Protect our hidden history while we still can

(03 August, 2017)

These ‘Stretcher fences’ used to carry wounded civilians in the war are dotted around London and loads must already have been dumped

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It is amazing when you find out that something you walked past daily and climbed over as a kid has such an interesting past – as is the case with our story this week on the calls to protect metal fences made from WW2 stretchers.

These ‘Stretcher fences’ used to carry wounded civilians in the war are dotted around London and loads must already have been dumped, with many of us not having any idea of the history behind them.

Well done to Peckham-based architect Benny O’Looney and conservationist Rosie Shaw for bringing this to the public attention.

It’s also good to hear Southwark Council’s cabinet member for regeneration committing to “preserve them where we can”, but it would be even better if Southwark led the way by getting some formal protection in place.

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