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Crescent Wood Road
Sydenham Hill shown within Greater London
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||SE21, SE26|
|UK Parliament||Dulwich and West Norwood|
|Lewisham West and Penge|
|London Assembly||Lambeth and Southwark|
|Greenwich and Lewisham|
Sydenham Hill is a hill or ridge and a locality in South-East London and the name of a road which runs along the northern eastern part of the ridge and forms the boundary between the London Borough of Southwark, London Borough of Bromley and the London Borough of Lewisham. The highest part of the hill is also one of the highest points in London at 367 feet (112 m). The road connects the A205 road in the north-east at Forest Hill with the A212 road to the south-west at Crystal Palace. Sydenham Hill railway station, Sydenham Hill Wood nature reserve and Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Golf course are located to the west and within Southwark. As well as Southwark and Lewisham, the London boroughs of Lambeth, Croydon and Bromley all have part of the hill in their jurisdiction.
The hill was once covered by the Great North Wood. In the 19th Century it was home to the spa and health resort of Sydenham Wells, and in 1854, the Crystal Palace was relocated from Hyde Park and re-erected at Penge Place on the south-western end of the ridge.
A number of large residential properties were built along Sydenham Hill in the 19th century, including Grange Court (1861), The Wood (1840), Dilkhoosh (now Fountain House) (1864), Highfield (1855), The Cedars (1894), Sydenham Hill House (1898), Dulwich Wood House (1858), Beltwood House (1851) and Castlebar (1879).
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