Changing the Pickup, Coldharbour Lane by A.E.R.Larking

This painting from the Southwark Council Art Collection was painted in 1947

(c) Southwark Art Collection; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

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George Arthur Roberts, soldier, firefighter, Londonder and Trinidadian

On 11th September, 2016, a blue plaque was unveiled on the Samuel Lewis Trust estate on Warner Road.

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Photo: Loughborough-Junction blog

It was put up to celebrate the life of  George Roberts. He was born in Trinidad on August 1st, 1890.

At the beginning of WW1 having trained as an electrician, he enlisted in the Trinidad Army and made his way to England and signed up as a Rifleman with the Middlesex Regiment. He saw action at the battles of Loos, the Somme and then the Dardenelles. He was wounded both at Loos and at the Battle of the Somme. He had a talent for throwing enemy bombs back into enemy lines. He was given leave during the war to return to Trinidad to recruit more men, and was able to sign up more than 250 recruits.

After the war, he settled in Peckham and worked at his trade of electrician. In 1931, he was one of the founder members of The League of Coloured Peoples, an organisation founded by Dr Harold Moody.

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When World War 11 broke out he enlisted in the Home Front, working as a firefighter in Southwark after completing his training in 1939. Working out of New Cross Fire Station he was promoted Section Leader in 1943 and was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Kings 1944 Birthday honours.

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Picture Post July 11, 1942

He was a vigorous campaigner for ex servicemans rights and founded the local branch of the British Legion. He lived in the Samuel Trust Estate for 50 years until his death in Kings College Hospital in January 1970.

Around this time, he had his portrait painted by Norman Heppel. According to  Southwark News the whereabouts of the painting is unknown.

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Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Arthur_Roberts

Southwark News , 15 September 2016: article by Alex Yeates

A lot of the information used in the Southwark News article was based on research by Stephen Bourne  http://www.stephenbourne.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

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A new Artwork at Loughborough Junction

At some point in August this new artwork was hung on the Green Man Skills Centre.

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It is a Shimmer Wall Green Man which shimmers and sparkles in the sunshine.  A collaboration organised by Sunshine International Arts & 40 + local residents in November 2016.

It was funded by Matthew Betts, the Landlord of the building with assistance from Shimmerwalls UK.  Matthew is responsible for the regeneration of the old Green Man pub which was looking rather sad and run down after it’s closure in 2003. A trailblazer for the regeneration now happening in Loughborough Junction.

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The Green Man is a symbol of rebirth and regeneration. Here is a link to Green Man on Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Man

 

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Warped London by Samuel Wray

This painting, Oil on Canvas is set in Loughborough Junction at night time.

Warped London Samuel Wray

http://artawards.clydeco.com/gallery/untitled-samuel-wray-easton-city-guilds-of-london-art-school/

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It won’t take you there…

This sign in Loughborough Junction on the corner of Loughborough Road & Coldharbour Lane points you south …

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Minet Library and Lambeth Archives are of course in the opposite direction… heading north. Who knows how long it’s been there, just noticed it today.

I guess some joker has swung it round.

 

 

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Seven Railway Bridges in Loughborough Junction

Loughborough Junction has 7 railway bridges and for most of my time in LJ they have existed in a faded, grafitteed and generally grotty state. 7 Bridges describe themselves as an arts led regeneration project focused on improving the appearance of Loughborough Junction. It was officially launched back in September 2015 with a party at Cambria Road bridge.

http://www.7-bridges.org/

The second bridge on Loughborough Road is now under way. It has been apparently a long and complicated process to gather together all the necessary permissions and find the funding.  Congrats to all involved.

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This is what the bridge looked like in the early 1900’s.

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This is just one image from the underside of Loughborough Road bridge.

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The 1st completed project was the Cambria Road bridge and here are some photos

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All photos by Nick Stevens, taken December 2015.

 

 

 

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Loughborough Junction, SE24 by Harriet Piercy

Loughborough Junction, SE24

Loughborough Junction, SE24 by Harriet Piercy

https://harrietpiercy.wordpress.com

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