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.

Many thanks to Steve, Victor Road for making this available to all of us!

The Architectural Handbook and Conservation Guide, which was written by Neil Coe a few years ago, is now available in digital format.

It contains a wealth of information on the history of the estate and the architectural features of the cottages, which is most useful when planning alterations.

It is divided in 3 rather large files, so please be patient when downloading them!

Please click on the icon or the title to open the documents.

ARA Architectural Guide 1
ARA Architectural Guide 2
ARA Architectural Guide 3

Note: a few pages in one of the PDF documents are upside down. Please use Shift + Ctrl + Plus to rotate them (if you use Adobe Reader).

Update contains information on improvements to our town centres as well as the opening of an exciting new community hub, a training restaurant now open to the public and news on health matters. In addition, young people seeking employment may be interested in reading about our Youth Employment Scheme.

Safer Bromley News has crime updates and news on what the Safer Bromley Partnership is doing to help keep our borough safe, plus crime prevention advice.

Local Show and Tell

Sharing Report Findings

4-7pm, Thursday 9th April 2015, Upper Norwood Library
4-7pm, Monday 13th April, Penge Library


We’re pleased to announce the release of the Joining the Dots study on Crystal Palace, which is now available to view online via ISSUU through the link here.

We will be hosting 2 drop-in sessions to share these findings and recommendations of the study. The drop-ins will be held from 4-7pm on Thursday 9th of April at the Upper Norwood Library, and from 4-7pm on Monday 13th April at Penge Library.

If you can’t make it, we’ll be storing printed copies of the study at these libraries, as well as a copy at Anerley Town Hall.

We would love you to share this news with your local networks across Crystal Palace

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Join the Dots Team

Gemma, Olivia and Sarah

As previously mentioned at the time of Joan Smith’s death, her ashes are to be scattered in the grounds of Southwark Cathedral.
A date has now been arranged for this to happen on Sunday April 26th after the Evensong Service that takes place at the Cathedral at 3pm.
Prior to her death Joan herself arranged that tea and cakes be provided for family and friends at Southwark Cathedral after this event.
All are welcome to attend, and for those of you who were unable to attend her funeral service at Beckenham, this is a further opportunity to share thoughts and memories of her.

Jo’s funeral service will be held at Beckenham Crematorium on Elmers End Road on Wednesday 11th February at 3.45pm.
At a date yet to be arranged there will be a further chance to remember Jo during an evensong service at Southwark Cathedral where her ashes are to be interred.

Individuals who want to make donations or send flowers can do so by sending them to the Funeral Directors who are The Co-op at 13 High Street West Wickham BR4 0LP. She wished monies to go to Southwark Cathedral Education Centre.

Jo will leave from her cottage that she loved so much: the hearse will leave Victor Road at about 3.15pm should you wish to pay your respects.


Jo Smith


We are very sorry that Jo Smith, a long-time resident of Victor Road, passed away yesterday.

She lived on the estate for many years and was very actively involved with the Residents’ Association: she led the organisation of the street party in 2005, started the Porcupine Post, wrote booklets on the history of the estate and would always organise parallel events for the children.

She will be greatly missed.