What should we call the new buildings on the Flaxyard Site?

Closed 25 Apr 2022

Opened 10 Feb 2022


The Flaxyard is a new development of three blocks of genuinely affordable housing near Peckham High Road, due to be completed in 2023. You can find out more about the development here.

We are now looking for names for the three blocks, and we would like to hear your preferences from the shortlist we have drawn up.



Innes Hope Pearse (known as Innes H. Pearse)

Innes was a doctor who co-founded the Pioneer Health Centre in Peckham that became known as the Peckham Experiment. This was a project that studied and promoted social attitudes to health and fitness.

Debbie Welch

Debbie was a youth and community worker in Peckham, a Liddle Ward councillor (between Camberwell and Peckham) and Deputy Leader of Southwark. She was also an advisor in the murder investigation of Peckham schoolboy Damilola Taylor.

Annie Brewster

Annie was one of the first Black nurses known to work in Britain. She lived in Southwark.

George Arthur Roberts

George was a soldier, fireman and campaigner for the rights of ex-servicemen. He was a founder member of the League of Coloured Peoples and awarded the British Empire Medal. He lived in Peckham.

Charles Arundel Moody

Charles was a soldier and the first commanding officer (Lt. Col.) of the 3rd Battalion Regiment in Jamaica. He lived in Southwark.

Robert Branford

Robert was the first Black man recruited by the Met Police. He rose through the ranks to become superintendent of Southwark.

You can read more about all these remarkable people in the document attached below.

In looking for names for places in Southwark we have a number of considerations, including:

  • that there is a strong connection to Southwark or South East London
  • representative of our diverse community, in line with the principles of Southwark Stands Together, but also recognising that women have historically been under-represented
  • the positive impact of the named individual
  • that the person is no longer alive

Bearing this in mind, please use the form below to tell us which of the above you would like to see as the name of the new blocks.


  • Peckham
  • Rye Lane


  • All residents
  • Everyone who lives, works or visits the borough
  • Community and voluntary groups


  • Communities
  • Culture and Libraries
  • Housing
  • Planning and Regeneration