Friday, September 17, 2010

Deptford Open Houses

Here's a round-up of the SE8 Open Houses this weekend (18 & 19 September).

The Master Shipwright's House

Watergate Street, SE8 3LF.  This house will be open on Saturday 1pm to 5pm and on Sunday from 10am to 1pm.  Last entry is 15 minutes before closing times.  This house really is a bit of a secret with its own frontage onto the Thames.  The oldest upstanding buildings of London's forgotten Royal Naval Dockyard. Home and office of the master shipwright since 1513. Mostly early 18C. One of London's secrets of the river. Access to some rooms and garden – and to the garden house (2010) designed by Robert Bagley and Roo Angel and constructed from surplus timber refuse.

The Stephen Lawrence Centre 

39 Brookmill Road, SE8 4HU.  The centre will be open on Saturday only from 11am to 4pm, with 90 minute tours starting at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  Nice to see this building open to the public - the Centre has seemed a little remote.

St Paul's Church

164 - 166 Deptford High Street, SE8 3DS.  The church is open on Saturday 1pm to 5pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 4:30pm.  Last entry 15 minutes before closing time.  I hope the crypt is open.

Waldron Health Centre

Stanley Street, SE8 4BGA.  The Centre is open on Saturday only from 1pm to 5pm.  There are architect-led tours at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm (last entry at 4pm).  ''A newly built health centre balancing large scale with intimacy, clad in lacquered timber giving it the quality of an oversized piece of 18C furniture.''  And there was me thinking they'd clad the outside using the fascias from 1980s Jaguars....

Connearn Studio

4 Friendly Street, SE8 4DT.  Studio open on Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 1pm to 5pm.  A small purpose-built artist's studio situated in a residential garden, incorporating a high proportion of renewable/recycled materials, finely detailed, modelled and designed to balance the spread of reflected natural light throughout the interior. Sustainable features include water capture.

If you're going further afield in London this weekend there are more details here

Please don't blame us if times are wrong...

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