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.
- What was the ‘Battle of Lewisham’?
- Why did the ‘Battle of Lewisham happen’?
- Who was involved in the ‘Battle of Lewisham’?
- Timeline of events on the 13 August 1977
- Map of events on 13 August 1977
Why is this relevant?