Thackeray was a wealthy benefactor to Lewisham and Christ Hospital where he went to school. In 1840 he built and endowed Thackeray’s almshouses in order to provide rest for ‘Six aged females’. Panels at the base of the monument depict the almshouses and Christ Hospital. His home was ‘The Priory’ a large house built in the gothic style with extensive gardens, now the site of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 428 Lewisham High Street.
The photograph of ‘The Priory’ shows the river which ran along the front of the house and the length of the High street, unintentionally drained when a sewer was built.