East Dulwich

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East Dulwich
East Dulwich is located in Greater London
East Dulwich
East Dulwich
East Dulwich shown within Greater London
Population 12,321 (2011 Census. Ward)[1]
OS grid reference TQ345745
London borough
Ceremonial county Greater London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district SE22
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
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LondonCoordinates: 51°27′43″N 0°05′02″W / 51.4620°N 0.0840°W / 51.4620; -0.0840

East Dulwich is a district of south East London, England in the London Borough of Southwark. It forms the eastern part of Dulwich, with Peckham to the east and Camberwell to the north. This south London suburb was first developed in the nineteenth century on land owned by Alleyn's College.[2]

It was originally part of the much larger, historic parish of Camberwell, which later became the Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell, and included Camberwell, Peckham, Dulwich, Nunhead, and other London districts.[3]


Saxon Dulwich[edit]

967 - Edgar the Peaceful granted Dilwihs to a thane named Earl Aelfheah. Dilwihs meant 'meadow where the dill grew'.[4]

Medieval East Dulwich[edit]

1066 - King William I of England is owner of Dulwich, taking the land from King Harold II of England

Part of 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

Tudor Dulwich[edit]

1538 - Dulwich no longer property of Bermondsey Abbey with Dissolution.

1544 - Dulwich granted to goldsmith Thomas Calton for £609 by Henry VIII.

Stuart East Dulwich[edit]

St John the Evangelist church at Goose Green

Georgian Dulwich[edit]

1805 (+1814) - Dulwich Common enclosed.

1826 - East Dulwich Chapel built at start of Lordship Lane opposite Goose Green.

Victorian Dulwich[edit]

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 North Cross Road.

Dulwich Library

1874 - St Peter's Church built.

1877 - Emmanuel Congregational Church opened on Barry Road.

1882 - 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).[5]

1897 - Dulwich Library opened.[6]

Goose Green in snow

1897 - Enid Blyton was born on Lordship Lane.

Modern East Dulwich[edit]

It is a residential area which has undergone gentrification in recent years.[7] There is a shopping area along Lordship Lane which, in addition to several independent shops, has a variety of restaurants, butcher, fishmonger. On Fridays and Saturdays there is a small market on North Cross Road with antiques, crafts and specialist food stalls. Some of the public houses in the area have been converted to gastropubs.


1900 - Part of the Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell. Grove Vale School opened.

1901 - Dulwich's Population: 10,376

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.

1935 - St Thomas More Catholic Church officially named.

1938 - East Dulwich Odeon opened.

1940s - World War II: the Blitz and the V1 & V-2 rocket flying bombs caused widespread damage to East Dulwich.

1952 - End of electric trams.

1965 - Became part of new London Borough of Southwark.

1972 - East Dulwich Odeon closed. Later became London House.

1973 - Dawsons Heights by Kate Macintosh

1977 - East Dulwich Police Station opened.

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.

2015 - East Dulwich Picturehouse opened.


East Dulwich area map.

Dulwich Plough[edit]

One area of East Dulwich is called Dulwich Plough.[8] 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.

The Concrete House on Lordship Lane

549 Lordship Lane: the "Concrete House"[edit]

One of the most architecturally interesting buildings in the area is at 549 Lordship Lane. The so-called "Concrete House" is a former derelict grade II listed building, now restored and back in use, and is an example of 19th-century concrete house. It is believed that it is the only surviving example in England.[9]

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.

It was on the Heritage at Risk Register from 1994 to 2013 when it was removed following its successful repair and conversion. Having fallen vacant in the 1980s and developing serious structural problems, it has been fully restored and converted to five flats in shared ownership. It then won an award from English Heritage, the Angel Commendation.[10]

Sport and leisure[edit]

East Dulwich is home to two non-league football clubs, Dulwich Hamlet and Fisher F.C., who share a ground at Champion Hill.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Southwark Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  2. ^ The Dulwich Society: [1].
  3. ^ "Camberwell", British History online
  4. ^ Hibbert, Christopher; Booth, Pat; Weinreb, Ben (1983). The London encyclopedia. New York: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-32556-7. 
  5. ^ "Dulwich Fire Station c.1900. Built 1892.". London Fire Brigade. 1900. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to Southwark libraries". Southwark Council. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Good buy, Mr Chips". The Times. 11 June 2004. 
  8. ^ http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2018876
  9. ^ "549 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, Southwark, c.1930". Ideal Homes. Archived from the original on 14 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  10. ^ Wilding, Mark (7 October 2013). "The Concrete House restoration wins English Heritage commendation". bdonline.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 

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