Category Archives: /Sydenham

Sydenham Hill in the Snow

Above: Heavy snow in 2009 creating a ‘winter wonderland’ around the Dulwich Wood House pub. It is not very often that London is covered in deep snow, each occasion often separated by several years if not decades. The only problem … Continue reading

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Grace, W G, in Sydenham

William Gilbert ‘WG’ Grace, (1848–1915) was an English amateur cricketer who was important in the development of the sport and is widely considered to be one of its greatest-ever players. His profession was as a doctor. He qualified as a … Continue reading

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Poole River at Lower Sydenham

Above: The Poole River, sparkling in the sunshine, flowing beside newly laid out bank, with wild plants establishing themselves. We always talk about the River Thames as ‘London’s River’ – mainly because it flows through the centre of the capital. … Continue reading

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Railway Tavern, Southend Lane

Have you ever visited the large Sainsbury’s Supermarket at Bell Green? If you have then there the first question to ask is ‘Don’t you have anything better to do with your time?’ and the second question to ask is ‘Do … Continue reading

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St Antholin Church Spire

Above: St Antholin’s spire still to be seen in Sydenham, just over the Forest Hill border. The church of St Antholin, designed by Christopher Wren and rebuilt after the Great Fire of London, used to stand at a point where … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Frightful Accident

Above: The pathway leading to the entrance door of St Bartholomew, Sydenham. A disaster that is seldom mentioned – even by those who live in Sydenham and know its history – is when a group of workmen fell to their … Continue reading

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Dracula’s Castle, Kirkdale

Above: The large house standing beside Kirkdale. Until 1854, when the Crystal Palace that had been in Hyde Park was opened on a new site at the top of Sydenham Hill, the communities of Forest Hill and Sydenham were relatively … Continue reading

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Marx, Eleanor, in Sydenham

Above: View of the front of the house at 7 Jews Walk, Sydenham. Eleanor was born on 16 January 16 1855, the sixth child and fourth daughter of Karl Marx and his wife Jenny (nee von Westphalen). They were living … Continue reading

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