The Local History Group answers a wide variety of enquiries from the general public. Here are some examples of recent queries. If you would like to follow up on any of these please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A query whether a painting by Stanhope Alexander Forbes (old Alleynian) was of the Dulwich Pond – answer no.
An unsolicited article on Zdenka Pokorna – Czech nationalist who lived in Dulwich. She is one to this year’s blue plaque list and we will feature in the next Journal.
We were asked to trace a grandfather whose death certificate gives an address in West Dulwich, which does not appear to exist.
Can we help contact old school friends from the 1980s in East Dulwich? 
We were sent further information on the people involved in the WW1 bombing at the Covered Courts.
A request from an architect on the history of Heber & Landcroft Roads to assist in naming a new house on Heber Road.
A request from a journalist on the New York Times asking for pictures to help illustrate an article on Pissarro in Dulwich. This was referred to the Southwark Local Studies Library.
Location and wording on the DS memorial bomb plaque in Woodvale.  

61 Overhill Rd from an enquirer in Canada about what is possibly a concrete house. A resident in Belvoir Rd has been researching concrete houses there by the builder Joseph Tall. Potentially others in Overhill and Idmiston Road (Gothic Lodge). 

Information on 10 Elsie Road
Where did actor Peter Cushing live in Dulwich as a boy – 10 Druce Road
Listed building query re old stables behind 4 Beauval Road
Occupiers of 103 Woodwarde Road
Occupiers of 143 Woodwarde Road
WW1 bombing raid on the Covered Courts
Birth of Cecil Sharp on Denmark Hill
J T Helby at Glengarriff, Half Moon Lane
Melford Road builders
The Van den Boks at 8 Crescent Wood Road
History of the Lordship Lane Estate
Morkyns Walk on Alleyn Park
Amalie Jencken of Dulwich Common
Michael Pope of St Peters on Thurlow Hill
Ivor Gustavus Cummngs