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Sydenham is a South London suburb in the London Boroughs of London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Bromley and London Borough of Southwark. Sydenham was located in Kent until 1889 when the County of London was formed, additionally, in 1965 Sydenham became part of the current London Boroughs. The area was one of the first in Southern England to have a Sydenham railway station, London, opening 1839 by the London and Croydon Railway. Sydenham is the location where the Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition was relocated in 1854. Today Sydenham is a diverse suburb and as of the 2011 census, the population of Sydenham was 28,378 Accessed 29 July 2013

History

Sydenham began as a small settlement, a few cottages among the woods, whose inhabitants grazed their animals and collected wood. In the 1640s, springs of water in what is now in Sydenham Wells Park were discovered to have medicinal properties, attracting crowds of people to the area. Sydenham grew rapidly in the 19th century after the introduction of the Croydon Canal in 1809 which linked the Grand Surrey Canal to Croydon and a reservoir (water) was constructed in Sydenham. However, the canal was never successful and closed in 1836 resulting in it being the first canal to be abandoned by an Act of Parliament. The London & Croydon Railway purchased the canal for £40,250 and quickly converted the alignment for a railway from London Bridge station to West Croydon station, opening in 1839. After the railway opened potential gas companies began to consider the Sydenham area with the Crystal Palace and District Gas Company having works at Bell Green, which continued production until 1969; a retail park now occupies most of the site.



In 1851 the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park was housed in an immense glass building, called the Crystal Palace. In 1854 the building was bought by a private company, dismantled and re-erected in Sydenham Park (now called Crystal Palace Park). Exhibitions, concerts, conferences and sporting events were held at the Crystal Palace (until it burned down in 1936), and Sydenham became a fashionable area; many new houses were built. In 1872, the Children's Hospital, Sydenham opened, closing in 1991, its services are now part of the University Hospital Lewisham.

A former railway station, Upper Sydenham railway station opened in 1884 and closed in 1954, with temporary closings in between. The station opened by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway had direct trains to Crystal Palace and London Victoria. The station and the line was poorly used despite new houses being built in the area as passengers preferred to use other stations near-by Sydenham Hill railway station (opening in 1863), Crystal Palace railway station and Sydenham which were on more direct routes. The ill fate of the Crystal Palace in 1936 saw patronage reduced and the route finally closed in 1954.

Sydenham was attacked by enemies during the World War II. The gas works were a target, but were never damaged. The railway which ran through Upper Sydenham station was damaged, and some homes in the area were destroyed. Sydenham is a South London suburb in the London Boroughs of London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Bromley and London Borough of Southwark. Sydenham was located in Kent until 1889 when the County of London was formed, additionally, in 1965 Sydenham became part of the current London Boroughs. The area was one of the first in Southern England to have a Sydenham railway station, London, opening 1839 by the London and Croydon Railway. Sydenham is the location where the Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition was relocated in 1854. Today Sydenham is a diverse suburb and as of the 2011 census, the population of Sydenham was 28,378 Accessed 29 July 2013

Local area

Sydenham is divided into many localities:

'''Sydenham Hill''' in the Boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark runs alongside Dulwich and Sydenham Woods on one of the highest points of Greater London being 112 meters above sea level. Retrieved 9 June 2013 From here, the City of London skyline is visible. Sydenham Hill has an abandoned railway tunnel from the Crystal Palace and South London Junction Railway located within the Woods. Another railway tunnel (one of the longest in Britain being 1,958 meters) goes beneath on the Chatham Main Line with station at the London end serving both Sydenham Hill and the College area of Dulwich.

'''Upper Sydenham''' is also located on Sydenham Hill and apart of the Parish of St Bartholomew. Its diverse both racially and in terms of income; recently branded as ''Kirkdale Village'' Upper Sydenham has a small range of shops including Costcutter, Tesco Express, local pubs and off-licences. Both Sydenham School and Sydenham Police Station are located on Dartmouth Road with Forest Hill Library alongside Thorpewood Avenue. Green Flag awarded Sydenham Wells Park, the location of the once famous Springs is one of the largest parks within the postcode. Upper Sydenham is also the location for the Sydenham Park allotments, the Sydenham electricity sub station which had major fire in 2008 Retrieved 9 June 2013 and the Sydenham Hill estate.

'''Lower Sydenham & Bell Green''' is the location of Sydenham Community Library which was recently reopened by the local community after Lewisham council closed it. The Bell Green regeneration project is in its second phase with a retail park opening in 2013 on the site which was formally a gas works. A Currys, B&Q Currys: Sydenham Store] Accessed 30 July 2013 Accessed 7 September 2013 Toys "R" Us, Pets at Home and Sports Direct have opened. Next plc, and McDonald's are also expected to take some floor space. Retrieved 9 June 2013. Sainsbury's had already opened its large store on one part of the site in the 1990s as part of the Savacentre brand, additionally new residential apartments have also been constructed. The Bridge Leisure Centre is located on Kangley Bridge Road and Mayow Park is on the border with Forest Hill, London. Alongside the Hayes Line and station, Lower Sydenham industrial estate houses the Clarkes of London coach company, City Link (company) Beckenham and many other businesses as well as the Beckenham and Sydenham Cricket Ground.

Commercial area
Sydenham Road ''also known as Sydenham High Street'' houses many independent stores including bookshops, off-licences and a bakery. Chain stores include The Co-operative Food, Subway (restaurant), Lidl, Tesco Express and Superdrug. For banking, Barclays, National Westminster Bank, Lloyds Bank and Santander Group all have branches here. The Post Office Ltd, Ladbrookes and Mercedes-Benz Accessed 30 July 2013 all have units on Sydenham Road.

Community

Sydenham has a very active community, with several groups concerning the local area. Sydenham Town is the local website for the suburb, where residents can also voice there opinions in an on-line form. Accessed 30 July 2013 The Sydenham Society is a Civil society formed in 1972 to represent the local community, holds local events, works with organisations and authorities as well as campaigning for improvements to the area. Accessed 30 July 2013 Green Flag and Mayor of London Award winner, Sydenham Garden, was formed in 2002 is a charity which is involved in improving the health of residents in the boroughs of Bromley and Lewisham. Accessed 30 July 2013

Sydenham with Forest Hill, London won a bid for the national ''Mary Portas'' competition which provided a grant to improve high streets, extra money was provided from Lewisham Council and private developers. 25 July 2012, Accessed 30 July 2013 Annually every summer, the Sydenham Arts Festival is held, where there are workshops, music, family actives etc. Accessed 30 July 2013

Conservation areas

Sydenham has seven Conservation Area (United Kingdom): Cobbs Corner, Dulwich Village (covering Crescent Wood Road), Accessed 30 July 2013 Halifax Street, Sydenham Hill/Kirkdale, Sydenham Park and Sydenham Thorpes, Sydenham has the highest concentration of conservation areas in the London Borough of LewishamAccessed 30 July 2013

Recreation

A number of parks are within the Sydenham postcode. Mayow Park, Lewisham's oldest municipal park Accessed 12 June 2013 and Sydenham Wells Park Accessed 12 June 2013 are both Green Flag Awarded. Other open spaces in Sydenham include Alexandra Recreation Ground, Accessed 27 July 2013 Baxters Field, Accessed 12 June 2013 Home Park Accessed 12 June 2013 and Kirkdale Green. Accessed 27 July 2013 Riverview Walk is a nature conservation area Accessed 12 June 2013 which runs along the River Ravensbourne from Catford. Additionally, located along the borders of Sydenham, there are Crystal Palace Park, Dulwich Woods, Southend Park Accessed 12 June 2013 and Sydenham Hill Woods.

Notable buildings and structures



* Sydenham is the home of , (1827–1832), at the end of Lawrie Park Avenue, featured in Camille Pissarro's painting of 1871. The building was designed by Lewis Vulliamy.
* (1936), by Frederick Gibberd, pioneering modernist development of residential flats on the estate on Lawrie Park Road adjacent to the famous Crystal Palace Park.
* Six Pillars, (1934–35), by Berthold Lubetkin, on Crescent Wood Road, a villa strongly in the spirit of Le Corbusier with eponymous six pillars at street level.
* Cobbs Corner, takes its name from a draper’s shop at 291-307 Kirkdale run by Walter Cobb. The shop grew into a large department store catering to the gentry of the area. Interesting imposing dome where you can find the date on the building.
* 180 and 182 Kirkdale, built in the 1850s in Gothic style, with Tudor doorcases.
* 168–178 Kirkdale, three pairs of Italianate houses built around 1862. Number 174 was briefly the home of the conductor August Manns.
* Memorial to Queen Victoria, (1897) baroque-style memorial celebrating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Restored for Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee and designed by Alexander Hennell, a Sydenham resident and architect.
* Jews Walk, it is believed that a wealthy Jewish resident planted a row of trees to define the boundary of his walk from the Common. Numbers 2,4 and 6 are classical villas dating from the 1840s. Karl Marx's daughter Eleanor Marx lived on Jews Walk. On 9 September 2008 a blue English Heritage plaque was placed on the house to commemorate this fact.
* Halifax Street, beautifully preserved street with houses dating from the 1840s. Of notice are in particular the closeness of the houses, the length of the street and the size of the gardens.
* The Kirkdale Building, previously the Sydenham Public Lecture Hall, it was built in 1861 by Sydenham resident Henry Dawson. Sydenham is a South London suburb in the London Boroughs of London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Bromley and London Borough of Southwark. Sydenham was located in Kent until 1889 when the County of London was formed, additionally, in 1965 Sydenham became part of the current London Boroughs. The area was one of the first in Southern England to have a Sydenham railway station, London, opening 1839 by the London and Croydon Railway. Sydenham is the location where the Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition was relocated in 1854. Today Sydenham is a diverse suburb and as of the 2011 census, the population of Sydenham was 28,378 Accessed 29 July 2013

Education

Sydenham has a good education rating, with no schools considered failing by Ofsted. Sydenham contains two secondary schools, Sydenham High School which is a private school and Sydenham School. Both of these schools are exclusively girls' schools.

There are primary schools in Sydenham, five are non religious schools: (Alexandra, Adamsrill, Eliot Bank, Haseltine and Kelvin Grove) and three religious schools St. Michael's, St Philip Neri Roman Catholic Primary School and St. Bartholomew's Church of England. The former includes children of other faiths. Nearby to Sydenham are secondary schools which include residents of Sydenham in their catchment area. These include Forest Hill School, Harris Crystal Palace, Harris Beckenham (Cator Park) for Girls and Sedgehill School Schools. There are no colleges in Sydenham, however there is a joint sixth form with Sydenham and Forest Hill schools. Sydenham is a South London suburb in the London Boroughs of London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Bromley and London Borough of Southwark. Sydenham was located in Kent until 1889 when the County of London was formed, additionally, in 1965 Sydenham became part of the current London Boroughs. The area was one of the first in Southern England to have a Sydenham railway station, London, opening 1839 by the London and Croydon Railway. Sydenham is the location where the Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition was relocated in 1854. Today Sydenham is a diverse suburb and as of the 2011 census, the population of Sydenham was 28,378 Accessed 29 July 2013

Population

According to the 2011 census, the SE26 postcode area had a population of 28,378

Famous residents

*John Logie Baird — the inventor of the television
*Thomas Campbell (poet) — poet
*Connie Fisher — singer and actress, winner of the BBC TV program "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?"
*Denis Gifford — comics and film historian
*Wilfrid de Glehn — painter, was born in Sydenham
*W. G. Grace — England's greatest cricketer
*George Grove — of musical dictionary fame
*Rolf Harris — was a key figure in the Sydenham Society
*Norman Hunter (author) — writer and creator of ''Professor Branestawm''
*Shivani Kapoor — Indian model, cousin of famous Bollywood sister actresses Karisma & Kareena Kapoor
*Linda Ludgrove — Commonwealth gold medallist swimmer
*Eleanor Marx — daughter of Karl Marx
*John Scott Russell — naval architect who built the SS Great Eastern
*Cicely Saunders — founder of the modern hospice movement
*Ernest Shackleton — the Antarctic explorer
*Jason Statham — film actor
*David Wiffen — Canadian singer/songwriter was born in Sydenham in 1942
*Bill Wyman — member of The Rolling Stones, grew up in Sydenham
*Tsakane Valentine Maswanganyi — Opera singer, she first came to public notice as a member of the world-famous opera band Amici Forever
*Lionel Logue CVO, an Australian speech therapist and stage actor who successfully treated, among others, King George VI. He lived in a villa named Beechgrove from 1933-1940
* Flora Klickmann — editor of the Girls Own Paper from 1908 to 1931
*Richard Jefferies, the naturalist and author, lived at 20 Sydenham Park (a Blue Plaque indicates the house) Sydenham is a South London suburb in the London Boroughs of London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Bromley and London Borough of Southwark. Sydenham was located in Kent until 1889 when the County of London was formed, additionally, in 1965 Sydenham became part of the current London Boroughs. The area was one of the first in Southern England to have a Sydenham railway station, London, opening 1839 by the London and Croydon Railway. Sydenham is the location where the Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition was relocated in 1854. Today Sydenham is a diverse suburb and as of the 2011 census, the population of Sydenham was 28,378 Accessed 29 July 2013

Transport

Sydenham is served by National Rail and London Buses for its public transport. Sydenham is located in Travelcard Zones 3 and 4.

Railway stations
*'''Sydenham railway station (London)''' for London Overground and Southern (train operating company) services to London Bridge station, London Victoria station, East Croydon station & West Croydon station, , , and Highbury & Islington station. This is the busiest station, with up to 12 trains per hour off peak and a usage of 2.9 million passengers in 2012 Accessed 30 July 2013
*'''''' and '''''' stations for Southeastern (train operating company) services to London Victoria, , and .
*'''''' station also is served by Southeastern but with services to London Charing Cross station, , , London Bridge, and .

Buses
The area is served by routes London Buses route 75, 122, London Buses route 176, 181, London Buses route 194, London Buses route 197, 202, 227, 352, London Buses route 356, 363, 450 and List of night buses in London#N63 linking Sydenham to Central London, Lewisham, Catford, Croydon, Bromley, Shirley, London, Elephant & Castle, Blackheath, London and Grove Park, Lewisham. Accessed 30 July 2013 Accessed 30 July 2013 Accessed 30 July 2013 Accessed 30 July 2013

Roads
The South Circular Road passes close by in Forest Hill. High Street improvements are being funded by Transport for London from September 2012 are making the increasingly busy A212 road more user friendly. So far, Kirkdale to Mayow Road has been completed, with Mayow Road to Kent House Road currently, as of December 2013, being upgraded. The Kent House Road to Bell Green section is still waiting for funding to be found. Accessed 12 June 2013 Sydenham is a South London suburb in the London Boroughs of London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Bromley and London Borough of Southwark. Sydenham was located in Kent until 1889 when the County of London was formed, additionally, in 1965 Sydenham became part of the current London Boroughs. The area was one of the first in Southern England to have a Sydenham railway station, London, opening 1839 by the London and Croydon Railway. Sydenham is the location where the Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition was relocated in 1854. Today Sydenham is a diverse suburb and as of the 2011 census, the population of Sydenham was 28,378 Accessed 29 July 2013

Geography

Sydenham is approximately 7 miles to the south east of Charing Cross.

Climate
The nearest Met Office climate station is based in Greenwich Park:



Location
{{Geographic location
|title = '''Districts closest to Sydenham'''
|Centre = Sydenham
|North = Forest Hill, London, Perry Vale
|Northeast = Catford, Lewisham
|East = Bellingham, London, Southend, London
|Southeast = Beckenham, Bromley
|South = Penge, Croydon
|Southwest = Upper Norwood, Anerley
|West = Crystal Palace, London
|Northwest = Dulwich
}} Sydenham is a South London suburb in the London Boroughs of London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Bromley and London Borough of Southwark. Sydenham was located in Kent until 1889 when the County of London was formed, additionally, in 1965 Sydenham became part of the current London Boroughs. The area was one of the first in Southern England to have a Sydenham railway station, London, opening 1839 by the London and Croydon Railway. Sydenham is the location where the Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition was relocated in 1854. Today Sydenham is a diverse suburb and as of the 2011 census, the population of Sydenham was 28,378 Accessed 29 July 2013

Trivia

The Beast of Sydenham of 2005, was a large, panther-like black animal, named Arak, which had been spotted around the area, and attacked a man. The beast was said to be 6 ft in length and 3 ft in height. Sydenham is a South London suburb in the London Boroughs of London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Bromley and London Borough of Southwark. Sydenham was located in Kent until 1889 when the County of London was formed, additionally, in 1965 Sydenham became part of the current London Boroughs. The area was one of the first in Southern England to have a Sydenham railway station, London, opening 1839 by the London and Croydon Railway. Sydenham is the location where the Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition was relocated in 1854. Today Sydenham is a diverse suburb and as of the 2011 census, the population of Sydenham was 28,378 Accessed 29 July 2013

See also

*Sydenham School
*Sydenham High School
*Sydenham, New South Wales named after Sydenham, London
*The Crystal Palace Sydenham is a South London suburb in the London Boroughs of London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Bromley and London Borough of Southwark. Sydenham was located in Kent until 1889 when the County of London was formed, additionally, in 1965 Sydenham became part of the current London Boroughs. The area was one of the first in Southern England to have a Sydenham railway station, London, opening 1839 by the London and Croydon Railway. Sydenham is the location where the Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition was relocated in 1854. Today Sydenham is a diverse suburb and as of the 2011 census, the population of Sydenham was 28,378 Accessed 29 July 2013

References

Sydenham is a South London suburb in the London Boroughs of London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Bromley and London Borough of Southwark. Sydenham was located in Kent until 1889 when the County of London was formed, additionally, in 1965 Sydenham became part of the current London Boroughs. The area was one of the first in Southern England to have a Sydenham railway station, London, opening 1839 by the London and Croydon Railway. Sydenham is the location where the Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition was relocated in 1854. Today Sydenham is a diverse suburb and as of the 2011 census, the population of Sydenham was 28,378 Accessed 29 July 2013

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