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.

“Percy Pickles and the Mystery of the Missing Cucumber” is an original Victorian whodunnit written to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Alexandra Cottages, and performed on Saturday 8th October 2016 at Holy Trinity Church Hall.

Most of the characters and their professions were taken from the 1871 census, but of course the story – centred on the theft of a prized cucumber – was entirely made up.

If you missed it and you’d like to see what it is about, or if you came along and would like to see it again, you have your chance: watch the videos below!

Please find below the minutes of our 2016 AGM.

2016 AGM Minutes

 

You can download/open the document by clicking on its title.

Penge Forum AGM

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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)