southlondonguide.co.uk the definitive guide to South East & South West London
Forest Hill Guide  
SLG Home
Home History Information Property Advertise
SL Districts Welcome to Forest Hill history  
Abbey Wood
Anerley & Penge
Beckenham
Bermondsey
Bexley
Blackheath
Borough
Brixton
Brockley
Bromley
Camberwell
Catford
Charlton
Croydon
Crystal Palace
Deptford
Dulwich Village
East Dulwich
Elephant and Castle
Eltham
Forest Hill
Greenwich
Herne Hill
Kennington
Lee
Lewisham
New Cross
Old Kent Road
Peckham
Rotherhithe
Southbank
Sydenham
Walworth
West Norwood
Woolwich


Forest Hill named from extensive woodland formerly covering the area. Part of Lewisham parish, bordered Great North Wood and Westwood Common (into Sydenham).


Tudor Forest Hill

1602 Queen Elizabeth I visited Sir Richard Bulkeley at Sydmonscourt. Tradition has it that she lunched under the shade of an oak on the hill known as One Tree Hill between Forest Hill and Brockley.


Georgian Forest Hill

1790-1810 Georgian villas built in Forest Hill: Hill House, White House and Ashberry Cottage.
1809 Croydon Canal built through Forest Hill.



1836 Railway built on old Croydon Canal, led to development of Forest Hill.


Victorian Forest Hill

1839 View from Dartmouth Arms



1845-8
Railway used Oatmospheric pressure traction with 4 steam pumping engines at Dartmouth Arms (Forest Hill) station.
1854 New railway station opened.
1883 Forest Hill station rebuilt.
1890 Frederick J. Horniman established a general collection at Surrey House from his travels.
1898 Surrey House demolished to make way for new Horniman Museum.


Modern Forest Hill

c1900
Colour-tinted postcard of Forest Hill



1901
Horniman Museum (by C Harrison Townsend in Art Nouveau style) opened.
Presented to London County Council along with 21 acres of park and gardens.



1902 Fire Station built in Perry Vale.


Prewar Forest Hill

1929 Capitol Cinema (by John Stanley Beard) opened on London Road 11-15) in Neo-Classical style
1935 Taymount Grange modernist flats by George Bertram Carter built.



1936 Fox Croft modernist flats by Arnold Andre Higuer built
1944 Forest Hill station damaged by flying bomb

Post war Forest Hill

1964 Rolling Stones played at Glenlea Hall, Perry Vale.
1968 Capitol Cinema renamed ABC
1972 New Forest Hill station built.
1973 ABC closed down.
1978 Cinema became a bingo hall
Only Ones group (leader based in Forest Hill)
1996 Bingo Hall closed
2001 Capitol re-opened asa Weatherspoon pub


Booklist:

Forest Hill and Sydenham - Adrian Prockter (1987 London Reference Books)
Retracing Canals To Croydon and Camberwell (1986 Living History Publications)
London and Croydon Railway - Adrian Prockter (1989 London Reference Books)
Sydenham and Forest Hill - John Coulter (1999 Historical Publications)

 

 

Dulwich Design
(c) South London Guide 2012