Sydenham Hill Wood. Photo: Steve Grindlay
Welcome to Lewisham
- The highest number of parks and green spaces of any London borough.
- London’s largest free fireworks at Blackheath each year.
- The first borough to have a directly-elected Young Mayor.
- The UK’s only Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the Trinity Laban in Deptford, designed by Herzog and de Meuron.
- Home to the eternally popular Horniman Walrus, on display since 1901
Sydenham In the Media
- Recommended trades / shops / services etc
- Sydenham Assembly
- Sydenham Newsletters
- Safer Neighbourhood Team
- Our Lady and St Philip Neri RC Primary School
- St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School
- St Michael’s CE Primary School
- Sydenham Secondary School
- Sydenham High School
Sydenham started out 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 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 canal in 1801, and then the relocation of the Crystal Palace in 1852 (until it burnt down in 1936). Thanks to the exhibitions and concerts subsequently held in the Palace, Sydenham became a fashionable area to live and visit.
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