‘Corbett’ Homes are solid, spacious Victorian buildings in Hither Green and parts of Catford
Last Thursday evening saw the launch of the Archibald Corbett Society. It took place at Torridon Road Library and over 80 local residents came along to support the new venture honouring the Victorian developer of parts of Hither Green and Upper Catford.
A little over a century ago, most of Hither Green was just fields and Archibald Cameron Corbett, the landowner, developed the area after doing a deal with the brand new railway station to get cheap travel tickets for home owners! Would that were still the case!
Heidi Alexander MP was invited to help launch the Society and she praised the foresight of Corbett for building such large family homes. Lewisham Mayor Sir Steve Bullock was also present and he wished the new society well in his capacity of Chair of Lewisham Local History Society. So where were the modern developers with similar ’place making’ and community shaping ambitions?
Also in attendance were Councillors from Catford South and Lewisham Central.
History: Archibald Cameron Corbett was a Scottish Presbyterian which perhaps explains the road names- Killearn, Ardoch, Arngask... AND the lack of pubs! To this day the deeds of these houses prohibit the ‘opening of ale houses!’
The driving force behind the establishment of the Society is Peter Ranken, long time Hither Green resident. Many thanks to Peter, The Corbett Residents’ Association and the Lewisham History Society.
Thanks also to the team of Connisborough College students who did a great job catering the event.
The first AGM of the Society at which officers will be elected and a constitution agreed will take place on 7.30pm, Monday 4 November at the Assemblies of God Church , Glenfarg Road, SE6 1XJ
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