The Camberwell Society

Society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell

Find Out About the Buildings of Grove Lane and Camberwell Grove - From the Inside!! Sunday 13th October

The Autumn History Walk this year is a fascinating insight into the buildings of Georgian Camberwell. Open to members and guests only, meet at 34 Grove Lane to buy a ticket for £6.00 per person (non-members can sign up in situ, please allow extra time or in advance at The walk starts at 3:00pm and finishes at the Vineyard for a cuppa or something else at 5pm, bring funds as refreshments are not included in the ticket price. You will join groups each of which will be visiting 4 houses in the area north of the railway. Each group will be led by an architect or historian knowledgeable in the subject. The intention is to show how the buildings have developed over the 1800's.

Save the afternoon for a fascinating exploration. Monies raised go toward the Society's charity of the year.

Sad News About Margaret

It is with great sorrow that we have to report that our dear friend and the esteemed editor of the Camberwell Quarterly, Margaret Powley-Baker, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning (9th September 2019). Margaret was a Camberwell resident for over 30 years and editor of the Quarterly for the last 10.

Her gentle wit and positive attitude to the foibles of life will be greatly missed.

RIP Margaret Powley-Baker (1934-2019)

Diary Dates for November and December

The autumn open meeting is planned for the evening of Thursday November 7th, time and venue to be advised.

The Camberwell Society Christmas Party is planned for the evening of Monday 2nd December, upstairs at The Crooked Well in Grove Lane time to be advised.

Check back for updates...…..

Partytime and the Weather is Fine!!

The Camberwell Fair is here. Saturday 31st on the green. 12 to 9pm

See the games line up here

See the music line up here

And check out rules etc about water and liquids here

Keep up to date @camberwellfair across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Don't forget to visit the SE5 Forum stall and check out / comment on the proposed new Camberwell identity graphics. You will be seeing these images starting to appear around Camberwell so get in now and have your say before they are finalised next month.

Update - Dulwich Hamlets Football Ground - Extension for Comments!!

The deadline for comments on the attempted grab of green space at Dulwich Hamlets has been extended to Tuesday 27th August. Extra opportunity for interested parties to lodge their opposition to this naked piece of commercialism. Friends of Dog Kennel Hill have a good summary on their website here

You can view the application and lodge your comment here


A Planning Application has been lodged to build on the Dulwich Hamlets football ground. The club would move to a new pitch and stadium to be built on the playing field behind. The Friends of Green Dale have indicated that they will be objecting strongly to the building on and enclosure of Metropolitan Open Land. The Camberwell Society will review the application and make our own comments. The deadline for responses / objections is 14th August so do look at the application (while there are over 100 documents you may find the "General Arrangement" Drawings most useful.

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The Camberwell Society was formed in 1970 and is the recognised amenity society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell.

The Society’s objectives, as defined by our constitution, are: to stimulate public interest in Camberwell, to promote high standards of planning and architecture in Camberwell, and to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Camberwell.

We are a charity and raise money for local charities. In the past we have raised money for Southside Rehabilitation Association, St Giles Trust, Cambridge House, the Camberwell Community Choir, the Hollington Youth Centre and the Camberwell Arts Festival