Behind closed doors

This year's London-wide Open House event is due to take place on 19th and 20th September, and three Brockley properties are participating. They are:

- The Stone House on Lewisham Way;

- Lewisham Arthouse on Lewisham Way;

- Crossways Sixth Form on Sprules Road.

Other nearby properties which are taking part include the Horniman Museum, St Pauls Church in Deptford, the Art In Perpetuity Trust in Deptford, and St Margaret's Church, Boone's Chapel and the Manor House Gardens Ice House, all in Lee.

Booking is essential for some of the sites, check the Open House website for details.

There are plenty of other intriguing buildings in Brockley which BC would love to see participating in Open House. Which ones would BC readers nominate?

16 comments:

ladywell birdspotter said...

Can recommend the Boone chapel, nice elegant little building.

Larks ascending over ladywell fields.

patrick1971 said...

Rivoli Ballroom, maybe? And one of the huge conservation area mansions?

Looking forward to seeing the Stone House, will definitely get along to that.

Tamsin said...

The Laurie Grove baths. They were open in this event years and years ago and my husband got to go round them - but they haven't been open since.

The Stone House is definitely worth a visit. My daughter and I were lucky enough to sneak in on a cancellation a couple of years back but it would be advisable to book.

Alas the event is in some ways a victim of its own success. The central London venues are just too crowded - you risk waiting for ages and then not getting in.

Headhunter said...

I love Open House but you're right, Tamsin, that it's been a bit of a victim of its own success. I don't even bother trying to get into the more major buildings now, the queues are usually round the block unless you can/have booked.

Brockley Kate said...

I was a bit surprised that so few places in Lewisham are opening for it.

Anonymous said...

well, if the Mayor had his way there'd be even fewer places in Lewisham with the possibility of being opened as buildings of note...

Fizzy said...

Not fair on the Mayor, Anonymous! Take an excursion to Lee and see the three aforementioned sites and take in the newly restored Manor House and Library that is also mentioned in the Open House listings - he was an important sponsor.

drakefell debaser said...

Crossways is an odd one to have on the list. Does it have a secret behind its dull exterior?

Booked a spot for the Stone House though, didn't realise it was built in the 1700's

Tamsin said...

Whether or not you like it, I don't think it's not a "dull" exterior. Inside there is tucked away a large modern stage - with racked retractable seating - and a dance studio. The space was made available to us for the Telegraph Hill Festival - three or four events there - and we hope to be able to use it again next year.

Worth a visit if modern educational architecture appeals, especially as it's on the doorstep. Or maybe go somewhere else in the limited time available and hope they continue opening their facilities up to community events so you can catch up some other time.

fred vest said...

crossways is fairly impressive from outside and inside, both the building and the way it operates plus the technological integration into it of a whole heap of things, definitely a model for how schools should be built and run in the future - and all achievable without being named after and having someone who sells carpets having a major say in how things are run

Brockley Kate said...

Dear me Fred, I never had you down as being a snob. What's wrong with selling carpets?

fred vest said...

where did i pass judgement on the topic of carpet selling in and off itself?

Anonymous said...

The Stone House: I have lived on the Deptford side of the Stone House for many years and have always wondered what it looks like inside! Having read your blog and looked at the Open House website but can’t work out if I need tickets, the Stone House didn’t appear to be listed. Do I? Cost?

Tamsin said...

No cost but you do have to ring to book into a tour as the space is limited.

Tamsin said...

Checked on-line.

"This event has proved so popular that all places have been booked. Therefore our database has automatically stopped taking bookings for Stone House.

Those who have made bookings are encouraged to cancel if they cannot attend. In that case our database automatically releases these places.

Therefore, feel free to check back occasionally before Open House weekend as places may become available again. Also, you can add your email address to a mailing list at vol1@openhouse.org.uk and we will notify everyone on this list of all the buildings with available places in the final week."

If you are desperate to look inside and particularly if there's only one of you it could be worth turning up when tours start to see if there are any "no shows". How my daughter and I got in a year ago.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tamsin, many thanks for the info. Have a good day.

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