Employment Academy
Wednesday 23 October 2019
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About the building

29 Peckham Road in 1904
A drawing of the Employment Academy building at 29 Peckham Road in 1904.

29 Peckham Road is a Grade II Listed, Edwardian 'Baroque' building located at the junction of Peckham Road and Havil Street.

The site, at the corner of Havil Street (formerly Workhouse Lane) and Peckham Road, had previously been occupied by a workhouse, and then later by hospital buildings since the first quarter of the 18th century. The present building at 29 Peckham Road was built for the Poor Law Guardians in 1904 after demolition of the Old Vestry Hall building, and was shown as the ‘‘Guardian’s Office” in the 1914 Ordnance Survey map.

By 1930 the London County Council (LCC) was in possession of all the buildings on this site and 29 Peckham Road was occupied by the Divisional Health Offices. The buildings were soon renamed as St Giles’ Hospital and in 1948 joined the NHS under the Camberwell Hospitals Management Committee.

By 1966 the hospital became part of the King’s College Teaching Hospital Group where it remained until 1983 when it was converted to a psychiatric day hospital. Southwark Council took over the buildings and 29 Peckham Road remained in their use as council offices until closure in 2010, when Thames Reach purchased this property to house its Employment Academy.

Ref: An Historic Building Record of 29 Peckham Road, Camberwell - Prepared by Maggie Henderson of Archaeology South-East.