Sunday 5 February 2006 8.12pm
I was invited at a reception at Lambeth Palace
last year to mark the setting up of a fund to help further her work. I had never heard of Octavia Hill, but was deeply impressed to learn how much she had achieved. Not least because I understand that she had help create Archbishops Park.
But much more. Housing, green space, employment, health and education all go together. Yet in every direction her ideals seem to be lost, diverted, or ignored, and her heritage misappropriated. More recently I visited the Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum in Wisbech which was really interesting. My kids were amazed with lifesized figures of a large family crowded into a single room, and the records of how many lived in a single house.
I don't know much about the Waterloo housing issue, but everywhere ideals seems to have been lost in favour of short term expediency.
Scope for a SE1 political party? More cider could be part of our slogan.