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17 November talk on Charles Henry Driver

Peckham Rye station began operating in 1865. The building was Grade 2 listed in early 2008 by English Heritage after years of campaigning by the Peckham Society. It was designed by the noted Victorian architect Charles Henry Driver, who also designed some of London’s great pumping stations. Driver was also an energetic proponent of cast iron. In the station’s alterations in the 1930s and 1960s most of the station’s distinctive cast-iron work was removed. Examples of this can still be seen at the Denmark Hill and Battersea Park stations. The original iron stair remains in Peckham Rye station, and the work initiated by local groups will restore this, and extend it to the restored Old Waiting Room.

You can find out more about Charles Henry Driver at the meeting in Norwood on 17th November – see below and attached FOWNC autumn talk Nov 2012.

Info from Peckham Vision
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Friends of West Norwood Cemetery

Autumn Talk:
Charles Henry Driver – Pioneering Victorian Architect

2.30-4 pm Saturday 17 November
at Chatsworth Baptist Church Hall
Idmiston Road, SE27

Dr Paul Dobraszczyk of Reading University will talk about the life and works of the architect who pioneered the use of ornamental iron work and tiling in industrial buildings.

CH Driver is buried in West Norwood.  He worked on The Crystal Palace with Joseph Paxton, and with Joseph Bazalgette on the Thames Embankment and the richly decorated pumping houses at Abbey Mills and Crossness. Other famous works include London Bridge, Peckham Rye and Denmark Hill railway stations.

Talks are free.  Donations are appreciated to support the Friends’ conservation work

Walk/drive down Chatsworth Way until you see the modern Chatsworth Baptist Church, fork right down the side of the church (you are now in Idmiston Road).  Look for the second door which will have the talk poster and a sign on the wall that says Chatsworth Family Centre.  It is just before the modern block of flats. (Don’t go to the left of the church as there is another hall there that is not the venue.)

[note: There are engineering disruptions on the usually good rail service from Peckham Rye to West Norwood that day replaced by bus services, so it takes 23 mins instead of 11 mins, every 30 mins. 13.40 from Peckham Rye arrives West Norwood 14.03. It is still quicker than by the two buses service which takes about 40 mins]


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