Some Messages of Support
"My mother, born in Loman Street, was baptised in All Hallows in 1925 and, therefore, I have a keen interest in seeing what remains of the fabric of the church preserved. In addition, I have visited the garden many times and have found it to be a beautiful and tranquil space whose atmosphere is enhanced by being proximate to the remains of the church. I think it would be irresponsible of the Southwark Diocese to build flats on any part of the existing site, either the old church or its post-war replacement, when there are clearly alternatives which would be more beneficial to the local community and which would not have a deleterious effect on the environment of either the residents of the Winchester Estate or of Copperfield Street."
"I hope you will succeed. This little garden with its mimosa tree and the derelict church is a corner of paradise. Stop savage redevelopment. Stop building flats and offices. Just refurbish the existing ones. Stop demolishing old warehouses for building glass and steel structures which are the result of poor architects' abstraction. London is becoming a dull international city. Stop ripping London!!!! It all really needs a new architectural deal! Send all the architects back to school to learn the basics. You have all my moral support."
“I'm really shocked to find out that Southwark Cathedral have plans to build on this lovely site. I live locally and came across All Hallows a couple of years ago with my son, we felt we had found a secret garden. I am angry that any space has to be developed and built on just for profit. We live in a flat that is totally hemmed in on all sides with a development of flats in front of us that we cannot even see the sky and understand the concerns of the local residents in regards to this. I would be very happy to support the campaign to save this wonderful garden and space and would like to be added on the mailing list.”
“I have lived in the area for over 50 years, and I attended the church until its closure,(around 1971) which was sadly missed by the local community. It has been a pleasure though to be able to use the gardens all of this time, and to be able to sit and reflect great memories that have been linked with the church. I was confirmed through All Hallows, and have attended family weddings, and many social gatherings linked to the church and its garden. It would be with great sadness to loose the serenity of the garden,and surroundings for the sake of the proposed Cathedral's development.”
“I wholeheartedly support your campaign to save the garden and the open space. This is not only an oasis of calm and tranquility in an increasingly busy and hectic capital but a historical monument that needs to be preserved intact.”
"Did you know the church as a studio was used in the early eighties to record many famous artists. See the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackwing_Studios. This building and gardens should be preserved and not made into flats."
“I stumbled upon this garden earlier this year after getting lost! It was a real delight to find this quiet little corner in busy urban London. Its not just the garden, but the surrounding buildings that make this area so attractive. Being a stage designer who occasionally works with architects, it is also fascinating to see the different types of architecture; of the church, hall and vicarage plus the surrounding cottages that make up the urban fabric. I really cannot believe Southwark Cathedral wants to demolish all of this. It really depressed and exasperated me when I found this out. When something is so perfect and benefits so many why change it ? This seems to be yet another example of a large landlord riding over the opinions of others. What's more disappointing is that this landlord is the Church, that supposedly puts the love of God into action. They seem to be serving themselves not others. I was very hearted to read about your proposals for alternative development and enhancement of the garden and surrounding buildings. All it takes is a little imagination to not only preserve what is already there, but add to it with stong community benefits, as well as the potential to earn income. I know for a fact that affordable central London rehearsal space is highly sought after. I wish you the VERY BEST for your campaign. I would like to join your mailing list to be updated on the progress of this project and to support the campaign. Very best wishes.”
“I happened to be passing the church yesterday morning. I work in Southwark but more importantly (to me anyway!) I have been researching my family history for many years and find that my family has lived in Southwark since the beginning of the 18th century. My family lived around Borough Road and in the area of All Hallows I think. I was brought up in north Southwark near (what were then) the Docks. I really do want to add some words of support to your campaign and hope that this email will help. It is brilliant to see these hidden gems like All Hallows in London and I cannot comprehend why Southwark Cathedral would want to destroy such a wonderful part of London (and presumably church) history. I don't think I have any useful expertise to offer you but I do want to wish you very good luck with your campaign and I shall follow it with great interest.”
“I used to work in the area in the Old Operating Theatre Museum in St. Thomas's Street but I was introduced to the garden by a friend. It is a magical place. Today (November weather!) I saw a man sitting on one of the benches quietly reading...there aren't enough places in London where people can go to find this kind of atmosphere. I studied History at Birkbeck College, concentrating on London history. I cannot believe that Southwark Cathedral can champion such vandalism. Demolishing the 19th century terraced building opposite the Post Office (one of the old hospital buildings) is also part of this vandalism. The appeal of such areas as Coperfield Street and the Green Dragon area under the arches is that various historical periods overlay eachother creating an environment which, once destroyed, is completely irreplaceable. Progress? How can it be when eventually our city will become block upon block of strictly functional buildings with no irregularities or points of interest at pedestrian level. The Cathedral is destroying the shambolic, accidental poetry of Southwark's streetscene. It was bad enough seeing the terrace under demolition shrouds today, but learning about the Cathedral's vile money making schemes for the garden was totally depressing and horrifying. What material culture will our children and grandchildren be left with apart from sterility?”.
“I support your campaign to oppose the development plans. This is a unique little gem and one of the few really peaceful spots in a rapidly expanding urban office concrete jungle. Lunchtimes wouldn't be the same. Moreover stress levels in the area would increase and Southwark Council may well end up footing the bill for the resulting impact on human wellbeing.”
“Thanks for sticking up for this green oasis in the heart of old london. we work aorund the corner on Loman street and that is an essential local for escaping the pressure of the big city.”
“For more than 30 years, All Hallows has helped to bind our community together. It’s seen picnics, parties, naming ceremonies, weddings, easter egg hunts, and Christmas carol services and lots of other activities, planned and unplanned. It is much loved, people always comment on how peaceful it is. It is almost like the old All Hallows Church is still there, you just can’t see it. To lose All Hallows would be a terrible blow to all who helped build and maintain it, and the thousands of people who use it to have their lunch, meet with friends, or who just go there to have moments of peace and calm in our busy city. To destroy All Hallows for the sake of building a few flats, which can be built anywhere, would be the gratest sacrilege of all.”
“I came across the community gardens and Copperfield by accident on Saturday. I love Southwark so was taking a long, wandering route to London Bridge from Waterloo. The gardens were a total surprise and delight (even on a freezing day in February!) and I was sad to see there was a dispute between residents and Southwark Cathedral overits future. London thrives because of its green spaces and hidden gems such as this one, and I wish you luck in your fight.”