Greenwich’s Heritage Wall

This, folks, is a Heritage Wall. No, I don’t know what makes a heritage wall either, but whatever they are, this is one. Mark and I have been wondering if this means it might enjoy some level of protection, given all the controversy in this little part of town, but I’m not counting on it.

It’s an oddity – on the beer garden side (i.e. the pub side) it has blocked up doors and windows and on the green side, it’s clearly had the rest of it removed save for some white tiles – perhaps it’s what’s left of bomb damage?

But these ‘memorials’ fascinate me. They say who erected them but fail to say what or who they remember.

I’m assuming they’re left over from the churchyard – but maybe not?

So – a bunch of unanswered questions today.

A) What actually is a Heritage Wall – and does that give it any protection whatsoever?

B) What used to be here – Shops? Houses? St Peters?

C) Who do these memorials remember?

Answers on a postcard, please…

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7 Comments to “Greenwich’s Heritage Wall”

  1. shellback says:

    Contemporary Art?

  2. Alan Burkitt-Gray says:

    They look like the sort of foundation stones you often see in Methodist chapels — all bearing names of the bigwigs of the community and all the same date: July 12 1887.

    Foundation dates were very significant in old Methodist churches — when I went to a Methodist Sunday school in Yorkshire in the 1960s we spent from January to May every year rehearsing for the particular chapel’s anniversary.

    I wonder if there was some sort of chapel on the site, of which the wall, with the memorial stones, is the only surviving trace? A map of the 1890s should offer a clue.

  3. Crawfie says:

    I like the irony of a methodist church next to the Lord Hood

  4. Ms Teapot says:

    1867 map says St Peter’s School – looks like an additional building for the other school building across the road. 1913 has it labelled as ‘Inst’, so by then, some kind of institute. A contemporary street directory would tell you what kind.

  5. Ms Teapot says:
    - maybe this bomb knocked it down, whatever it was.

  6. Charlie says:

    I’ve had a look at the 1902 Kelly’s Directory and the south side of Bridge Street (now Creek Road) going west from the Lord Hood reads:

    29. Lord Hood Arms, P.H., John Coneau
    31. Steward, John, greengrocer
    35. Dean, Misses Eliza and Anne, confectioners.
    37 & 39. West Greenwich Ragged School & Working Lads’ Institute, Robert McClure, sec.

    Could the plaques be from the Ragged School? According to Charles Booth’s notebooks it was on Bridge St in 1889, so maybe that’s what the 1887 stones commemorate.

    A bit of cursory counting of buildings along Bridge St on the 1913 OS map suggests the street numbers could match up: there are 3 house-sized dwellings west of the Lord Hood and then the building marked ‘Inst.’ mentioned by Ms Teapot.

  7. TGP says:

    Nice sleuthing Charlie! Yes, actually that area was quite tough in Victorian times – Booth goes on about it at length. And the wonderful book about Wood Wharf (and Josephine Bell’s Port of London Murders) you can get in the visitor centre imply it carried on into the 20th century