There is a large house in Lewisham which for all the world looks like a cake – a cake smothered in brightly coloured icing.
The house belongs to Brenton Samuel Pink a retired refuse collector who bought it for £4800 in the 1960s and then spent many years lovingly painting it bright colours to evoke the light and colours of his birthplace, Jamaica. His is a quirky story – but also a story which encapsulates so much of the area and the city’s history and its continued evolution. From once having been a smart(ish) suburb with large villas set in their own grounds, like Brenton’s, to a shabby decline and de-population after WW1, Lewisham has experienced a long slow climb back towards becoming a popular place to live.
Brenton’s story was recorded on film over 20 years ago – I’d love to see it someday. Get in touch if you have a copy.