Public Meeting with the Dulwich Estate

Tuesday 29th September 2009 at 7:30pm
St Barnabas Parish Hall, Dulwich Village
The Dulwich Society is arranging a series of public meetings over the next twelve months to discuss residents’ views on Dulwich as it is now and their aspirations for its future.

The first meeting will be with representatives of the Trustees of The Dulwich Estate, the Estate Management Office and the Scheme of Management Administrator.

The purpose of the meeting is to review the wider aspects of the Estate’s stewardship of the area. Queries regarding individual properties will not be discussed.

There will be opportunities for questions from the floor but, in order to cover a relevant balance of subjects, it would be helpful if these could be provided in advance so that they may be collated, and in order, to avoid any duplication. If you have any questions you would like put to the Estate please send them by email to the Dulwich Society Chairman, Ian McInnes, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Topics to be covered include:                       

The Dulwich Estate:
A brief history
The Estate’s role today

The Scheme of Management:
A brief history
Policy Guidelines               
Trees on the Estate
Relationships with Southwark Council
The Advisory Committee

In addition, if you have not looked at the Estate’s new website at, you should do so as there is a considerable amount of information on it that may answer many more general queries.                   

Local History Day  ‘Dulwich House Detectives’

Sunday 11 October 2009
12-4pm. In the Linbury Room, Dulwich Picture Gallery                                                                            

In conjunction with the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Dulwich Society is organizing a day on the subject of researching the history of one’s house.
Those interested in finding out more are fortunate in that most of the land in Dulwich has been owned by one institution for a long period of time. Not only has this determined the character of the area, but also an exceptional series of records survive to throw light on building development.

Throughout the day, there will be an exhibition of maps, photographs and documents. Archivists from Dulwich College and Southwark Local History Library and local historians from the Dulwich Society will be present to give advice on the most useful sources for research. A leaflet will be available describing where they can be found. Gareth Martin from estate agents, Harvey Wheeler, will give approximate current valuations of properties in particular roads.

A programme of short talks will take place every hour:
12.30 The development of Dulwich up to 1920, by Brian Green
1.30 The development of Dulwich after 1920, by Ian McInnes
2.30 Sources in Southwark Local History Library, by Stephen Humphrey
3.30 Sources in Dulwich College Archives, by Calista Lucy

This is a good opportunity to learn more about Dulwich’s fascinating past and how you can find out about the history of your own property. Those who have old photographs, plans or documents relating to local properties would welcome to bring them.
There is no charge to attend

Cleaner Greener Safer awards

The Society application to the Dulwich Community Council for funding to assist in the repair of the decorative fountain in memory of Doctor Webster, in the middle of the Burbage Road/Dulwich Village roundabout has been successful.  It also successfully applied for a grant for new fencing to the Marlborough cricket ground on the South Circular Road near the junction of Lordship Lane.

Other grants towards funding include a new gate from Great Brownings on to Low Cross Wood lane and the installation of a new pedestrian ramp in Giles Coppice - both of these are on Dulwich Estate developments and will require permission form the Estate to proceed.

The Stradella Road Residents’ Association also received backing for security improvements to the service area behind the shops on the south side of Half Moon Lane. This award is subject to equal funding from the Dulwich Estate which is the ground landlord of the shops.

Local History Sub-committee

The special character of Dulwich is due largely to its history and the way the area has developed within the Dulwich Estate over the last 400 years. There is a strong interest in the people who lived here, their houses, local schools, churches and other institutions from residents of Dulwich as well as from those with family connections.

The Dulwich Society’s local history sub-committee has lost several valued members recently for various reasons; and anyone actively interested in the history of Dulwich who wishes to join would be welcomed as a new member. The committee meets three times a year to organise local history walks, talks and events; individuals carry out research and contribute to the Society’s Journal. With an increased membership, more could be done to enhance the history section of the Society’s website, publish local history and generally make the Society more active in this aspect of its work.
Those who would like to know more or receive details about where and when the committee meets should contact the Chairman, Bernard Nurse on 0207-326-1786 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The Society distributes its quarterly journal for free because a good number of members have volunteered to deliver copies door to door. The considerable postage thus saved is applied to enhancing the amenity of the area.  A number of members who have been zone distributors for many years have indicated they wish to be relieved of this task.

The job entails collecting the journals, or having them delivered, from a central location (College Road, by the Tollgate) and delivering the relevant number of copies to the street distributors, who actually put the journal through the letter boxes. The zone distributor’s work takes no more than 3 - 4 hours, four times a year. 

For this purpose, we have divided Dulwich into zones, each of which is lead by a zone distributor, and we are urgently looking for new volunteers to act as zone distributors in four of our zones. We would be most grateful if you could help us by becoming a Zone distributor for one of the zones listed below.
Zone A1:  Central Dulwich Village area - 159 journals to 4 street distributors
Zone B: Central Dulwich Village and streets eastwards - 157 journals to 8 street distributors
Zone F: South and West Dulwich -136 journals to 3 street distributors   
Zone G: Sydenham Hill area - 44 journals to 1 distributor.
If you are able to help please email Ian McInnes, the chairman, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0208 693 6313.

We are also interested to hear from other members who are prepared to help by delivering journals in streets any of these zones.

Conservation Areas at Risk

English Heritage have reported that 81 Conservation Areas in London are at risk.  Regrettably Southwark Council did not fully complete all the surveys, those that they did were taken into account.  Eleven London boroughs and the City of London failed to complete the survey by the deadline.

Conservation Areas were introduced by the 1967 Civic Amenities Act as ‘areas of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance’.

The top ten threats to the condition of conservation areas (based on an English Heritage survey of local authorities)
1.  Plastic windows and doors (83% of conservation areas affected)
2.  Poorly maintained roads and pavements  (60%)
3.  Street clutter  (45%)
4.  Loss of front garden walls, fences and hedges  (43%)
5.  Unsightly satellite dishes  (38%)
6.  Effects of traffic calming or traffic management  (36%)
7.  Alterations to the fronts, roofs and chimneys of buildings  (34%)
8.  Unsympathetic extensions  (31%)
9.  Impact of advertisements  (23%)
10.Neglected green spaces  (18%)

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