This poem by Ray Pool was uploaded to writeoutload in September 2017, you can hear Ray read this poem at this link. You can also hear Ray read samples of other poems.
in the father redcap on camberwell green
a fight broke out
the worst i’ve seen
blood and beer all up the walls
all the fault of billy bloxsome
now the pub has changed its name
it’s called the nollywood club (for nigerians)
fair do’s. I’ve never tried to knock one out
all those boozers have changed or gone
familiar faces on the streets an age away.
More cameras and bollards,
but that’s modern times.
Let’s make it clear
there’s more fear out there than ever was
in the father redcap on camberwell green.
(and yes, billy was good to his mum).
This painting by George Shepherd is held in a private collection.
It is a view looking north from the Herne Hill side of the Triangle. Now the home of the Fox on the Hill. In the distance you can see a row of large houses and the top of Denmark Hill Chapel.
The chapel was built in 1773. “It was said that the inhabitants of Camberwell Green area “found it very difficult or impracticable to procure Seats or accomodation to attend divine service in the Parish Church of Camberwell” (St Giles)”. It was demolished in 1846, to allow the building of St Matthews Church, on the site of the current Dental Hospital.
More on the Denmark Hill Chapel here:
George Shepherd was born in 1784 and died in 1862. More on George Shepherd on Wikipedia
This painting is by Arthur Robert Laird and was painted in 1953. It is part of the Southwark Heritage collection.
This oil painting by Antonia Myatt is titled Camberwell Green.
On the right a photo by Robin Scott, 26 August 2013. From Geograph.
Rock Steady Eddies Camberwell “Full English” by Ed Gray. Painted 2006.
Just a note: the cook in the painting is Sal , Eddies brother. Eddie is his time was a local champion arm wrestler.