A Poem for Deptford High Street
Written to celebrate Deptford's 2016 success in the 2016 Urbanism Awards
 Looking down Deptford High Street on market day
Deptford High Street was pipped to the post by Oliver Plunkett St in Cork for the โ€˜Great Streetsโ€™ category of the 2016 Urbanism Awards. Run by The Academy of Urbanism, the awards aim to โ€˜identify, promote and learn from great placesโ€™

The 3 finalists were lucky enough to have a poem written by prominent English poet Ian McMillan which was performed at the ceremony.  We think his poem does a great job of summing up Deptford, you can read it in full at the bottom of this post.

In the Urbanism Awards report Deptford High Street was praised for community involvement, the redesigned market area and the improvements to the station. We got a mention too for the restoration of the carriage ramp and the soon to be open public realm.

Praise included:

‘Deptford Lounge is a magnificent example of library, computer labs, study area, café, rooftop ball court and Tidemill Academy – an innovative primary school.’

‘A series of initiatives including apprentices, moving art schemes, special events and infrastructure enhancements have refocused the market’s energy in a responsive way.’

Fabrics for sale on Deptford Market
Street Art by Artmongers
Deptford High Street was praised for community involvement, the redesigned market area and the improvements to the station

Deptford High Street

This really is a street of High ideals;

A route through the heart of urban living,

A street that you can't imagine giving

No for an answer; a cafe; on wheels

That used to be a train carriage? Yes!

Feels Like it’s time to open up the striving Arches? Yes!

Deptford High Street appeals 

To the part of me that wants to be a Flaneur; that gets off trains and wants to smile 

At the High Street; a fresh tablecloth spread Across Life’s café table;

I see a Future for this High Street, this place of style 

And substance, a feast for the heart and head! 

Ian McMillan 2015

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