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Betty Swanwick
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Erekose


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02-05-2016 06:05 PM

According to some research I was doing today Betty Swanwick was born in Forest Hill. Anybody know where?

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lacb


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03-05-2016 09:24 AM
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michael


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03-05-2016 09:40 AM

Upper Colfe Road is now called Farren Road.
Source: http://www.maps.thehunthouse.com/Streets...hanges.htm

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Erekose


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03-05-2016 12:07 PM

Thanks for that. Interesting resource.

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Erekose


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05-05-2016 12:08 PM

I ended up buying the monograph on her. She lived in various locations in FH, Sydenham and Greenwich. Given Lewisham has so few Blue plaques I think she would be a good candidate.

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robin orton


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05-05-2016 02:41 PM

Should I have heard of her?

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Erekose


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05-05-2016 06:48 PM

Yes.
Posters for the Underground.
Whimsical and odd paintings.
I first encountered her work in the early 70's when the prog rock band Genesis used one of her paintings for the cover of Selling England by the pound'. I had forgotten all about her until the weekend when I decided to look into her career. A lot easier to research someone now than it was then.

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Anotherjohn


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05-05-2016 07:27 PM

I'm with robin orton on this one - I've only heard of Betty Swallocks.

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Erekose


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05-05-2016 10:08 PM

Not familiar with her.

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robin orton


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06-05-2016 06:50 AM

Quote:
I first encountered her work in the early 70's when the prog rock band Genesis used one of her paintings for the cover of Selling England by the pound'

Ah yes, 'prog rock.' That I have heard of.

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Anotherjohn


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06-05-2016 08:37 AM

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Not familiar with her [Betty Swallocks]


You will be if the weather forecasters have got it right and we hit 26 degrees over the weekend!

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Erekose


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07-05-2016 09:27 PM

anotherjohn are you trying to make a joke based on her name?
The more I find out about her life and career the more surprised I am that she has vanished from the cultural radar.

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Erekose


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21-11-2016 08:50 PM

Results of research are that she also lived at the following addresses locally:
65 Hurstbourne Road
5 Courtside, Dartmouth Road
6 Halifax Street
1 Park Hill, London Road

If you live at any of the above were you aware of the artistic connection?

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stevegrindlay


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22-11-2016 10:35 AM

Here's a bit more information on Betty Swanwick:

She was the daughter of Henry Gerard Swanwick, born Ada Elizabeth Edith on 22/5/1915 in Colfe Road, Forest Hill. She attended Prendergast School and Goldsmiths College.

She also lived at 65 Hurstbourne Road 1920-1936, 5 Courtside, Dartmouth Road 1937-1941, 1 Park Hill, London Road 1942-1954 and 6 Halifax Street 1955-1959 when she moved to Greenwich and then to Tunbridge Wells, where she died in 1989.


For a random selection of items on local history visit my blog at:
http://sydenhamforesthillhistory.blogspot.com/
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Erekose


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22-11-2016 01:07 PM

At last someone else who knows who she was.

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