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Origin of name

Herne Hill may have meant "hill by nook of land" or may have been named after the Herne family, residents in the area from the 17th Century.


Medieval Herne Hill

Herne Hill was part of the ancient manor of Milkwell.
Half Moon Inn opened at crossroads.


Georgian Herne Hill

1798 Early reference to Herne Hill in print.
Early C19 By now an affluent rural area with detached houses and large gardens.



1811-3 Brockwell Hall (DR Roper) built.


1823 John Ruskin moved with his family to 28 Herne Hill. It was demolished in the 1920s. There is a plaque in what is now No 26 Herne Hill.
1823 John Ruskin moved to 28 Herne Hill with his family. It was built in 1801 and demolished in the 1920s. There is a plaque in the garden of what is now No 26 Herne Hill.


Victorian Herne Hill

1844 Old St Pauls Church burnt down.
1851 John Ruskin moved to No 30 Herne Hill after his marriage. It was demolished in the 1920s.
1858 New St Pauls built.
1862 Herne Hill station opened on new London, Chatham and Dover line.



1867
St Saviour's, by AD Gough, built.
1881 London County Grounds (later Herne Hill Velodrome) opened with a track and a Grandstand. Photo of track in 1884 shown below



1891
78 acres of Brockwell Hall became Brockwell Park.
Many new roads finished and named between Herne Hill and Half Moon Lane.
Half Moon public house rebuilt.


Edwardian Herne Hill

1906 Carnegie Public Library (by H. Wakeford) opened.
1910 South London Botanical Institute opened at 323 Norwood Road
1913 Herne Hill Cinema opened (222 Railton Road ) Photo in c1921 shown below



1914 Actress Ida Lopino born in Ardbeg Road 


Pre-War Herne Hill

1920s
John Ruskin old houses No 28 and 30 Herne Hill demolished (replaced by 26-20 Herne Hill in C20 style).
1928 Actor Roddy McDowall
born in Herne Hill Road
1932
Herne Hill Cinema (222 Railton Road) renamed the Grand. Designed by George Coles
1936 Dorchester Court flats built in the modernist style
1937
Brockwell Lido opened.



WW2 & Herne Hill

1944 Herne Hill escaped lightly with only 5 V1s falling and no V2s


Post War Herne Hill

1948 Herne Hill Velodrome hosted London Olympic track events.



1953 Grand became Pullman Cinema (222 Railton Road)
1959 Pullman Cinema closed.
1974 First Lambeth Country Show at Brockwell Park.
1978 24 Sept: Sham 69 headed ANL Rally in Brockwell Park.
2007 Brockwell Lido restored. Out Of the Blue by Peter Bradley published.
First Urban Green Fair held at Brockwell Park.

 

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