • Thursday 11 July 2019, 8am to 10am
  • Thursday 11 July 2019, 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 13 July 2019, 12pm to 4pm

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