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West Dulwich (// DUL-itch) is an area in south London, England, which straddles the London Borough of Lambeth and the London Borough of Southwark. Croxted Road and South Croxted Road mark the boundary between Southwark to the east and Lambeth to the west. The suburb of West Dulwich dates back to the 17th century when the often flooded land known as Dulwich Common was acquired and drained by Edward Alleyn's estate.
West Dulwich has two main parades of shops, the main one being on the Park Hall road junction, where Croxted Road becomes South Croxted Road. Shops there include Tesco, and a number of high end or independent shops. The other parade is on Rosendale Road and has more local-style shops. The Rosendale pub was redeveloped into a gastropub and was awarded the title of TimeOut London Best Gastropub 2007. Another building of note is Beauberry House, which is set in the grounds of Belair Park opposite West Dulwich railway station. The former mansion is now a restaurant.
At off-peak times West Dulwich railway station is served by four trains per hour to Victoria station. At peak times there are trains to both Victoria and Blackfriars. The closest tube station is Brixton tube station, which is approximately 20 minutes away by bus. The bus routes 3, P4, P13, 201 and 322 pass through the area.
West Dulwich forms part of the Dulwich and West Norwood constituency whose current member of Parliament is Helen Hayes MP of the Labour Party. At the local government level, West Dulwich is split between Dulwich Hil Ward, Dulwich Village Ward and Dulwich Wood Ward in the London Borough of Southwark, and Gipsy Hill Ward and Thurlow Park Ward in London Borough of Lambeth. Dulwich has traditionally a Conservative area, although in recent years they have faced competition from the Liberal Democrats and Labour. As of the 2018 local elections, all wards comprising the Dulwich areas are represented entirely by Labour councillors, apart from one Green councillor in Gipsy Hill.
Dulwich Wood, Dulwich Park and Brockwell Park are all within walking distance of West Dulwich. Thurlow Park and Belair Park are by the south circular where it enters and leaves the area. Being so close to Dulwich Village means that there are many small pockets of greenery such as those on Park Hall Road, Rosendale Road and College Road.
Confusingly, there are two areas called Knight's Hill nearby; the better known area is the residential area and electoral ward in West Norwood by the road called Knights Hill. But there is a hill to the north, near Thurlow Park Road, known as Knight's Hill, in which is the Knight's Hill railway tunnel. This second Knight's Hill includes the hilly land between the western end of Thurlow Park Road (South Circular), Peabody Hill and Lovelace Road, where the adjoining Rosendale allotments in Dulwich stand today. The green area is still marked as Knight's Hill on detailed maps, but to avoid confusion is not normally named on modern streetmaps. Both areas have similar origins, first mentioned as belonging to Thomas Knyght in 1545, and were known as Knight's Hill Common and Knight's Hill Farm, respectively. The train line between North Dulwich railway station and Tulse Hill railway station runs through the hill. Today the Peabody Hill estate lies on the western side of Tulse Hill with the Rosendale Road allotments on the top.
West Dulwich has four state primary schools (Rosendale Primary School and three others) and one secondary school, Kingsdale Foundation School. There are a number of private schools in or near the area: Oakfield Preparatory School, Rosemead Preparatory School, Dulwich College and Dulwich College Preparatory School.
Sport and leisure
- Saxon Dulwich
967 - Edgar the Peaceful granted Dilwihs to a thane named Earl Aelfheah. Dilwihs meant 'meadow where the dill grew'.
- Medieval Dulwich
Lordship Lane was the eastern boundary of Dulwich Manor with Friern Manor and Croxted Road (formerly Croks Street Lane) the western boundary with Lord Thurlow's estate.
- Tudor Dulwich
1538 - Dulwich ceased to be the property of Bermondsey Abbey following the abbey's dissolution.
1544 - Dulwich was granted to goldsmith Thomas Calton for £609 by Henry VIII.
- Stuart Dulwich
1619 - Dulwich College was founded by Edward Alleyn.
1785 - Belair House (now Beauberry House) was built by architect Robert Adam.
- Georgian Dulwich
1805 (+1814) - Dulwich Common was enclosed.
- Victorian Dulwich
1851 - Dulwich's population reached 1,632.
1856 - West Dulwich railway station was opened as Knights Hill Station.
1868 - The Old village green was bought for public use.
1888 - All Saints Church was built between 1888 and 1897; it was designed by G H Fellowes Prynne.
1890 - Dulwich Park was opened.
- Modern Dulwich
1900 - Dulwich became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell.
1901 - Dulwich's Population reached 10,247.
Buildings of interest
In addition to the College, other buildings of interest are Beauberry House (formerly Belair House); the Grade I listed All Saints Church, West Dulwich, home of the Lambeth Orchestra, which burned down in 2000 but reopened on the same site in 2006 thanks to the sustained work of parishioners and the local community; Kingswood House, a Grade II listed mansion; and the Rosendale pub, which is a historic coaching house that still retains the original Royal Doulton tiles.
- P G Wodehouse attended the College
- John Lawson Johnston also known as 'Mr Bovril'
- Peter Cushing
- James Nesbitt
- Huw Edwards
- Margaret Thatcher
- Ernest Shackleton
- Liv Boeree
- Gerry Wells, founded the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum to host his collection of over 1,300 vintage radio and television sets.
- Kate Ford, Actress