Severndroog the Vigilant

Our beloved castle has long kept its watchful eye upon the people below, so when the call went out for the community to rescue it from private developers, it was only fair for us to step forward and take care of our local gem. Here are the people who turned a collective dream into reality, and made possible what you see today.

About the Trust


A campaign group was established 2002 to halt the proposed sell-off of the building. The Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust (SCBPT) was formed in 2003, established as a limited company by guarantee (No. 04641883). The trust became a charity in 2008 (No. 1127071).


The aims and objectives of the trust/charity are:


• saving Severndroog Castle from being sold off to private developers, to the benefit of the people of the
  Royal Borough of Greenwich and the nation

• preserving the historical, architectural and constructional heritage of the castle and its environment

• promoting the historical, architectural and constructional interest of the castle

• raising awareness and educating the public to the significance of the castle.


The current board consists of the following trustees:


David Mears (Chairman), Pauline Denny (Treasurer), Steve Crow, Spencer Drury, Carol Golding, Tony Nickson,

Bobby Palmer  Kallie Schut, Paul Townrow and Adam Thompson


The board directors/trustees/members have a wide range of experience and expertise including campaigning, managing charitable trusts, project management, accountancy, local and national history, environmental work, charity finance, fundraising as well as membership in many local community groups in southeast London.


The trust acknowledges the work of past campaigners/ board members and thanks them for their dedication and support:

Andrew Bullivant, Susan Bullivant, Steve Daly, Kathryn Dean, David Edwards, David Goodfellow,  Barry Gray, Christine Gray, Lesley Gray, Gwen Knighton, Paula Malpeli, Vic Morgan, Danny Nicol, Denise Ostick, Anette Petersen, Anji Petersen, the late Councillor Dermot Poston, Joe Raftery, Jack Vaughn, Janice White, Dave Wright, John Large of Large Associates (adviser to the board) and Gauri Yennawar.



Visit our partners

Occupying the ground floor and courtyard of Severndroog Castle, Castlewood Tea Room is open five days a week, offering a range of food and drink from breakfast and brunch to light lunch and tea. All food is made fresh to order and our delicious cakes are all homemade. We serve Twinings tea and Italian freshly ground coffee, plus cold drinks and Marshfield Farm ice cream. We also serve Afternoon Tea two Saturdays a month, and are the preferred in-house caterers for private events. Click above for Castlewood Tea Room's opening hours, menus, contact details, and more information about Afternoon Tea and event catering.

The Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust (SCBPT) is a company limited by guarantee (No. 04641883). Registered charity No. 1127071

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