Crystal Palace People looks at some of the personalities from around the Crystal Palace area who have contributed to the area or have unusual jobs, occupations or hobbies



  Star of stage and screen who helped the war effort honoured Actor and film director Leslie Howard (1893-1943) has been commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque at 45 Farquhar Road in Upper Norwood, south London. The plaque was installed on Tuesday 3rd September at the home where he lived in his later childhood –…

Portrait of the Artist

Audrey Hammond with some of her family portraits at her November exhibition

Audrey Hammond was born in South London and studied Fine Art at Bromley College of Art. She has taught ceramics and art at Sydenham High School and has exhibited paintings and drawings in galleries all over England (including five times at the Royal Academy Summer Show) and many exhibitions locally. She now works entirely freelance.…

Women Like Us

Emma (centre right) with Karen (centre left) talking to mums at a school gate

This month, in our regular series of interviews looking at Palace people, we spoke to Emma Stewart, co-founder of Women Like Us.
Women Like Us is an award-winning social enterprise that helps women with children to make the best choices for their working lives, and helps employers find experienced, part-time staff. They do this by offering coaching and advice, and delivering bespoke recruitment and consultancy services, specialising in flexible working.

Picture This


Steven Brown was born and raised in Battersea and has lived in Anerley for the last three years. He is a professional photographer specialising in fashion, portraiture and interiors working from his home studio and in the West End.

Master of Arts


ou may not think you know Pat Barrow’s work but most have you have seen some of it, some of you every day. And most of us have probably sat on it! For Pat has designed the patterns for the seats on the Victoria, Bakerloo, District and Piccadilly lines for London Underground and also for the Routemaster buses.

The Italian Job


In the fifth of our series of interviews looking at Palace people and their jobs, we spoke to Turin born Enrico Tessarin co-founder of Crystal Palace’s own Film and Video company Fourth Passenger and myspace evangelist. As I found out when I talked to Enrico there is much more to the company than making movies.

Keeping It Clean


In the fourth of our series of interviews looking at Palace people and their jobs, we spoke to Lambeth-born Stan Morris, who runs the window cleaning business ShineBright…

Label of Love


n the third of our series of articles looking at Palace people and their jobs, we spoke to Jakob Kaye, managing director of Crystal Palace’s very own Antenna Studios. Tucked away, as it is, in Bowyers Yard (directly behind Westow Street’s Pizza Hut), Antenna Studios isn’t the most accessible of businesses in Crystal Palace. And yet, with its laidback vibe and rundown charm, this small studio is well worth wandering off the beaten path

Designs for Life


In the second of our series of articles looking at Palace people and their jobs, we spoke to Jonnie Rowlandson, metalwork designer extraordinaire who is based in Carberry Works.

In the Name of the Father

Father Demetrious Crystal Palace

Not only is Father Demetrios a priest but also an accomplished artist. He studied at the University of Guildford. He has created fifty bronze busts of notable public figures. Masks are his passion and area of expertise. He also paints Byzantine icons; surrealist art, abstract art and symbolic spiritual art. His work is exhibited in Vorres Museum in Athens, Bromley Museum, Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art and Croydon Museum.