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The Herne Hill Society
Herne Hill, London SE24
Proud to live in SE24!
Interests: local history,publishing,planning,environment
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With a General Election either just behind us, it is a good time to cast a brief look at some perhaps lesser-known facts about Herne Hill’s electoral history. Today Herne Hill, however you define its precise boundaries, is all included in Dulwich and West Norwood, a constituency with an electorate of some 75,000 created in 1997. At the 2015 General Election 67% turned out to vote, in line with overall turnout for the whole of the UK. This is in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at The Herne Hill Society blog
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Jay Rayner is a novelist, journalist, musician and familiar figure on television (Masterchef, The One Show), as well as in and around Herne Hill. It would be difficult to mistake him for anyone else. A big man with big hair, he looks like someone who eats (and writes about it) for a living. You may see him in Dugards, where this little paperback is on sale, or in Mimosa, or even in Sainsbury’s. He is not shy, and his forthright... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at The Herne Hill Society blog
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This delightful memoir recalling Brockwell Park, in particular as it was in the 1930s and 40s, has long been out of print but has now been revised and will be republished by the Society on Wed 17 May. Author Jeffrey Rumble was born in 1931 and grew up in Herne Hill a “depression kid”, living for 45 years in the same house in Hawarden Grove off Rosendale Road until 1976, when his work took him out of Lambeth. Brockwell Park,... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at The Herne Hill Society blog
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The “noble art” of boxing has always held a special place in the history of sport. The sport today is linked to a set of rules, the Queensberry Rules introduced in 1867, that have come to stand for the ideal of fair play. Up to that time boxing was a much rougher business, often bare-knuckle fights with no limit to the number of rounds, not infrequently resulting in fatal injury. The law tried to distinguish between “sparring” which was thought... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at The Herne Hill Society blog
It is hoped that May 2018 (or more likely December 2018, that is 2019) will see dramatic improvements in Thameslink services through Herne Hill. This is because the construction of new through platforms at London Bridge will be complete; the full fleet of new trains will have been delivered (and will have drivers trained to use them) and the new signalling system between Blackfriars and King’s Cross will be operational. The service operator GTR is consulting the public on how... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at The Herne Hill Society blog
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The row of empty, shuttered shops at the end of Railton Road in Station Square, overdue for redevelopment by Network Rail, has been an eyesore this summer, and a magnet for graffiti and rubbish. The key issue causing delay in recent months seems to have been a dispute about the lease on the shop occupied by The Best Kebab. But that business has now relocated to premises just around the corner on Dulwich Road, so Network Rail have now (September... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at The Herne Hill Society blog
“Outrage” was a popular word in Victorian headlines and the context where it probably appeared most often was railway travel – more particularly the dangers for what our male ancestors liked to call the “weaker sex”. Countless journeys were made by women without incident so it is a mistake to think that compartments without connecting corridors, as was normal for trains of that era, were the frequent scene of impropriety – or worse. But “Outrage” readily drew the attention of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at The Herne Hill Society blog
Further progress has been made in the search for the early references to 'Herne Hill' as a place name. It is now possible to provide dated references thanks to a project by volunteers to index policy registers of the Sun Insurance Company in the London Metropolitan Archives. Two policies date from 1792 and are particularly interesting. The first of 30 April (no. 599651) records Thomas Smith, farmer, of “Hearne Hill, near Dulwich”, insuring his brick dwelling for £450, the contents... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at The Herne Hill Society blog
Do you want financial help with a project to help Herne Hill? If so, the Herne Hill Society may be able to help. We have decided to use some of our surplus funds to make small grants available to individuals or organisations. To qualify you need to demonstrate that your project will benefit Herne Hill. No grant will normally exceed £200, and you cannot apply for more than one grant in any calendar year. Applications are welcomed at any point... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at The Herne Hill Society blog
Neighbourhood planning can give communities the power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and influence the development of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops or offices, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at The Herne Hill Society blog
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What a wonderful addition to the great range of books on our local history of Dulwich and Herne Hill! This book is a fascinating read with a rich mix of primary research, gorgeous photos by John East, great images, engravings and maps from Lambeth Archives and Southwark Local Studies library and compelling accounts of the histories of the 40 hostelries featured by authors John Brunton, Laurence Marsh, Ian McInnes and John Walters. Not just an architectural history, this book explores... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at The Herne Hill Society blog
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The Herne Hill Society is made up almost exclusively of people who live in SE24. So we are as keen as anyone to conserve what is best about Herne Hill, and improve it for the benefit of all residents, traders and visitors. Indeed that's what we are here for. Recently, there have been a number of shop closures; and of course our oldest and biggest pub, the Half Moon (now an Asset of Public Value) is still closed. Fuller's now... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at The Herne Hill Society blog
This new local oral history project is now underway. You can listen to the first batch of interviews on SoundCloud. Our aim is to collect and share many more recollections of life in Herne Hill, such as celebrations and floods, whether from long ago or more recently. We are keen to find and interview people who have lived or worked here over a long period. And you do not have to have been born before 1945 to take part! 'History... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at The Herne Hill Society blog
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Under the 'Community Roadwatch' scheme, a new partnership programme between the Met Police and TfL, two PCSOs from Southwark's Safer Transport team joined me and Jeremy Leach, chair of the Southwark branch of 'Living Streets', on a monitoring and recording exercise on Herne Hill, which is in the 20 mph speed zone. At the junction with Holmdene Avenue, using a speed gun we monitored all vehicles travelling in a south-bound direction. In a two-hour period, more than 30 were recorded... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at The Herne Hill Society blog
Sheila Northover is the longest serving member of the Society’s Committee. She has served both as Secretary and as Chair and, since stepping down from the latter role two years ago, she has remained on the Committee as Minutes Secretary, while continuing to give us the benefit of her vast experience and knowledge of the Herne Hill community. Sheila did warn us a year ago that she would not serve beyond March 2016. Sheila has also continued to run the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at The Herne Hill Society blog
The Half Moon, Herne Hill's iconic pub, has been closed since the disastrous flood of August 2103. The current building dates from 1896, but the freehold has been owned by the Dulwich Estate for centuries. After the 2013 flood the licensee surrendered his lease. The Dulwich Estate wanted to re-open the pub, but as part of a scheme that would see new uses for the upper storeys. There were preliminary discussions with Southwark planners (and a short public consultation) about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at The Herne Hill Society blog
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Herne Hill's latest microbrewery opened on 28 August. The Bullfinch is located in Railway Arch 886, on Rosendale Road. Run by the very friendly and helpful Ben, it serves 14 keg and cask beers and well as a range of wines and spirits. Bottled beers will be available in time for Christmas. Bullfinch joins Canopy, the Florence and the Beerhive (Loughborough Junction) so Herne Hill now has four of these breweries, surely making us the microbrewery capital of south London,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2015 at The Herne Hill Society blog
Carol Boucher writes: Well, now we know. Lambeth has published its strategy for “Cultural Services by 2020”. It proposes closing Waterloo and Minet libraries, providing the statutory service through “town centre” libraries and no longer providing a service at Carnegie, Durning and Upper Norwood. Community groups are invited to bid to an Endowment Fund to run a community library in those buildings. Lambeth will, crucially, continue to provide stock, technical and professional back-up. None of this comes remotely as a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at The Herne Hill Society blog
Southwark Council has previously consulted on the introduction of a controlled parking zone (CPZ) in the North Dulwich Triangle – most recently in 2009, when residents narrowly rejected the idea. Since then, parking stress, particularly for those on the school or shopping run, has increased, especially since Lambeth Council extended the CPZ of their side of Herne Hill. Following a large volume of requests, Southwark Council has agreed to consult again. The area involved in the consultation and study is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at The Herne Hill Society blog
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There is no museum that records the diversity of Lambeth’s history. Such a museum was the dream of Charles Woolley (1846–1922), an accountant and businessman, but with a great range of other interests. Woolley was born in Clapham, lived for many years in Brixton and then made his home at 35 Dulwich Road (which he named ‘Verulam’) in Herne Hill, opposite St Jude’s Church. The history of the borough became a particular interest and he collected pottery made in Lambeth,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at The Herne Hill Society blog
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Here’s a good quiz question: which one-time resident of Herne Hill, born 150 years ago on 9 February 1865, married a man who had been married to the mother of a British prime minister? She was born Beatrice Stella Tanner in Kensington, the youngest of six children. Stella’s father was the son of a wealthy army contractor to the East India Company, her mother the daughter of an Italian count and political exile. It seems the family’s financial fortunes were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at The Herne Hill Society blog
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Although outside what could be considered as Herne Hill, the proposal for a major development at the so-called Higgs Triangle at Loughborough Junction is very much on its borders and therefore of concern to Herne Hill residents. The scheme is for a major residential development, providing almost 150 flats (57 of which would be “affordable”) as well as office and light industrial use, in five blocks ranging between five and 10 storeys. The site is bounded by railway lines on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at The Herne Hill Society blog
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Earlier this year we reported in the Society’s Magazine how Lambeth were no longer replacing street trees. The reason is not hard to find – the Council’s resources have been cut and they have other commitments that take higher priority. Street trees bring many benefits – better air quality, greater pride in our local environment that in turn encourages community well-being, a resource for wildlife, even enhanced house prices! To write them off as a low priority is to our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at The Herne Hill Society blog
The Safer Neighbourhood Panel for Village Ward welcomed Sergeant Ian Bartley, the new police representative on the panel. Sergeant Bartley was promoted from Westminster, where he had been working on intelligence and gang-related activity. A well-respected PCSO is leaving the ward, unfortunately, but on the flip-side the police will be gaining one and possibly two new PCs to carry out foot patrols. The most recent crime figures for Village Ward show a significant decrease in criminal damage (29%), robbery (42%),... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at The Herne Hill Society blog
Since May 2014, Lambeth has been the 'top' borough in London for violence against the person crimes, overtaking Westminster. For the year to July 2014, 7,937 crimes of this kind took place in Lambeth, up 17% on the previous year. The figures for Southwark were 6,911 (up 9%). Lambeth police have had success in tackling burglary and robbery, with the rates of both in Herne Hill decreasing significantly over the last year. Given the increasing problems with 'violence against the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at The Herne Hill Society blog