Djeptford Unanchored

Photo via Lewisham Council, who list it as one of the borough's most important pieces of public art
Once, it would have been as unthinkable as the removal of the Catford Cat, but The Deptford Anchor is gone. It has made way for a new-look Deptford High Street - its fate uncertain. The landmark, which doubled as a bench for Anchor Tennent's Extra-drinkers, has been removed and taken in to storage, without any decision about where it will end up.

Deptford's soul is adrift. The anchor must return!

The Crossfields blog has a moving tribute.

10 comments:

O.Salt said...

Lewisham has a bad record on removing items into storage, that then mysteriously disappear. Deptford without the anchor is a sadder place. The drinkers were attracted by the raised wall around the anchor, not the anchor.

Lewis said...

Good it was a tatty bench for drunks

Darian Thomson said...

I agree with this, maybe the anchor would be better in some other part of Deptford that has not got a high degree of alcoholics or far from those evil betting shops!

Monkeyboy said...

Why not leave it where it is, remove the low wall so removing the handy perch, do something about selling cheap booze to alcoholics and stop opening betting shops.

Darian Thomson said...

The council can't stop cheap drinks and it's not easy for council to stop the betting shops from opening.

Matt-Z said...

Bring back the Lewisham sumo wrestlers!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmerritt/485804100/

John said...

How exactly do the drinkers around the anchor affect readers of this blog?

Brockley Nick said...

Because they live in Deptford. Or just up the road from Deptford.

panda said...

Why cant the Council leave well alone. The Anchor is a wonderful tribute to Deptfords history. Same happened in Lewisham some years ago when the Council decided to pay for a pile of stones on the junction of Molesworth Street and High Street that bore no relation to the area. Prior to the stones there was a remarkable colourful glass fibre sculpture of two enormous Sumo Wrestlers, they never failed to cause comment from passersby. Lewisham Council you have lost your way

Tom Juneau said...

Titanic headline!
How about commissioning Claes Oldenburg to replace the anchor with a colossal platter of fish fingers?

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