Unloved Sunray Gardens?
Until quite recently, Sunray Gardens was one of the smaller jewels in Dulwich’s crown. Today, some feel it is neglected. In the past a Friends of Sunray Gardens group ensured this remarkable open space, originally designed by that great garden designer Humphrey Repton as part of the grounds of Casina, a grand house which stood on the top of Red Post Hill, was well maintained. A group of concerned local residents are in the process of reforming the Friends of Sunray Gardens. with a view to providing volunteers on the first Sunday of each month, meeting at 10am until 1pm. The first meeting started in May. There is a lot of work to be done, in cooperation with Southwark Council, to tidy up the park as well as longer term development and planning about which the group seeks to consult and communicate.
There is no membership fee, no requirement to volununteer and everyone is invited to join. All suggestions for the park improvements are welcome. Email:
Mural at the Charter School
Following the bad weather in February and March, a small area of tiles was dislodged from the large mural on the side of the main hall at the Charter School. Typical of its period, the mural was part of the original school built in the late 1950s. The Society has funded a specialist report on the mural’s condition and temporary repairs will be carried out to make sure that there is no further damage from weather ingress.
The tiles were supplied by Carters of Poole, now known as the Poole Pottery. The firm started manufacturing in 1873 and their products will be known to local residents as they were used extensively on the London underground, most notably on the Victoria line. At one time they also provided the GLC blue plaques.
The question though is what to do for the longer term. The school has other priorities in these times of more stringent cost controls but it is an important part of the school’s history and should be repaired - perhaps the Council could help out.
An ‘Egg-cellent’ Idea
The traders in Dulwich Village promoted Dulwich’s historical legacy with an Easter Egg hunt in April. Devised by Mary Green and supported by The Dulwich Estate and the Traders’ Association, thirty local artists were invited to create an image on an oversized egg of some aspect of Dulwich’s past. Lord Byron, Margaret Thatcher, P G Wodehouse and Edward Alleyn featured and characters such as Frankenstein and The Queen of the Gipsies were also reproduced. Accompanying the eggs was an illustrated map noting the historical significance of the egg portrayals and their location.
During the recent Dulwich Festival the entire collection was exhibited in one of the shop windows