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Blue plaque winners
Blue plaque winners 2007
Anne Shelton, 1928 to 1994
The wartime 'forces favourite'
Born as Patricia Sibley at 39 Coleman Road , Camberwell. In 1940 she moved to 142 Court Lane, Dulwich, where she lived for 50 years. She became a popular singer from 1940 and during the Second World War, she broadcast to the RAF during the long siege in Malta . She sang with Glenn Miller and Bing Crosby and in her later years she worked for the Not Forgotten association. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1990.
Bert Hardy, 1913 to 1995
Renowned press photographer
Born at the Priory, Webber Street , he began his career as a messenger but worked his way up to be a well-respected photographer. Well known for his work in Picture Post, especially during the blitz and his images of Elephant and Castle in 1949. He is known for giving great sympathy to working class Londoners, capturing scenes of domestic and street life in his work.
Edward Turner, 1901 to 1973
Motorcycle designer and captain of industry
Born at 32 Bronti Place, Walworth and later lived at 87 Rye Hill Park. He was the managing director of Triumph Motorcycles, achieving great commercial success. He designed the Triumph Tiger motorcycles in 1936, the Triumph Speed Twin of 1937, the Triumph Thunderbird and the Triumph Bonneville, all of which have a world wide following.
Sir Henry Cooper, born 1934
Heavyweight boxing champion
From 1934 to 1940 he lived in Daneville Road, Camberwell. He trained at the gymnasium above the Thomas a Becket Public House, Old Kent Road. In a professional career lasting 17 years he fought 55 times, winning 40 of his bouts. He won the British and Empire heavyweight titles in 1959, which he defended successfully in the following years, retaining the British champion title for over 12 years. Sir Henry was the first to win the BBC sports personality of the year in 1967 and then won it again in 1970.
John Harvard, 1607 to 1638
Principle benefactor of Harvard University
Born in Southwark, the son of Robert Harvard. Baptised in St. Saviour's Church, which became Southwark cathedral in 1905. He adopted a more protestant or puritan religious outlook than the Anglican establishment of his day followed and eventually he migrated to New England in the United States of America, where he practised his beliefs freely. In New England he became a principal donor of a college, which in 1639 became Harvard University and now ranks first in the world.
Rotherhithe Picture Research Library and Sands Film Studios
Centre of films and pictures
The library and the film studio were established in Grice's Granary, St. Marychurch Street 1976. The film studio is best known for the making of Little Dorrit in 1988, which took four years to make. In 1989 the film, Old Ways New Ways, recorded the last days of Peek Freans, Bermondsey's biggest factory. The sands films club also operated from there and still has a large membership. The library's substantial collection is still freely accessible.