Alexandra Cottages

In the heart of Penge, SE20

The Alexandra Cottages is a very special area in the heart of Penge, London SE20 with a friendly community spirit. The estate has 181 houses on 5 roads – Albert, Edward, Princes and Victor Road and Hardings Lane.

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The Alexandra Residents’ Association has set up this web site for our new residents, people who have lived here for years as well as people who are thinking about making their home here.

The association organises social events, publishes a regular newsletter and the twice yearly Porcupine Post magazine, advises on conservation issues, loans DIY equipment from our shed and produces a yellow pages of useful trades-people and a local services list. Click on the items in the menu for more details.

The best thing to do is come to one of our events, email us or come and find one of the committee who live on the estate. If you have any questions or want to get more involved please get in touch with us here.

To share information with fellow residents or to ask for help and advice from borrowing a plank to giving away an unwanted plant to making sure you are up to date with the gossip join our Facebook group.

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Many thanks to Matthew, Edward Road for the official cast pictures of “Percy Pickles and the Mystery of the Missing Cucumber”.
It was an enjoyable afternoon for a number of residents, and lots of friends and family of the actors.
A huge thank you to all the actors, and Jane and Janet for organising the afternoon tea.

Most of the characters were taken from the 1871 census with their address, age and occupation.

Retired Police Inspector Percy Pickles (*)
played by Adrian
Mr Theophilus Payne – Chemist and Druggist
7 Alexandra Cottages
played by Kasper
Ms Agnes Paton – School mistress
106 Alexandra Cottages
played by Jane
Mrs Catherine Payne née Douthwaite – Milliner and Dressmaker
7 Alexandra Cottages
played by Lucy
Mr Otto Pretzel – German Master Baker (*)
played by Robin
Mr Oscar Milde – Writer/artist (*)
played by Peter L.
Mr Charles Hutchin – Gardener
54 Alexandra Cottages
played by Peter B.
Mr John Eversfield Blaker – Tea dealer
53 Alexandra Cottages
played by David
Mr Fritz Allamand – Swiss watch maker
48 Alexandra Cottages
played by Michael
Mrs Clara Merrett – Envelope stamper
31 Alexandra Cottages
played by Barbara
Mrs Augusta de Wilde – Military cap maker
128 Alexandra Cottages
played by Sally-Ann
Mrs Isabella Blaker – housewife (and medium *)
53 Alexandra Cottages
played by Debz
Ms Hannah Turner – Domestic servant
53 Alexandra Cottages
played by Caroline
Ms Sarah Douthwaite – Dress and mantle maker
7 Alexandra Cottages
played by Diane
HM Queen Victoria
played by Sharon
(*) fictional

(please click on the individual photos to enlarge them)

Our AGM will be on Thursday 15th September at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church Hall (please note that there has been a change of venue since the flyers were delivered, due to circumstances outside our control).
Please put the date in your diary! And bring along your membership cards to vote!!

All welcome and we are seeking election of new committee members particularly a Treasurer.
Please do consider being more active as the more people we have the lighter the load for everyone and the more fun and sociable things are!

Many thanks to Jane C. (Albert Road) and Adrian (Victor Road) for the pictures of the street party to celebrate HM the Queen’s 90th birthday and the cottages’ 150th anniversary.
A great time was had by all!

(If the slideshows do not work, you can access the 2 set of pictures here and here)

Please click on the image to enlarge, and here to e-mail us to book.

Just a reminder that on Sunday 12th June we will be holding a street party in Princes Road to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Alexandra Cottages being built and to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The road will be closed to vehicles from 9am to allow us to clean and decorate the road and will re-open at 5pm.
The lunch will begin at 12.30pm and finish at 4.30pm and will include games and entertainment, including live music.

It will be great to see you and your family and friends, whether you can join the party for the while afternoon or just briefly. Please bring your own table and chairs and there will also be a table for people to bring along dishes to share. We also hope to have beer from our local brewery, Late Knights.