Nunhead - gateway to Brockley

People who live there might mistakenly believe otherwise, but Nunhead's function is to act as the gateway to the western reaches of Brockley.

To celebrate that fact, Nunhead artist Randy Klein has produced a metal archway, which functions as the entrance to its station. The artwork was unveiled today and was described by one reader:

"Looks like a plumbing pipework tree growing out of a tin foil silver street lamp stand, supporting a kind of metal fretwork plaque depicting a scene of the station."

She doesn't say whether she thinks that this is a good thing or not, but we assume she likes it. We're going to try and grab a photo, but if you have one already, please feel free to email it to us.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

In the overall streetscape the new archway at Nunhead does look rather out of place. It would perhaps have been better to invest in a zebra crossing just outside the station, as the junction can be tricky to cross. That said, it's great that some investment is being made in the area.
I wonder how many people have noticed that Southwark have replaced all the horrible concrete lamposts in the area with some much nicer looking olde world-looking type? Now we just need Lewisham to follow suit.

Anonymous said...

and your not a snob how?

Anonymous said...

proof that you shouldn't post after a trip to the pub

Anonymous said...

damn right about those nice lampposts they have just around the corner from Nunhead.

our crappy orange ones are pathetic, they encourage crime if anything, it only takes one streetlight to be out and you have practically a whole 100 yards of street in darkness. Those bright white ones are much safer and the light goes much further.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing the orange ones are used because of the thick fogs we used to get.

Anonymous said...

we stopped getting thick fogs in the 1950's after the clean air act and coal going out of fashion to heat your house.

Anonymous said...

Hi! this is not eally a comment on the subject but need to get some advice about Brockley.

I am thinking of moving to the area. My preference is the conservation area but an opportunity has come up on Halesworth Road. What would your advice be; go for the Halesworth Road property or hold back till something in the conservation area comes up?

Would greatly appreciate your help.

Anonymous said...

well halesworth road is not really brockley, you're almost in lewisham centre there. When we were house hunting we looked at some houses near there and I decided I didn't like the walk from lewisham station at night. I felt safer closer to brockley station. depends what you are looking for really

Horatio said...

I had a studio flat for a couple of years in Halesworth Rd in the 90's before I moved here. To me it always felt like bedsit central, and still has that feel to it when I go jogging past it. Personally, I'd wait a bit till something suitable in the CA comes up (maybe somewhere close to Hilly Fields). I think if you bought in Halesworth you'd be looking to move within a year. I know I was.

Blue sky said...

The last 2 comments are silly. I don't live on halesworth but it has many advantages; it is very close to St johns as well as Lewisham so there are more transport options than if you're near brockley station. No it hasn't got an se4 postcode and it isn't in the conservation area but it is still close to hillyfields and it's a really quiet road. And hello, the main thing is budget. It depends massively on how much you want to spend and what you want to get for your money. You'll get a hell of a lot more space inside and out in haleworth and all you're really losing is the cache of a CA postcode. Bedsit-filled roads are by no means limited to non-CA areas - If you want to see bedsit central, just have a little stroll down Tyrwhitt road. And then there's the matter of adding value - halesworth has still got a fair amount of room for improvement but it has changed already since the 90s and will surely only continue to improve as they're lovely big houses.

Horatio said...

Fair do's

Anonymous said...

I noticed the lampposts - they make a huge difference - but I don't think our councillors in Brockley much care for heritage things like that - they would be looking for environmental options.

But one big mention goes to Nunhead's Chicken Shop. It's not any old Chicken shop - but run by a portuguese family and specalising in grilled Peri-peri type chicken, portuguese pizzas and other local dishes (including those delicious custard tarts).

It's called Na Pura - and they even deliver 0207 732 7344

Healthy grilled chicken - now surely that should be in Brockley

Headhunter said...

Re orange street lamps, the reason for them I was always led to believe, is the oil crisis in the 70s. The orange ones were brought in because the bulbs use less power, or on power used vs light thrown out ratio, they are the most efficient, or something along those lines. I've got quite a few friends in London who come from overseas and I find it interesting to ask them what struck them immediately about the UK in the 1st few hours/days of arrival. I remember one friend from Japan said that the very first thing he noticed as the plane descended over London to land at Heathrow, was the fact that the whole city seemed to glow orange, whereas streetlamps in most other countries are the usual flourescent white colour. He said it took him quite a while to adjust to being used to walking around orange night time streets.

I do prefer the lamposts Southwark has installed however and it would be great to see something similar, at least in conservation areas in Lewisham to improve the streetscape.

Anonymous said...

Nunhead station is a dump really. The platform is cracking and uneven, the roof leaks in places, the ticket office arrangements are dire and it hasn't been properly decorated for years. The recent efforts to re-tile the entry seem all the more pointless when you realise the rest of the station is a mess. It's also horrific for people with wheelchairs and buggies to use.

But there's 'no money' to do sensible things like renovate the station or install a lift. The budget doesn't stretch that far.

How then can anyone justify spending our money planting flowers at the entry and adding a pointless piece of modern art which will likely be vandalised beyond repair by the end of the year?

I know it's Southwark but the same sort of morons
run Lewisham too. We have a chance to vote them out on May 6th. Vote Lou. (Ok I'm not standing but imagine if I were.......)

Lou Baker

Anonymous said...

Well first you'd have to get a grip on finances. Tfl/NR/train operating companies own the station so you'd have little influence. Also do you have any idea how much it costs to make a station accesable? I guess not from your simplistic tone. Your argument is that old and pointless one, we could trade hypothetical priorities forever. Would you rather make all the local stations step free or build a new hospital? Or abolish subsidised school meal and spend the money on fixing the station roof? Pointless, inane, statements of the daily express kind. The pots of money will not be yours use.

Anonymous said...

Japan glows orange without the lights on.

Anonymous said...

@anon 1122

Choosing between schools, hospitals and stations is hard.

Choosing between any of the above and a sculpture is not.

And yes, I've no doubt installing a lift is expensive (even though at Nunhead only one is needed and there's space for it).

But you don't raise the money any quicker by spending the cash on a useless piece of twisted metal.

Fix the schools, hospitals, stations first and then worry about the art.

Lou Baker

Anonymous said...

The two are unrelated. I'm happy for a portion of my council tax to be used for public art where I live, I would not be happy for TfL to have it. In the same way I wouldn't expect rail users to pay for trees to be planted in my road, your point is spurious.

Anonymous said...

Rail users pay Council Tax too you know.

Anonymous said...

Yes, your point is?

Proud Nunheadite said...

The gateway to Brockley?!

Nunhead is just fine for us born and bred Londoners.

You Brockley types try too hard, you and your macrobionic food and tea with no milk.

M said...

...and our sense of humour.

Matt-Z said...

Crofton Park has just got a thorough repaint and tidy up by Southeastern, as have a number of others on the Hayes loop and Sevenoaks line, I imagine Nunhead will also be in line for a spruce up before too long.

Anonymous said...

Matt - the problem with nunhead is that it HAS had money spent on it. They replaced all the tiling around the entrance with new glossy white tiles so you feel you're walking into a public toilet. They also replaced the lighting to make sure you're blinking when you walk up in the morning.

PS all you Brockley-ites are just jealous of Nunhead with our bakers, fishmongers and choice of butchers.

Headhunter said...

"Macrobionic" food?! Is that what veggie, fair trade superheroes eat?

Proud Nunheadite said...

Yes that and that horrible kangaroo tea or whatever it's called.

Anonymous said...

Well Anon 21.46 I'm not happy wasting my Council Tax on Tat.

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon 7.55

a) How much did the project cost?

b) What were its funding sources?

c) Are you a Southwark Council Tax payer?

d) Do you understand that people who are likely to be net contributors to a Council's finances normally have a choice of where to live or set up business?

e) Do you recognise that the quality of the local environment is one of the most important determinents of where someone chooses to live or set up business?

f) Do you agree that lots of people like public art?

Anonymous said...

Yes I like public art,but like last year the mural done in Brockley most people thought it was a pig rather than a teddy bear.

Anonymous said...

"most people thought" how do you know what most people thought? You didn't like it, OK. But do you agree that streetscape improvement is something that the council should look at? Or should we give the money to Southern or TfL?

You don't have a coherent argument.

Anonymous said...

Just look at Topic of said mural

Brockley Nick said...

Which is what? The more I think about that mural, the more I think the "furry" connotations are pretty spurious.

The mural can be read as a gentle scene - if you want to view it otherwise, then you're probably streetwise enough not to be too troubled by it.

PS - has anyone ever actually met a "furry"? I mean a real one, rather than an "I'm mad me, I have a sexual thing for cartoon animals, haha!" one?

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