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Excellent new book on Sydenham amd Forest Hill

Postby Robin Orton » 1 Dec 2014 22:52

I went to the launch of Steve Grindlay's book Sydenham and Forest Hill Through Time (Stroud, Gloucestershire: Amberley Publishing, 2014) at the Kirkdale Bookshop on Saturday. I thoroughly recommend it - a great Xmas present for anyone who lives in this part of London. It's a series of 'then and now' pictures and photographs, but with an absolutely fascinating commentary which provides lots of information about the history of our area, much of which I doubt has appeared in print before.
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Re: Excellent new book on Sydenham amd Forest Hill

Postby Eagle » 13 Dec 2014 11:23

I agree excellent book with many pictures that have brought back memories. Especially Venner and Devonshire Road's.

Picture of Venner had zero cars. How much nicer than today's excuse for a carpark.

Well done Steve.

Hope everyone on this Forum purchases a copy.
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Re: Excellent new book on Sydenham amd Forest Hill

Postby Manwithaview1 » 13 Dec 2014 19:16

I bought a copy of the book covering the history of the railway Crystal Palace (High Level) to Nunhead, which is an excellent read
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Re: Excellent new book on Sydenham amd Forest Hill

Postby Eagle » 13 Dec 2014 19:46

Yes I think I have seen this book. I remember the bridge or think i do ) over the SC , in the 50's , when the line went along the bottom of Horniman Gardens.

It would be great if line still there. Of course this line had the Upper Level CP Station , which was the Royal entrance to the Palace , with tunnel under the parade.
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Re: Excellent new book on Sydenham amd Forest Hill

Postby Ntw » 6 Dec 2017 13:24

Though I I'd post this here as vaguely relevant

I also have the High level line book by John Gale and have been fascinated with this line and the surrounding area. Many pictures of the High level station show a large Victorian house above the Paxton tunnel entrance. I couldn't find any information on this house until today when I received my copy of the High level and Catford loop line by Keith Smith.

It mentions that the house was called 'The Knoll' and was owned by a Lady Elizabeth Hamilton. However, further searches on Google using this information does not reveal more.

Does anyone have more information on this and pictures from the road or other angles?

Thank you

Nigel
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Re: Excellent new book on Sydenham amd Forest Hill

Postby syd-gal » 6 Dec 2017 17:09

I don't suppose Lady Hamilton had any connection with Hamilton Lodge at 36 Honor Oak Rd? That is a lovely old building.
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Re: Excellent new book on Sydenham amd Forest Hill

Postby Ntw » 8 Dec 2017 12:20

I researched Hamilton Lodge and it was built along with Havelock House by the owner of now demolished Tewkesbury Lodge (Herbert Charles Beyer) for his children, at the edge of his grounds.

There was an impressive folly in the grounds of Tewkesbury Lodge which amazingly survives in the garden of a house at 23 Liphook Crescent.
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Re: Excellent new book on Sydenham amd Forest Hill

Postby syd-gal » 8 Dec 2017 19:19

Interesting..........thanks Nigel.
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