Remembering the 'Battle of Lewisham' 40 years on

05 Apr 2017 Lewisham news

On 13 August 1977, the National Front (NF) attempted to march from New Cross to Catford, passing through multicultural Lewisham on the way. The march was strongly and physically opposed by anti-racist activists and local people, resulting in clashes between the NF, the counter-demonstrators and the police. The events of that day have become known as the ‘Battle of Lewisham'.

 This year marks the 40th anniversary of the ‘Battle of Lewisham’ and the Mayor of Lewisham and Lewisham Council have agreed to install a commemorative Maroon Plaque on New Cross Road. They want Lewisham residents to help them decide what it should say. 

Vote before midnight Sunday 30 April here for a chance to see your suggestion on the plaque. 

Remembering the ‘Battle of Lewisham’ 40 years on is led by Goldsmiths historian John Price in collaboration with The Mayor of Lewisham, Lewisham Council and numerous local voluntary and community organisations.

To find out more about the project, including how you can get involved and upcoming events, visit