People around Britain have heard of Peckham through watching the comedy series Only Fools and Horses and because of the murder of Damilola Taylor. However, the vast majority of people who are aware of Peckham’s existence have no knowledge of its rich history. Many London residents do not know where Nunhead is, so have missed the pleasure of visiting its Victorian cemetery.

Though a large number of books have been written on the history of SE15, the approach of this book is new for Peckham and Nunhead. Not only is there a link between the two pictures on each page, an old one taken over the past century and a modern day view of the same spot, it is also possible to walk or cycle the route of the pictures at the top of the ninety pages.

The old photographs illustrate how SE15 has changed considerably during the last 100 years, from when the two villages were in the Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell, through the war years, up until 1965, when the London Borough of Southwark was formed. However, many of the features of Victorian Peckham and Nunhead still exist, if you know where to look, and this book shows that both areas ooze with fascinating history.

Published by Amberley Books £12.95

 

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