Battle of Lewisham

Help decide the wording of the commemorative plaque and find out more about this seminal event in the history of the area.

The Battle of Lewisham

Goldsmiths have been great supporters of Telegraph Hill Festival.   Now, they are leading efforts to mark the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Lewisham on 13th August 2017.

On 13 August 1977, the National Front (NF) attempted to march from New Cross to Lewisham town centre, leading to violent clashes with counter demonstrators and police.

Under the pretext of marching ‘against muggers’ the NF organized a national march bringing together its members from all over the country.

The local community opposed the march, with thousands of peaceful demonstrators brought together by Lewisham Council and the Bishop of Southwark holding a counter-march from Ladywell Fields to New Cross.

A second group, composed of elements of the radical left, progressive groups opposed to the NF and local people angered by the march, sought to directly intervene and disrupt the march.

After a series of running battles on the streets of Lewisham, the NF abandoned their route and were ushered away to waiting trains by police.

The ‘Battle of Lewisham’, as it has become known, marked the very first time the NF were prevented from marching in the UK.

Police attempt to clear anti-racists before the NF March. Clifton Rise, New Cross, 13 Aug. 1877 (© Chris Schwarz)



Why is this relevant?

Telegraph Hill Centre is hosting a consultation on the wording of a plaque to commemorate the ‘Battle of Lewisham’.   You can also vote online here.