Three Old Buildings.

Lee Centre 1940

Pictured here in the early 1940’s one of three lost public buildings. Furthest left St Margaret’s House in Old Road was built c.1879 before being sold the church in 1961. It’s now No.52 Old Road which consists of converted flats. The former parish rooms (centre) built by local architect George Barns Williams (d.1887) and now house the Lee Park Day Nursery and Pre-School. As a memorial his widow paid for the Working Men’s Institute, later the Lee Centre (right) which was built between 1889-91 &  it’s the first building actually in Aislibie Road. The building is said to have been designed by their son Thomas Barnes. In former years it was used by Goldsmith’s College, Lewisham council and currently by several community groups. For an excellent history of the buildings & further reading click here


Photo: Courtesy of the Lewisham Local History Archives.