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Address: The Thorney Island Society, 10 Old Pye Street, London SW1P 2DG

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Executive Committee

Membership Secretary - VACANT

Sue Ball (Chair)
Graeme Cottam (Planning)
Peter Deakins (Architecture)
Rosemary Fitch (Local History)
Victor Keegan (Parks, Books, Social Media, Thorney Tales & Blogs)
Lucy Peck (Planning, Newsletter & Blogs)
Juliet Shellabear (Hon Secretary, Events & Visits, Website)
Gordon Slater (Hon Treasurer)

Corporate Members

The Guards Museum
John Islip Street Management
Marsh Christian Trust
Rochester & Wellington by Blue Orchid Hotels
Tuckerman's Estate Agents

Honorary Corporate Members

St Andrew's Club
Peabody Trust

Honorary Members/Vice Presidents

Lord Dubbs
Alan Duncan MP
The Very Revd The Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle MBE
The Right Revd Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London
Owen Luder CBE, PP-RIBA


Patrons of St James's Park and The Green Park

Lord Hattersley
Jools Holland DL, OBE

Ex-Chair and Co-Founder
June A Stubbs MBE, MCSD, FRSA (decd)

Ann Carlton (decd)

Consulting Archivist

Margaret Woodall





The Thorney Island Society takes its name from the island in the Thames upon which Westminster Abbey was first built.

A Westminster conservation and amenity society founded in 1985 – its objective then being to save the Library erected in Great Smith Street in 1893. Today it continues to look after the interests of both residents and businesses within the area and acts as a ‘watchdog’ on local planning and development issues. The Society is also concerned about the extension of conservation boundaries and the scale and aesthetics of building programmes within its remit.

Some of the most historic landmarks in the capital are situated here including Westminster Abbey, The Palace of Westminster, Tate Britain and St. John’s, Smith Square.

Many of its street names evoke medieval origins – Horseferry Road, Old Palace Yard, Abbey Orchard Street, Strutton Ground and Perkins Rents. Much to the Society’s regret, there have been adverse material changes to the area including the closure of the library in Great Smith Street and the demolition of 18th Century and Art Deco houses in Marsham and Tufton Streets. The area continues to be under threat from further construction and development work thus removing the village of old Westminster with its hospital, library, swimming pool, post office and local shops.

In 1994, the area covered by the Society was extended by being asked to adopt St. James's Park and The Green Park. Later, to commemorate this, an oak tree was planted in St. James's Park. A tree to mark the millennium was planted in The Green Park.

The Thorney Island Society has been at the forefront of attempts to preserve the heritage of old Westminster whilst understanding the importance of striking a balance between conservation, improvement and new building programmes. It has particular regard for the residential, ecclesiastical and commercial interests of this important part of London. Westminster City Council send planning applications for our architects to consider and report on.

Since its foundation, the Society has grown in numbers and influence. It has over 300 members including corporate members and is particularly active in local history and research matters which have encouraged the opening of a neighbourhood resource centre and archive at 10 Old Pye Street where we collect paintings, prints, photographs, period post cards and small relevant artefacts. The Society also nominates representatives to attend conservation events and wildlife studies in the capital and to undertake committee work with a number of public bodies including The Metropolitan Police, The Royal Parks Forum and the Wild Life Forum.

There are regular visits to places of local interest, intriguing landmarks and venues within the area covered by the Society - some of which are not readily accessible to the public.

Our members include many prominent people and businesses and we are grateful not only for their help and support but for the time which so many other members dedicate to the Society’s aims. We are, of course, always keen to welcome new members. If you are interested, please complete and return the membership form.


Our Annual General Meeting 2019 was held on 12th November 2019 at the Rochester Hotel thanks to the co-operation and hospitality of the Blue Orchid Hotel group.  The meeting was chaired by Gordon Slater, Treasurer who gave the Financial Report.  The society's Chair, Sue Ball summarised the Annual Report and called for members to volunteer for roles in the society, including Membership Secretary and from next year, Treasurer, as the exisiting Committee were hugely overstretched.  The meeting thanked Anthony Harrow for his tremendous service to the society over 14 years as Membership Secretary.  Ashley Dickenson resigned from the Committee this year and Graeme Cottam was elected and welcomed.  After the business of the meeting, Warwick Rodwell, consultant Archaeologist at Westminster Abbey gave a fascinating talk on recent finds and other Abbey history. 

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Annual Report 2018-2019

Financial Statements & Treasurer's Report

Minutes of AGM 2019 - Not approved


To view details of previous AGM's, Annual & Treasurer's Reports, Financial Statements and Previous Minutes

Our Society is run entirely by volunteers so we are reliant on members and friends who give their time and knowledge.

If you would like to help in any way, please contact us. 

We need assistance in the reviewing of planning applications, editing the Newsletter, sorting and cataloging in the Archives and organising Visits/Events.

Thank you.



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