It was standing room only at the Torridon Road Library for the launch of the Hither Green Archibald Corbett Society on 3 October.
The Society aims to preserve the estate’s unique character and heritage for future generations. It will work with Lewisham Council to ensure Corbett Houses are retained for their original purpose as family houses, promote Corbett’s desire for a healthy living society, work with local schools to produce educational packs designed to teach pupils about the heritage of where they live, and raise funds to regenerate the area and re-create an estate identity.
The transformation of southern Hither Green from farmland to suburbia was accomplished by one man, Archibald Cameron Corbett, who was also responsible for five other large estates in east and south London.
Responding promptly to the opening of Hither Green Station in 1895, Corbett bought 278 acres from the Earl of St Germans, and between 1896 and 1913 built 3062 houses at prices ranging from £215 to £470. He financed an extra station entrance on his side of the tracks, and targeted commuters with cut-price season tickets.
Torridon Road, seen here in 1910, was begun in 1898. ~ Ideal Homes
If you missed the inaugural meeting, the first AGM will be held at the Catford Assemblies of God Church, Glenfarg Road, on 4 November, 7.30pm.