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Join Hands To Save Norton Folgate

July 8, 2015
by the gentle author


PLEASE COME AND JOIN HANDS WITH ME to create a circle around Norton Folgate as a symbolic gesture of our shared wish to see these buildings restored for new use instead of being demolished by British Land.

Three days before Tower Hamlets Planning Committee meet to decide the fate of Norton Folgate on July 21st, we want to show that large numbers of people care sufficiently to turn up and create a human chain around this historic neighbourhood.

We hope this event will be a focus for everyone who believes old buildings should be repurposed rather than destroyed, as is happening across London at this moment.

As you know, this is a subject close to my heart and so, as a gesture of gratitude to those who are willing to join hands with me on 19th July, I will give a copy of THE GENTLE AUTHOR’S LONDON ALBUM as a gift to the first five hundred people to turn up.

Registration will commence on Sunday July 19th at 2pm at a desk in Elder St, when you can sign in and be given a map of where to stand and a numbered ticket. At 3pm precisely, we ask everyone to join hands while a film camera travels the entire length of the circle around Norton Folgate. We are also keen that people take photos of themselves and share these through social media to publicise the event using the hashtag #savenortonfolgate

Afterwards, I shall be swapping the five hundred numbered tickets for copies of THE LONDON ALBUM and the event will be dispersed by 3:30pm.

If you care about the future of Spitalfields, if you care about the future of East End, if you care about the future of London, come to join hands in this historic event and bring your family, your friends and neighbours – and please spread the word.




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Click here for a simple guide to HOW TO OBJECT EFFECTIVELY prepared by The Spitalfields Trust (Objections close 20th July)

Follow the Campaign at facebook/savenortonfolgate

Follow Spitalfields Trust on twitter @SpitalfieldsT

You may also like to take a look at

Taking Liberties in Norton Folgate

Inside the Nicholls & Clarke Buildings

Stories of Norton Folgate

Save Norton Folgate

26 Responses leave one →
  1. Janet M permalink
    July 8, 2015

    I hope this gets the attention of the council.

  2. July 8, 2015

    This is yet another appalling attempt by some to erase anything from the past, anything of old London. Anyone that would want to destroy such lovely old buildings full of character for cold, soulless, modern monstrosities must be mad. Just looking at both types of buildings in this video, there is no comparison as to which ones are good and which ones are utter eyesores. I do so hope this can be stopped, again.

  3. jeannette permalink
    July 8, 2015

    i’ll be there in spirit.

  4. Annie permalink
    July 8, 2015

    Raise a couple of arms for me!

  5. July 8, 2015

    Love the idea of making a circle and standing together for the cause. Good luck! Valerie

  6. Jax Atkins permalink
    July 8, 2015

    I hope many, many people will turn up & you receive much media coverage – it’s a wonderful idea.

  7. Brian r bird permalink
    July 8, 2015

    Good luck from Nottingham.

  8. Vita Osborne permalink
    July 8, 2015

    Yes x 3 and more if I can. Until July 19.

  9. July 8, 2015

    A brilliant happening and I look forward to being there.

  10. July 8, 2015

    I’ll be there in spirit. Good luck!

  11. Stella Herbert permalink
    July 8, 2015

    I am reading Robert Ludlum’s ‘The Sigma Protocol’ written in 2001. How it rings a booming great bell now. Evil conspiracies controlling London.

    I hope when I read to the end that the ‘hero’ and his girl will have overcome.

    And I so hope that the ‘heroes’ there on that Sunday will also overcome.


  12. Shawdiane permalink
    July 8, 2015

    I live on the Isle of Wight after 15 years of living in my beautiful London. So unfortunately I am going into hospital in a few weeks for an op; otherwise I would
    hop into my car; hop onto the ferry and drive up to London to “JOIN HANDS”.
    I sign and write all I can stop this monstroserty from happening as it would break my heart
    should this disasterous project go ahead.

    Boy am I with YOU.

    Sign Sign Sign Sign Sign Sign and sign again EVERYONE and SAVE OUR LONDON

  13. Robson Cezar permalink
    July 8, 2015

    I will be there to hold it tight!

  14. kristine dillon permalink
    July 8, 2015

    I am not English and I live in the States. I can claim no personal history to this area. This being said, I love London, I think it is the best city in the world. As you gather together, you will also be standing for people like me who feel that these historic buildings and these historic places in the East End of London, are vital to maintaining the rich historical fabric of London, and to the world.

    I have learned so much from this blog about Spitalfields and the areas that surround it. This knowledge has both enriched my life and brought joy to it. I treasure the places and buildings you treasure, albeit from “across the pond.”

    I too am with you in spirit.

  15. caroline dickinson permalink
    July 8, 2015

    Gutted about our history going by the wayside. I will be thinking of you at this time. Shame I live so far away in Devon.

  16. Chris F permalink
    July 8, 2015

    I am sending you a virtual pair of hands with which to slap the faces of those who seek to destroy everything and anything that has memory or meaning to us. The only saving grace is, that unlike Sir Christopher Wren et al…. Most of these modern designers, builders, architects and money grabbers will die unknown and unlamented.

  17. marybarr permalink
    July 8, 2015

    Love this website join hands and let Norton Colgate flourish .Love from Glasgow

  18. Margaret N permalink
    July 8, 2015

    I don’t live in London either but the campaign has my full support and I have shared the link to the blog in the hope of more people getting behind it. I fear that the tone of this proposed development – the lack of sensitivity to local history, scale of building and architecture, geography and disregard of the actual people living in the community – is running throughout the country.

  19. Katya permalink
    July 8, 2015

    If only there was a way to teleport myself from New York to London to join the circle around this treasured place. If possible, could a small piece of rope, or some other item, with my name attached and held at either end by two people within the circle, suffice?
    It would be an honor to be a part of this event.

  20. July 9, 2015

    Good luck with your campaign. From Belfast

  21. Eastendbutcher permalink
    July 9, 2015

    Doing everything i can to re-arrange my day so that i can get there.

  22. Heather Fenton permalink
    July 9, 2015

    I would be there if I could but I live in north Wales. I have never been to Spitalfields but am fascinated by it and will come sometime. Meanwhile yes, I am with you in this; such destruction should not be allowed to happen.

  23. Diane Morgan permalink
    July 29, 2015

    I wish I could have been with you to hold hands but I live in France.
    I visited Folgate last year and thought it was wonderful.
    This development CANNOT be allowed we must preserve our history.

  24. Jane Gadsby permalink
    July 30, 2015

    Why would anyone want to destroy such an historic and interesting part of our amazing capital city? Not everything old is bad, not everything new is good.

  25. Viky permalink
    July 30, 2015

    This can’t happen, I’m sorry I could not come to London on 19th.

  26. SK Cole permalink
    August 6, 2015

    Great praise to all and I hope campaign successful. Why tear down and not work instead with what is there and leave areas of character. The huguenots were folk keen to preserve skills and gave so much to our arts and culture. My own family of huguenot forebears ended up in Ireland and gave me pride in my heritage .
    It is a shame that developers cannot see beyond to future generations who will be reversing their so called improvements.

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