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A Brief History of New Cross

A Brief History of New Cross

After the Roman administration and military left Britannia in the early 5th century, the population of London severely receded to just over 10,000 citizens by the early 11th century, down from 45,000…

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A Brief History of Deptford

A Brief History of Deptford

Right next to Depford DLR Station is the River Ravensbourne, an 11 mile river that steadily flows northward, draining into the Thames. The name “Ravensbourne” comes from a legend involving one of the…

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A Brief History of Greenwich

A Brief History of Greenwich

Old English-speaking chroniclers mention Greenwich three times, but using alternate spelling. In 916, they called it “Gronewic” and in 964, “Grenewic”. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of 1013, which tell…

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A Brief History of Peckham

A Brief History of Peckham

In the Domesday Book, the first Norman charter of England written in the late 1080s, chroniclers mention Peckham as “Pecheham”. Pecheham is believed to be an Anglo-Saxon word; “peche” meaning hill, and

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A Brief History of Lewisham

A Brief History of Lewisham

Once part of Kent, the area of Lewisham was first mentioned in a document written about the history of churches almost 1500 years ago. The document is the famous Ecclesiastical History of the English People, authored by Venerable Bede.

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A Brief History of Dulwich

A Brief History of Dulwich

First mentioned as “Dilewisc” in 967, the Anglo-Saxon chroniclers who named this area summed it up in succinct terms. “Dilewisc” means “dill fields” in Old-English, indicating the rural and agrarian character associated with the area at that time;

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A Brief History of Wandsworth

A Brief History of Wandsworth

Archeologists have found evidence of human farming settlements in Wandsworth that date back to at least Roman times, however, since no surviving Roman writings on Wandsworth exist, the first documents…

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