Lewisham Neighbourhoods Chitter Chatter

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by Melinda, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Lewisham has been repping hard (-ish!) on the boards recently. :)
    We held it down on the South East Vs Richmond faux bun fight!


    So I thought we could make it official, like? :)

  2. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Alright, Ive given it almost an hour and no one has objected/ reported the thread so I'll get stuck in.

    Central Lewisham: Does anyone know what is happening to that corner block of boarded up buildings where The Roebuck Pub/ Wendys Hamburgers used to be? The buildings are across the roundabout from Lewisham Transport Interchange, same side of the street as Boots and Brook Street.

    I know it's forming part of the Lewisham Gateway Development, but since that's not scheduled to complete before 2016, I wondered what was happening now.

    That corner is such an eyesore and just screams 'compulsory purchase'. Ive heard that its either going to house a new arthouse cinema or an extension of Lewisham Shopping Centre.
  3. d.a.s.h

    d.a.s.h New Member

    It would be good to have a cinema in Lewisham town centre, with one you could almost have a normal night out there! But I could see the shopping centre wanting to extend that way as well, cos that end (North end) of the shopping centre as it stands now is gloomy and a bit lacking.
  4. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry


    The map made me realise our house is bounded on three side by borders to Lewisham!!!!! Fuck me, the FEAR now looms large in my heart
    We Southwark types are deeply frightenend by the looming Chavism of the Lewisham hordes just over the hill, now I realise just how close the Terror and Horror is to my front door!!!!!

    Yoiks, I wonder if that Harriet Harman has got any spare Kevlar kit I can hide behind? I may bump into her at a Kebab Shop in Peckham - which she is widely reported to be a regular customer - and ask

    Lock yer doors, the Lewies are comin!!!:D:D
  5. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

  6. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    Dont believe it!!!!!!

    Just cos its in the fucking Soth London Press dont make it true:mad:

    I prefer Southwark News where its all smiles and Pearly Queens!!!:D

    Well I know Peckham aint Perfect, but nearly so........
    Guys who runs our local offy has got the onetime local mainman crack beggar working for him now, man claims hes clean, but I notice he has many eyes watching him 100% of the time......
    Still most of the stabbings happen north of Queens road, so I feel fairl;y safe........:D:D
  7. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    You and your dodgy Southwark acquaintances are dirtying up my pristine Lewisham thread. :mad:!!

    Mashing up our talk of arthouse cinemas! Arthouse! Not Peckham multiplexes where people go "Brraaaaaaap! Braaaaap!" at the screen!

    We leave our back doors open here, dont you know? AND we dont need kevlar vests or a police escort to go shopping!
  8. Poi E

    Poi E Well-Known Member

    What the heck is this "Evelyn" north of New X?
  9. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    :D:D:D There's a little gap onto Southwark from our ward...........:eek:

    me kevlar vest's on order.....;)

    AFAIK there's no cinema at all in Lewisham, never mind an arts one! We have to go to Greenwich or Brixton.
  10. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Lewisham cinema closed down 20 or so years ago. There have been various rumours over the years about the council trying and failing to entice cinema chains back, but there just wasnt the space- but now there is Yay!

    Still we've got a British Tenpin Bowling Association approved Bowling Centre :p
  11. brix

    brix spinster of this parish

    I grew up round there. Got my ears pierced in Chiesman's, watched the original Rocky at that cinema, hung out at the bowling alley...

    Can't believe the cinema closed down 20 years ago :eek: I'm getting old :(
  12. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    Partner is Lewisham born'n'bred, & is always on about Chiesman's when we go to Lewisham! Apparently they had a walkway to the shop built when the one-way was built.

    My Lewisham question: what is, or was, the ancient-looking wall in the middle of the one-way?

    It is to Lewisham what the Submarine is to the Brixton/Camberwell border!
  13. brix

    brix spinster of this parish

    They did have a walkway; I remember it well! I tried to find a picture but failed :(

    However, I did find this picture of the shopping experience in Lewisham in the past http://www.ideal-homes.org.uk/lewisham/lewisham/james-collingwood-draper-1901.htm :hmm: Things have changed a bit since then...

    No idea about the wall I'm afraid. Anyone else know?
  14. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    I vaguely remember Lewisham Cinema being near St Stephen’s Church so this photo looks like the right location. Those buildings either side of the cinema are still there!


    However these photos are also labelled 'Lewisham Odeon.' This kind of looks like where the second entrance to the shopping centre is? The one near Natwest? Was there a cinema there? :confused:

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Ive just read that the old Catford Cinema has been renovated by the Universal Church for the Kingdom of God as a 'place of worship, conference centre and library.' Arent they the shower of shits invoolved in the Victoria Climbie abuse?

    Lewisham is the only London borough with no cinema.
  15. softybabe

    softybabe one merlot then two....

    Good pics!

    Yup, 'tis the shower of shit peeps :mad:

    I can't believe we have no cinemas in Lewisham...i used to love going to the catford cinema although towards its end days 'tis was pretty grime in there :(
  16. softybabe

    softybabe one merlot then two....

    hang on...is Surrey Quays not part of the borough?
  17. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Thats Rotherhithe I think :confused:, if that's true, then its deffo not Lewisham.
  18. ethel

    ethel Well-Known Member

    waitrose have put in a planning application for over the road from me. :)
  19. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Waitrose in Hither Green?!

    We're gentrifying! :)

    E2a Bloody hell that was quick indexing! Was looking up reaction to the waitrose application and this thread was third! Go Sarahluv! Poor Co-op!
  20. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Lewisham Odeon, 1932 Pics from here:http://www.cinephoto2.co.uk/odeon_lewisham_1932_thumbs.htm

    The Foyer;


    The Auditorium;


    Also turns out it was a proper major music venue before it closed! Older Urbs will laugh and roll heir eyes at me- but really I didnt know! Just look who played! :cool::cool:

    The Who- 18 Oct 1970:

    Thin Lizzy- played several times between 1971 and 1979

    David Bowie played in May 1973

    Deep Purple- 12 May 1974

    Black Sabbath-21-Oct. 1975

    Chuck Berry- played in 1973 and again in 1975

    The Cure - 13 Oct. 1979

    Queen (?!)- 20 Dec.1979

    Squeeze (local boys!)- December 1979

    Adam and the Ants- 29 Nov 1980-

    The Clash- Monday 18 Feb 1980
  21. Poi E

    Poi E Well-Known Member

    God it looked stunning! When did they knock it down? The foyer was a nice bit of deco, which you don't see much of in London.
  22. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    init! and 'catford south' ffs!:rolleyes:
    oh dear love, stop expanding your small borough, t'ain't that big!! :eek::D
  23. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Im not sure of the exact dates of it closing/ being knocked down- everything suggests early 1980s.
    I vaguely remember seeing cartoons there as a toddler-some of my earliest memories- huge colour screen- that would be '83/84? maybe.
  24. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Lewisham features prominently in The Clash's 'Bankrobber' video!

    From the vid, it looks like the Bank at issue was the Barclays on the corner of High St and Lewis Grove?

    Lewisham WAY before the pedestrianisation!


    Look, its the Clocktower!


    The Clocktower again, with Chiesmans' in the background (Now a Fitness First and a Yates's!


    Full bankrobber video featuring Lewisham High Street of yester-year!:

    The Clash @Lewisham Odeon concert footage:

    Concert review here: http://homepage.mac.com/blackmarket...8 Lewisham Odeon/80-02-18 Lewisham Odeon.html
  25. ethel

    ethel Well-Known Member

    apparently that yates has closed down.

    i'll have to watch that video later!
  26. Poi E

    Poi E Well-Known Member

    I wonder what happened to all those lovely fittings...crushed with the wrecking ball I guess :(
  27. Nixon

    Nixon peanut butter n.w.o.

    yates has closed down :(
  28. Andy the Don

    Andy the Don Wise men say only fools..

    You are upset by this..??

    Think on the bright side no more pools of blood to avoid early Saturday & sunday morning. It was a shit pub anyway.
  29. Poi E

    Poi E Well-Known Member

    Awful place. Perhaps it will be replaced by something quality, like a Wetherspoons.
  30. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Oh when did it close down?! :) No great loss!

    Lewisham closes down at 6.00pm, there is a such paucity of decent bars and restaurants and hopefully something decent will take over the space soon.
    A super big Morleys? What's the betting on a jumbo poundshop?

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