This year’s Southwark Blue Plaque scheme includes four nominations with Dulwich connections:  

James Henderson founded the South London Press in 1865. He also started the first penny daily newspaper in the UK, the first halfpenny illustrated magazine, the largest circulation provincial newspaper, and the first British comic. You can read about him in our Journal here.

Zdenka Pokorna was a Czech teacher and anti-Nazi campaigner who defied the Nazi and Communist authorities. After exile from her homeland in 1948 she spent the rest of her life (she was almost 102 when she died in 2007), in Dulwich where she continued campaigning. An article will appear in our next Journal.

Francis Rossi of Status Quo was born in Forest Hill and played his first gig at a sports club in Dulwich in the 1960s. He lived on Lordship Lane in the 1970s, above what is now Leyland Paint.

Apsley Pellatt inherited his father’s Southwark glass factory and developed an innovative process for the enclosure of ceramics within glass. He was MP for Southwark in the 1850s. Pellatt lived at Blackwater Cottage in Lordship Lane, now the location of Blackwater Street, and Pellatt Rd is named for him.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 June with your vote. The winner will be announced later this year. More on all the nominees here.