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Joining Hands On Sunday In Norton Folgate

July 18, 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 Strategic Development 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.




1. Please register at the desk in Elder St when you arrive. The desk will be open from 2pm.

2. Please join the line which will start forming from the corner of Elder St and Folgate St at 2:30pm, extending around Norton Folgate on the route shown on the map.

3. Please join hands at 3pm and stay holding hands while a camera travels the length of the line. Please tweet selfies of yourself while in the line #savenortonfolgate

4. Please stay on the pavement at all times and do not obstruct passage of traffic along Blossom St. Similarly, we ask you to show gracious respect to the residents of Norton Folgate, by permitting them access in and out of their homes and by not impeding customers at The Water Poet and Tune Hotel.

5. The Gentle Author would like to give you a copy of The Gentle Author’s London Album as a gesture of gratitude for your support of the campaign to SAVE NORTON FOLGATE. Numbered tickets will be given to the first 500 to sign in from 2pm and these can be exchanged for a copy at Batty Langley’s hotel in Folgate St shortly after 3pm, once the camera has passed along the line.

This event has the clearance of the Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police, reference number CAD 2631


Please come to the meeting of the Tower Hamlets Strategic Development Committee when the fate of Norton Folgate will be decided on TUESDAY 21st JULY at 7pm at Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, E14 2BG

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

12 Responses leave one →
  1. Catherine permalink
    July 18, 2015

    Good luck–will be with you in spirit from San Francisco!

  2. July 18, 2015

    Good luck for Sunday! Valerie

  3. Dianne permalink
    July 18, 2015

    Wish I could be there but just a little difficult from Brisbane. Will be with you in spirit and wishing all the best for Sunday and the campaign.

  4. Peter Holford permalink
    July 18, 2015

    I wish I could be there – here’s hoping for a good turn-out and maximum publicity.

  5. July 18, 2015

    Wish I could be there: but I’m sure you’ll get a brilliant turn-out!

  6. July 18, 2015

    Oh I so wish I could get there – you should do cardboard cutouts that we can make a contribution to the campaign and have our ‘by proxy’ standing there! LOL!

    Best of luck, I cannot believe all your hard work won’t pay off and our history saved!

  7. July 18, 2015

    please add my hands in absentia to your circle. good luck.

  8. July 18, 2015

    Wish I could be there but will send ‘vibe-support’ from Toronto, Canada.

    I’ve stayed with friends on Folgate Street so I know the area you wish to save.
    They will be there with you.

    Good Luck!

  9. liz permalink
    July 18, 2015

    I’m sorry I can’t be there too
    – Good Luck!

  10. July 18, 2015

    I agree with Cathy, there are so many people who feel strongly about this who will not be able to join hands but we would have liked to be represented in some way, and I too had thought of cardboard cut outs with our names on them!! Good luck!!


  11. July 18, 2015

    I hope that lots of people take the time to show up for this event, because it is important to let the council know how misguided this current plan is. Best of luck.

  12. July 18, 2015

    As an old east ender I am sending my support from Canada

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