The Society formed in 1985, saving from demolition, London's first public library in
Great Smith Street (above right).
We respond on behalf of residents and businesses to local planning applications.
Our 350+ members enjoy local visits & talks of historic and other interest, social events
and an archive of books, prints and ephemera.
Talk on Favourite London Buildings by Victor Keegan
7pm Tuesday 24th January 2017
William Gibbs Community Centre (entrance next to The Speaker pub) Great Peter Street, SW1P 2LR
Victor Keegan, author of the LondonMyLondon.co.uk blog and Gems of London (iPhone app) takes you on a tour of his favourite London buildings above ground, below ground and long-gone. This event is free of charge but refreshments will be available for which a £2 donation is suggest
Please book your place via Eventbrite
The Victoria Tower Gardens & The National Holocaust Memorial
UPDATE: January 2017
We have over 500 signatures on the petition so far to find another location and not destroy this unique precious park. Please click here to sign : http://tinyurl.com/
UPDATE: November 2016
The competition for the design of the Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens will be between ten consortia of architects, engineers and designers - to be judged in the New Year. Meanwhile, rather surprisingly, the Imperial War Museum is raising funds to renew and expand their Holocaust Exhibition. It seems to us that it might make sense to locate the Learning Centre there, even if the memorial itself is located somewhere more central.
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In January 2015, David Cameron made an announcement on behalf of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation that there was to be a new Holocaust Memorial and associated Learning Centre built in central London.
At that stage three particular sites were proposed: the Imperial War Museum, near London City Hall, and the Millbank Tower podium. In July of this year we were approached by a PR company about a proposal to site the memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens (VTG). This, we assumed, would combine with a Learning Centre at the Millbank Tower, which now has planning permission for conversion to mainly residential use with a cultural/arts complex in the podium.
Various meetings were arranged and then postponed by the Foundation. It was therefore with considerable surprise that we learnt that the announcement was to be made imminently and, when it came, that it was in the form of an announcement of an international competition, that the site had now been selected, and that it was proposed that the whole project was to be built in the VTG. The Learning Centre is to be underground, with a prominent monument somewhere on the central grass area of the park.
The Society is obviously very concerned at the loss of this valuable small park, because it is very difficult to imagine that a project of this size and importance would not dominate the space and transform it from a tranquil local park to a busy civic space. We do not object in any way to the building of a memorial, but we feel that there are more appropriate sites, already proposed as well as not yet considered.
For more details:
The Holocaust Memorial Commission Report is https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prime-ministers-holocaust-commission-report
The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation's webpage is at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-holocaust-memorial-foundation
The document inviting expressions of interest from tenderers is at
The draft design brief itself is at
WCC say "No" AGAIN to proposed sculpture outside Westminster Central Hall
UPDATE - January 2017
We regret to report that the Appeal has been dismissed by WCC. Many of the arguments used by the Council to prevent this small sculpture from being placed at Central Hall would apply to the Holocaust Memorial but will they take the same view ? We suspect not.
UPDATE - April 2016
Westminster City Council have disappointly turned down this application. Read more here in a Guardian article.
To sign the on-line petition to overturn the decision, click here.
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We support this application for the installation of the sculpture 'Homeless Jesus' in front of the Methodist Hall on Storey's Gate.
The sculpture is very moving and is appropriate in this location, near where there is so much wealth and yet so many rough sleepers.
Westminster Fire Station
UPDATE: December 2016
The Society is sorry to have to report that planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of this important heritage building.
Following a public exhibition in May, please see our response here or on the Planning page.
Newsletter Autumn 2016
June Stubbs 1927 - 2016
It is with great sadness to the Society that June Stubbs passed away on Friday 14th October, suddenly after collapsing at her nursing home.
June was a co-founder of the Society and for over 25 years was its Chairman and driving force. From her flat in Westminster Mansions, Great Smith Street, she was in an excellent position to keep a close eye on Thorney Island, and never missed an opportunity to represent the Society in public. She presided over many meetings, Christmas bazaars, parties and dinners. She was honoured with the award of an MBE in 2011 for services to conservation in the City of Westminster. June moved several years ago to an excellent nursing home in the New Forest, close to her family and enjoyed her final years in comfort and rest.
To send condolences to June's family, please write to info@thethorneyislandsociety.
With thanks to Chris Beddoe
For the last 2 years Chris chaired the Society. She guided it through some essential modernisation changes and her vision set the direction we will continue to steer. Her contribution and experience will be much missed and we wish her all the best for the future.
AGM 2016 & the Panorama of The Thames Project
© 2015 Panorama of the Thames Ltd
© 2015 Panorama of the Thames Ltd
Our AGM was held on 9th November 2016 at the Grange Rochester Hotel, Vincent Square. For further details and documents, please select the "Us" tab at the top of this page.
Following the business of the meeting, we were treated to a presentation and film of the project to restore Leigh's beautiful 1829 Panorama of the Thames and to create a current photographic panorama.
Highly recommended, please read further about this project.