The Battle of Lewisham 1977
On 13 August 1977, the far-right group National Front (NF) attempted to march from New Cross to Lewisham town centre. The protest led to violent clashes with counter-demonstrators and police. It was the first time the NF were prevented from marching and the first time police riot shields were used in England. It has since become known as the ‘Battle of Lewisham’.
Approximately 5,000 police officers were present and 56 officers were injured, 11 of whom were hospitalised. 214 people were arrested as a result of the clash.