Dr. Barry Gray’s talk will concern Severndroog Castle, a Georgian Gothic folly on Shooters Hill. This will include a brief history, why the castle is there, why it is important and an account of the community movement that successfully campaigned and worked hard to raise funds to save and rescue the castle from a state of decline and dereliction.
Dr. Gray, is a retired doctor, previously a consultant physician at King’s College Hospital. He has lived in the Shooters Hill area since 1980. He was Chair and a founder member of the Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust from 2002 until 2014, and led the team that worked with the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, Greenwich council and others to raise the funds to save and restore Severndroog Castle, and secure its future in public ownership as a community asset. He has also been chair of ‘People Against the River Crossing’, a group that spearheaded the opposition to the East London River Crosssing, which would have had a disastrous impact on Oxleas Wood and Woodlands Farm. He is currently Chair of the Woodlands Farm Trust, managing what is a working farm in Greenwich and the largest urban community farm in the country.