Lewisham Parish Church of St.Mary the Virgin
Heritage Art & Music Festival 10th – 17th October
History: St Mary’s Church is central to the story of Lewisham. Founded, probably in the tenth century, it stands halfway along Lewisham’s long high street and very close to the ancient spring, the Well of Our Lady, with which it has a very close association. Until the mid 19th century St Mary’s was the centre of local government for the large and ancient Parish of Lewisham which encompassed: Catford, Hither Green, Ladywell, Brockley, Forest Hill, Sydenham and Southend. It was, until the 1830s, the only church for this vast area. The medieval church tower is the oldest structure still in use in the borough of Lewisham.
The Exhibition: will explore, using old pictures, maps and documents, the story of the church, the development of Ladywell from a wayside hamlet to a suburb, the development of Lewisham High Street and the changes to the local landscape. There will be an emphasis on the River Ravensbourne, which powered many watermills, three important local springs and the picturesque stream that ran along the High Street. The springs and the stream disappeared in an ecological disaster in 1855 but, of course, the Ravensbourne remains. An illustrated lecture by Robert Smith will tell the fascinating but sad story of the Ladywell of which no trace remains but a plaque marking the site will soon be erected.
The support of Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre and the Ladywell Village Society has been most welcome.
Art & Music
Alongside the heritage exhibition varied pieces of art will be on display created by Lewisham’s young people from Christ the King Sixth Form College.
A programme of free musical events will take place throughout the week. The opening concert will include a work specially composed by David Moses relating the history of Lewisham via a family of foxes for local adult choirs, children’s choirs from Lewisham’s Primary Schools and wind quintet. This takes place at 6.30pm on 10th October.
Full details can be found at www.lewishamparish.com
Tel: 020 8402 3715
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