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Coordinates: 51°27′58″N 0°02′38″W / 51.466°N 0.044°W / 51.466; -0.044 Telegraph Hill Telegraph Hill  Telegraph Hill shown within Greater London OS grid reference TQ359760 London borough Lewisham Ceremonial county Greater London Region London Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town LONDON Postcode district SE14 and SE4 Dialling code 020 Police Metropolitan Fire London Ambulance London EU Parliament London UK Parliament Lewisham Deptford London Assembly Greenwich and Lewisham List of places: UK • England • London The electoral ward of Telegraph Hill (red) within the London Borough of Lewisham (orange) Telegraph Hill is a place and electoral ward just south of New Cross in the London Borough of Lewisham in southeast London, England. The hill rises to around 150 feet. It was formerly known as Plowed Garlic Hill. It gained its current name from a semaphore telegraph station which was constructed on the summit of the hill circa 1795. The signalling station was one of the points from which news of Wellington's victory at Waterloo was flashed to London. It was removed in 1823. The poet Robert Browning at one time lived at the foot of Telegraph Hill, in a cottage which he wrote looked like a 'goose pie'. The hill was for many years covered by market gardens owned by the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, one of the ancient livery companies of London. In the late 19th century the Haberdashers decided to develop the hill for housing. The company had already built terraced housing on its land nearer New Cross Road when it commissioned a study of the development potential of Telegraph Hill in 1859. The surveyor recommended 'the erection of dwelling houses of a high standard' on wide tree-lined streets. Most construction took place around 1871. The villas are distinctive in style and as a result of this architectural unity, Telegraph Hill is now a conservation area. The company added Haberdashers' Aske's School for boys and girls (named after one of its members Robert Aske, and now Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College) in 1875, a separate Haberdashers' Aske's girls' school in 1891 and St Catherine's Church in 1894. In the 1895 the London County Council opened Telegraph Hill Park to the public. An active local residents' group called the Telegraph Hill Society campaigns for improvements to the area. Its latest effort led to the restoration of the Victorian park at the top of the hill. The refurbished park was reopened in Summer 2005. The park is in two halves on either side of Kitto Road; the upper park contains tennis courts which apparently occupy the site of the telegraph station which gave the hill its name. The lower park contains ponds and children's playgrounds. A farmers' market is held in the lower park on the third Saturday of each month. A large number of artists have studios on the hill, and participate in Telegraph Hill Festival which is held each year in March. In 2009 Bold Vision was established as a social enterprise with the aim of strengthening community in the area. Its first project was building the Hill Station - a cafe, community gathering point, learning centre and performance / exhibition space between the parks in the undercroft of Telegraph Hill Centre. Bold Vision's other projects include Common Growth, a food growing project; annual community Pantomime; annual Big Lunch, a community street party; talks on current affairs to enable local people to exchange thoughts and ideas. Contents 1 Schools and Colleges 2 Politics 3 Demography 4 Notes 5 External links Schools and Colleges Telegraph Hill is home to the highly popular Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College, which is the most over-subscribed state school in the country. The hill's other secondary school, Telegraph Hill School, closed in 2003. A campaign by local parents failed to persuade the council to establish a new secondary school on the site. Instead, a sixth form centre called Crossways Sixth Form was built on the site, and opened in 2004. Telegraph Hill also has a primary school: the Edmund Waller Primary School, in Waller Road. Politics Telegraph Hill ward is one of 18 council wards that make up the Lewisham borough council. Local council elections in the ward have recently been dominated by concerns about traffic calming schemes and the perceived need for a new secondary school, and the voters have a history of supporting candidates from smaller parties. In 2002 this resulted in the election of a candidate for a local party called LEAP (Local Education Action by Parents). In the 2006 Borough Council elections, Telegraph Hill voters elected Robin Cross, Ian G. Page and Christopher Flood. Robin Cross ran for the Labour Party, but retired from the council in 2010 to spend more time on his work in international development[1] - he is the Director of Projects for the international development and disaster relief charity "Article 25" (registered Charity No 1112621). Ian Page and Chris Flood both ran for the Socialist Alternative, the name used in elections by the Trotskyist Socialist Party; they were two of only five borough councillors for the party in the country.[2]. In the 2006 elections, Telegraph Hill was, among a total of 624 London wards, the one with the largest share of votes (50.6%) going to parties to the left of the three mainstream parties (Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat). In the 2010 elections for the Borough Council, the three councillors elected were Paul Bell, Joan Millbank and Dan Whittle, all standing for the Labour Party.[3] All three are new members of the Council. Elections for the Lewisham Borough Council, Results for the Telegraph Hill ward[3][4] %age 2002 votes 2006 %age 2006 votes 2010 %age 2010 TURNOUT 26.8% 34.0% 62.3% Candidates for the Labour Party 24.7% 2682 32.8% 7827 42.6% Candidates for the Socialist Alternative 25.2% 2868 35.0% 3455 18.8% Candidates for the Liberal Democrats 9.7% 753 9.2% 2644 14.4% Candidates for the Green Party 11.5% 1280 15.6% 2633 14.3% Candidates for the Conservative Party 4.2% 605 7.4% 1807 9.8% Candidates for Local Education Action by Parents (LEAP) 24.7% n/a n/a n/a n/a Demography The lower park on Telegraph Hill features a monument to anti-slavery campaigner Olaudah Equiano, created in 2008 by children from the Edmund Waller School. In comparison with overall numbers for London and England, the Telegraph Hill ward has relatively few residents of over 45 (24.9%) and relatively many in the age group 20-44 (49.0%). According to the 2001 census, 10,200 (71.0%) of the residents were born in the United Kingdom. 700 residents (or 4.9%) were born in Jamaica, and 489 (or 3.4%) in Nigeria; other countries of birth constituted smaller shares of the population. 58.1% of the population were white; 32.2% black or black British; 2.4% Asian or Asian British; 2.6% Chinese or belonging to another ethnic group; and 4.7% mixed. The census identified 10.0% of residents aged 16–74 as being in higher professional or higher managerial occupations; a further 24.0% were in "lower managerial and professional occupations"; 11.7% of residents were full-time students; and 7.6% had never worked or were long-term unemployed. In comparison to overall numbers for London and England, there is a high proportion of non-pensioner one-person households (25.1%) and lone parent households with dependent children (11.8%).[5] Notes ^ Representing Telegraph Hill at Lewisham Borough Council ^ Wikipedia page on Socialist Party ^ a b Declaration of result of poll: Election of borough councillors for Telegraph Hill on Thursday 6 May 2010 ^ GLA: London Borough Council Elections 4 May 2006 ^ Neighbourhood Statistics, Area: Telegraph Hill (Ward); People and Society: Population and migration External links Aerial photo of Telegraph Hill, Lewisham. Other map and aerial photo sources. Telegraph Hill website Haberdashers’ Aske’s Foundation The next station to the west on the telegraph line including image of the shutter telegraph here Bold Vision More information about the Telegraph Hill's three borough councillors, on the Lewisham borough website