East Dulwich is a district of South London, England in the London Borough of Southwark. It forms the eastern one third of Dulwich, with the Dulwich Wood area, Dulwich Village and West Dulwich to its South and West making up the remaining two thirds. The South London suburb dates back to the nineteenth century when the land was sold by Alleyn's College and redeveloped with the help of Sir Charles Barry.
It is a residential area which has undergone gentrification in recent years. It has a shopping area along Lordship Lane which, as well as many independent shops, has a selection of restaurants and a greengrocer specialising in organic produce. On Fridays and Saturdays there is a small market on North Cross Road with antiques, crafts and specialist food stalls. Some of the pubs in the area have been converted to gastropubs, providing residents with many more places to eat and drink. East Dulwich station is located on Grove Vale. It is not only further east than North Dulwich Station (on the same line) but also further north.
Lordship Lane was the boundary of Dulwich Manor with Friern Manor.
1340 - The hamlet of Est Dilewissh was sold to John Leverich by William Mabuhs
1538 - Dulwich no longer property of Bermondsey Abbey with Dissolution.
1544 - Dulwich granted to goldsmith Thomas Calton for £609 by Henry VIII.
1605 - Estate sold for £4,900 to Edward Alleyn by Sir Francis Calton
1805 (+1814) - Dulwich Common enclosed.
1826 - East Dulwich Chapel built at start of Lordship Lane opposite Goose Green.
1851 - Dulwich's population: 1,632.
1863 - London, Chatham and Dover Railway built.
1865 - St John's Church built amidst green fields.
1868 - East Dulwich railway station opened as Champion Hill Station.
1868 - Old village green is bought for public use.
1871-1881 - 5,000 houses built in East Dulwich.
1872 - St John's & St Clements school moved to Northcross Road.
1874 - St Peter's Church built.
1877 - Emmanuel Congregational Church opened on Barry Road.
1883 - Heber Road School.
1885 - Horse-drawn trams arrived in East Dulwich
1887 - Dulwich Hospital opened.
1890 - Dulwich Park opened. Dulwich Grove Congregational Church opened on Melbourne Grove.
1892 - Dulwich Public Baths opened on East Dulwich Road.
1893 - Dulwich Fire Station opened on Lordship Lane (closed 1947 after war damage).
1897 - Dulwich Library opened.
1900 - Part of the Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell. Grove Vale School opened.
1901 - Dulwich's Population: 10,247
1902 - Imperial Hall opened in Grove Vale.
1906 - Horse-drawn trams were replaced by electrical ones. The route ran Dog Kennel Hill, Lordship Lane and East Dulwich Road.
1912 - Dulwich Hamlet FC moved to Dog Kennel Hill. Aquarius Golf Club opened.
1923 - Imperial Hall became Pavilion. Grove Tavern rebuilt.
1931 - New Dulwich Hamlet FC stadium opened.
1938 - East Dulwich Odeon opened.
1952 - End of electric trams.
1965 - Became part of new London Borough of Southwark.
1972 - East Dulwich Odeon closed. Later became London House.
1977 - East Dulwich Police Station opened.
1990s - Gentrification of East Dulwich.
1994 - St John's & St Clements school moved to Adys Road.
1998 - Commemorative blue plaque added to 36 Forest Hill Road, birthplace of Boris Karloff (William Henry Pratt)
2003 - London House (old East Dulwich Odeon) demolished.
One area of East Dulwich is called Dulwich Plough. This was named after a pub, "The Plough" which had been there since 1830. The pub was taken over by Bass Taverns pub chain and changed its name in 1996 to the Goose and Granite. Despite the efforts of a "Save Dulwich Plough" campaign the new name was kept for almost ten years. The name reverted to The Plough in 2005.
Dulwich Library, which opened on 24 November 1897 is nearby.
549 Lordship Lane - the "Concrete House"
One of the most architecturally interesting buildings in the area is at 549 Lordship Lane. The so-called "Concrete House" is a derelict grade II listed building and is an example of 19th-century concrete house. It is believed that it is the only surviving example in England.
The Concrete House was built in 1873 by Charles Drake of the Patent Concrete Building Company. In 1867 the builder had patented the use of iron panels for shuttering rather than timber.
Sport and leisure
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