More about Beecholme

Beecholme is also the first postwar "mixed development" housing scheme in Hackney, with a mixture of houses and flats with the taller block having five storeys and containing one-bedroom and bedsit accommodation. It is featured in Volume 15 of Hackney History and was the site of Beecholme House, the family home of Maj. John André (d. 1780), who was executed as a British spy in the American War of Independence.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Schoolhouse Open Weekend

...has been a huge success. Over sixty people became members of the Clapton Arts Trust, wishing to support the restoration project (and the Trust's HLF application) with well over twice that number coming through the gates to see everything..

There was Fat Time Projects "Early Man" time-line, walk & conversations (Frank Creber, Anne-Marie Fairbrother & Patricia Ryan), Will Lord's flint-knapping, Gilbert Smyth's "Inside Out" inspired photo wall of local people (photo below), Vulpes Vulpes studio's six artists work in the  "Approach Togetherness" exhibition inside (photos below) and, of course, the 1841 Old Schoolhouse itself, with early Victorian gothic style features.

If you'd like to support the restoration project and see the building used as a "River Heritage & Arts Centre" you can either become a member of the Clapton Arts Trust (£5/year) or become a "Friend of the Old Schoolhouse" (£25/yr). You'll soon be able to (hopefully in a week or two at most) join online at the Trust's website:
In the meantime email: 
Handout explaining the project

Just click on the handout below to see it and download it full size
Also available (larger size) on Flickr "Open Weekend" set

Handout above: Copywriting: Julia Lafferty & David White, Art direction & design: David White.
The Old Schoolhouse is at 146a Lea Bridge Road, just a couple of hundred yards down from the roundabout, just before the canal bridge (next to the Prince of Wales Pub).

SATURDAY 16th JUNE photos

PHOTO BELOW: banners and bunting in place

PHOTO BELOW: Preparing the banner - with help from Frank Creber, at his studio. Materials paid for by a small grant from the Community Development Foundation in the form of a "Community First - Neighbourhood Match-funded Programme" grant.

PHOTO BELOW: in the grounds Sat 16th early morning, showing the "Inside Out Project" inspired photo wall of local people - taken by Clapton Arts Trustee Gilbert Smyth.

PHOTO BELOW: Working on the "Time-line project" banner mural and explaining the project.


SUNDAY 17th JUNE photos

PHOTO BELOW: centre (sitting) is Will Lord, showing how to flint knap. On the hoarding behind you can see a mural on canvas for the 4.5 billion year time-line of earth's and human evolution - by Fat Time Projects with Frank Creber far right.

PHOTO BELOW: Trustee Liz Shackleton explaining the project

There are a lot more photos - higher resolution - at the
Old Schoolhouse Flickr collection of 3 sets


PHOTOS BELOW: part of the "Approach Togetherness" exhibition inside.
More photos of the artwork exhibited at the schoolhouse are included in Gilbert Smyth's set of photos on Flickr.
Six artists exhibited at the schoolhouse and six at Vulpes Vulpes studio in Rigg Close.

Below is a 5 page, A4 landscape history of the schoolhouse and surrounds by Julia Lafferty.

(Just click on the page below to see it full size and to download them. They're also available at a larger size on this Flickr set)

All the above and more (including photos at higher resolution) are available on the "Old Schoolhouse Collection" of three sets on Flickr.

Timberland volunteers helped transform the grounds, which were covered in weeds, to the space you see above.

The Clapton Arts Trust would also like to thank Hackney Parks dept. for supplying the bark chippings for the grounds on extremely short notice.


Open Weekend
Hackney Gazette article


Ruth said...

Very interested in joining, to help and play!I've dreamt of using that building for 30 years!! Thanks to the organisers

Anonymous said...

Hi Ruth, You have the Clapton Arts Trust to thank for working to save the building. You can't join the trust online just yet, but if you email the secretary at you'll be a member in no time. David.