Dulwich is rich in historical resources such as old maps, plans and photographs and you can trace the history of the area over time, using the census, electoral registers and other archive material. Here are some good places to start:
Southwark Archives, 211 Borough High Street, London SE1 1JA
tel: 020 7525 0232
website: Southwark Archives
Lambeth Archives, Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road, London SE5 9QY
tel: 020 7926 6076
website: Lambeth Archives
London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R OHB
tel: 020 7332 3820
website: London Metropolitan Archives
Dulwich maps from 1806 to 1932: Dulwich Estate Maps
Rocque, London and 10 miles round, 1741-5
Camberwell Tithe, 1837-8 in Southwark Archives
Camberwell 1842, Camberwell Society reprint of Dewhirst’s map, 1971
Stanford’s London 1862
Old Ordnance Survey maps in Southwark Archives
1939-45 LCC bomb damage maps: the London Metropolitan Archives
Dulwich 1809 Enclosure map: Southwark Archives and the Dulwich College Archive.
Southwark Archives and the London Metropolitan Archives.
Street naming and numbering
London County Council, List of streets, 1929, 1955 (and supplement to 1965) in Southwark Archives
A gazetteer of Dulwich roads and place names: Gazetteer of Dulwich
From 1856 in Southwark Archives and also at Southwark Council, 160 Tooley Street, SE1 2QH
Information about residents
Rentbooks, 17th – 19th centuries (incomplete) in the Dulwich College Archive
Ratebooks 18th – 20th centuries (incomplete) in Southwark Archives
Census returns in Southwark Archives and on commercial websites
Directories in Southwark Archives, the London Metropolitan Archives and on commercial websites
Electoral registers in Southwark Archives, the London Metropolitan Archives and on commercial websites
Dulwich Estate records
Records for the Dulwich Estate include manor court records, property leases, correspondence, minutes and architect plans.
Dulwich College Archive, Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD
tel: 020 8299 9201
website: Dulwich College Archives
The Dulwich Estate, The Old College, Gallery Road, London SE21 7AE
tel: 020 8299 1000
website: The Dulwich Estate
Some Relevant Publications
John Beasley, East Dulwich: an illustrated alphabetical guide (2nd ed 2008)
John Beasley, East Dulwich remembered (2002)
Mireille Galinou, The Dulwich Notebook (2015)
Brian Green, Christ's Chapel Dulwich (2013)
Brian Green, Dulwich: a history (2002)
Brian Green, The History of the Dulwich Almshouse 1616-2016 (2016)
Herne Hill Society, Herne Hill Heritage Trail (2013)
Liz Johnson, Dulwich Park (2005)
Ian McInnes et al, The Pubs of Dulwich and Herne Hill (2016)
Ian McInnes, Mid Century Oasis (2021)
Jan Piggott, Dulwich College (2008)
Jan Piggott & Nick Black, Dulwich 400 (2019)
Further afield, there are many London-wide or national records online. Here is a selection of digital resources together with useful guides to searching them.
The London Metropolitan Archives
London Lives covers 1690-1800 with 240,000 manuscripts.
Charles Booth's London poverty maps and original notebooks at the LSE.
The National Archives has 11 million records with many research guides.
Family Search has genealogical records and is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The National Library of Scotland has 230,000 old maps of Great Britain
British History Online
Find a Grave has worldwide data on graves, often with photos.
Find a Will covers 1858 onwards.
The British Newspaper Archive