- HOT OFF THE APPLE PRESS!!!! – ALL SORTS OF EVENTS THIS WEEKEND IN THE TRIANGLE AND CRYSTAL PALACE PARK INCLUDING:APPLE PRESS AT FOOD MARKET (IF THAT AP-PEELS!)
SUBWAY HISTORY EXHIBITION – 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIGH LEVEL STATION CLOSURE
OPEN DAYS AT STONEY LANE STUDIOS
FUN RUN IN THE PARK ON SUNDAY
ANTIQUE AND COLLECTABLES MARKET AT THE PHOENIX
PLUS EVENTS IN WEST NORWOOD…..)
CORE! APPLE PRESS AT FOOD MARKET
Do you have apples in your garden, or growing near you? It’s Autumn Equinox this weekend, and to celebrate Crystal Palace food market are teaming up with Spa Hill Allotment Society for an apple harvest day.
“We’ll have an apple press so you can make fresh juice, there will be appley products on the stalls plus games for the kids” said a food market spokeswoman.
“Bring along your apples (windfalls welcome) and clean containers for the juice. “The press makes carrot juice too if you fancy that. “No apples? No worries. “Glasses of freshly made Thornton Heath/Palace juice will be for sale at a bargainous price.”
SUBWAY HISTORY EXHIBITION – 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIGH LEVEL STATION CLOSURE
Inspired by the Subway, a multimedia exhibition documenting the history of the stunning pedestrian subway which led first class passengers from the Crystal Palace high level station directly in to the central transept of the vast Crystal Palace, is being held this weekend (20 and 21 September).
The exhibition is being held on the platform of the concert bowl in Crystal Palace park from 10 am until 3pm on both days.
The subway – which runs underneath Crystal Palace Parade – saw no footfall from 20th September 1954 when the high level station was closed and the hidden subway began its new life as a place of myths, dreams, illegal raves, celebratory community days and an inspiring heritage asset.
These and other stories have been preserved as audio or video recordings and edited into short film clips to include many of the personal photographs, home videos, flyers and music that have been donated to the project.
Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to see some of the many artworks that have been inspired by the unusual columns and brickwork of the subway. After-school and summer art groups from Anerley town hall and Kingswood Shop have taken part in art workshops in the subway.
Their work will be on display alongside creations from artists from across South London who have been inspired to paint, make and print after seeing the subway for themselves.
Sue Giovanni, project manager of Inspired by the Subway, said: “The subway is always able to fire the imagination of visitors and distant admirers. “This can be seen in the range of creative work done by local young people and professional artists alike.
“The same can be said for the project volunteers and working with such an enthusiastic and capable group has been the perfect way to investigate the creative uses the local community has put the subway to since the fall of the Crystal Palace in 1936.
“The project has benefitted enormously from the variety of skills and diversity of approaches that the volunteers have brought to it.”
On the concert platform alongside the art exhibition, Southwark Model Railway Club’s model of the steam engine that pulled the last train will be running on their impressive 32ft model of the station and tracks at the Inspired by the Subway exhibition.
The model was always a major attraction at the Subway Superdays held in the subway in the 1980s and 1990s. Southwark Model Railway Club is a small club based just off the Old Kent Road which has a number of layouts, the largest being the Crystal Palace High Level Station.
Construction of this 00 gauge model began in 1986 and has undergone redesign and improvements over the years.
The model on show a as part of the Inspired by the Subway exhibition will be the most complete to date although Crystal Palace High Level remains a ‘work in progress’, but there is now light at the end of the tunnel.
Entry to the exhibition is free of charge and has full disabled access.
WALK HIGH LEVEL STATION ROUTE THROUGH SYDENHAM HILL WOOD / OPEN DAY SUNDAY
On Saturday 20th September there’s the opportunity to walk the path of the Crystal Palace High Level railway 60 years after its closure.
Please meet at 10:10 for a 10:30 start at Nunhead Station, heading through Brenchley Gardens and to the Horniman Museum for a lunch break.
The walk will then head to Cox’s Walk*, Sydenham Hill Wood, over Sydenham Hill to the Hillcrest Estate woodland (the Lewisham side of the Crescent Wood Tunnel) and on along the Green Chain to Crystal Palace Park for approximately 15:30.
Daniel Greenwood, conservation project officer with Sydenham Hill Wood, London Wildlife Trust says: “We aim to underline how nature has reclaimed the old railway line (some of which was ancient woodland and mainly open land) with a string of thriving nature reserves and green spaces, as well as social housing.
“At Crystal Palace Park the Friends of the Crystal Palace Subway have kindly agreed to keep open an exhibition of the Southwark Model Railway Club’s replica of the Crystal Palace high level station and providing tea and coffee for us when we finish.
“Please bring a packed lunch, footwear suitable for a 5-6 mile walk and clothing suitable for the conditions. “This is a free walk, donations are welcome.” The walk will be led by London Wildlife Trust’s director of policy and planning, Mathew Frith.
Open Day this Sunday: “We’re holding a bird walk at 13:00 and a tree walk at 14:30 on the Cox’s Walk footbridge. “Children’s activities will take place from 13:30. “Cake and a tombola will be available all day. “There will be a live folk collective performing from 14:00. “All events will be signposted on the day.”
The Crystal Palace Subway with its extraordinary architectural qualities and rich heritage, was built to serve the world famous Crystal Palace which gave the name to the area on top of Sydenham Hill.
The subway opened in 1865 to provide covered passage to the Crystal Palace for rail passengers arriving into the High Level station. The Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire in 1936 and the subway, which is a Grade II listed structure, is one of the last surviving elements.
Due to health and safety concerns it is nearly twenty years since the subway was regularly opened to the public.
Over the last twelve months a team of volunteers, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has interviewed historians, architects, community leaders, residents and subway users about what the subway means to them and how it has changed over the years. The unusual stories and previously unknown information we have uncovered include:
- Memories of a brother and sister who used the subway as an air raid shelter. It was fully occupied for much or World War II, facilities included a wet and dry canteen, bunk beds, toilets and a temporary stage.
- How the subway almost became home to the London Air Museum in 1977, this collection was later sold to the Tangmere Aviation Museum in West Sussex and formed their initial display.
How the subway would receive up to 2000 visitors in one day on Subway Superday events hosted by The Norwood Society and The Crystal Palace Foundation in the 1980s and 90s.
The Inspired by the Subway project has received funding and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and has been a partnership between the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway and Crystal Palace Community Development Trust.
For more information on the subway and the Inspired by the Subway project, please visit www.cpsubway.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter (@cpsubway) and find us on Facebook.
The Friends of Crystal Palace Subway is a grass roots community group that is working with local authorities (London Boroughs of Bromley and Southwark) to re-open the Crystal Palace Subway for scheduled public access.
OPEN DAYS AT STONEY LANE STUDIOS (September 13th to 21st)
Furniture and sculpture are on show at the Stoney Lane studios until Sunday (21st)
This is another of those hidden gems in the area housed behind a grey door at the end of Stoney Lane you’ll find work by sculptor Rob Good; sculptor Ezra Bailey, greenwood furniture maker Ben Willis and designer Emily Pearman.
News From Crystal Palace discovered this by accident. From the outside it looks very small – it’s actually a barn of a place which the studios describe as ‘a bit of a Tardis’.
The studios are open as part of the London Design Festival. Opening times are: Monday to Wednesday 10 am to 6.30pm; Thursday 10 am to 8pm; Friday and Saturday 11am to 7pm, and Sunday (21st) 12pm to 5pm.
5k FUN RUN IN THE PARK ON SUNDAY
There’s a 5k fun run in Crystal Palace park on Sunday (21st) from 11am in aid of Cure Leukaemia.
Entry ticket (for two) costs £12 which includes free entry to an afternoon party in a local hostelry with live music, magic show, BBG and free dowloadable photos of the day.
The run starts by the park cafe close to the Thicket Road entrance. www.cpfunrun.com
COLLECTORS MARKET AT THE PHOENIX
Finally, there’s the antique and collectables market at the Phoenix centre, Westow Street (to the left of Sainsbury’s) from 11am to 4pm this Sunday. A variety of stalls plus Stan’s famous breakfasts.
MEANWHILE DOWN IN WEST NORWOOOD THIS WEEKEND……
WRENCHES, TRENCHES AND STENCHES – AND GIPSY HILL BREWING….
Wrenches, trenches and stenches: A public art exhibition commemorating the start of the First World War
Location: Maddick Mausoleum, West Norwood Cemetery Norwood Road, London, SE27 9JU.
Date: 06 September 2014 – 27 September 2014
Women war artists were commissioned in the First World War, but had few opportunities to venture beyond the domestic, social, and industrial operations on the home front.
This public art exhibition has commissioned seven female artists (Nicky Scott-Francis, Jolanta Jagiello, Elisabeta Chojack-Mysko, Sara Scott, Louise Kosinska, Monica Wheeler, and Jill Rock) to give a new perspective on battle and life on the front line as well as the home front.
Suitable for Any age
ONLY OPEN SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS
BREWING CO’s SECOND OPEN DAY
GIPSY HILL BREWING CO. has a second open day following on from the launch party. Come down to the brewery from 12-6pm on Saturday 20th September for some fresh local beers. Check out the facebook page here: https://www.facebook…56795890999280/
“We’re going to be opening up the brewery every other weekend with a variety of DJ, games and brew days to keep things interesting” SAY say the brewers.
Address: Unit 11 Hamilton Road Industrial Estate, 160 Hamilton Road, SE27 9SF (Source: Virtual Norwood)