St Sidwell's Community Centre

Heritage Project

We believe that heritage can make a positive contribution to local community life.

Most of Sidwell Street, including our Community Centre, was rebuilt in the 1950s after the destruction of the street in the 1942 Blitz. However, belying its shabby 1950’s architecture, Sidwell Street has a long and rich history, dating back some 2000 years. Similarly, though our community centre is now an independent, entirely secular charity, there have been a total of 4 churches on the site, the first of which was built more than 1000 years ago.

two stone carved statues

Our heritage work aims to raise awareness of this rich, but largely forgotten history. By developing local projects and putting on events and displays, we

  • provide opportunities for people from all backgrounds to learn about heritage and get actively involved
  • build a stronger and more positive identity for the area
  • bring people together to develop a shared understanding of the unique cultural identity of Sidwell Street 
  • attract new visitors
  • create a legacy of heritage information and displays

In 2023 we are running a new small Heritage project, funded by the Heritage Fund – called The Road to Sidwell Street. We’ll be hosting a wide range of events and activities to get people engaged with the heritage of Sidwell Street as well as all the diverse people who live, work and volunteer here. Keep an eye on our What’s On page for upcoming events and activities. Email if you want to get involved as a volunteer or join our Heritage Research Group!

As part of the project we launched a competition to rewrite the legend of Sidwella. Read the fantastic winning entry and runner up here: