The Great Exhibition

In 2008 Great Exhibitions Ltd erected The Paxton Crystal Palace Corner on the site of the former Crystal Palace. It consists of two full-size Paxton designed cast-iron Crystal Palace window frames set at 90 degrees to each other. It is located on the hilltop of Crystal Palace Park in South London within the footprint of Paxton's 1854-1936 reconstruction of his original Hyde Park 1851 Great Exhibition Greenhouse. The company is intending to submit a planning application to extend the Corner in both directions using further Paxton designed Crystal Palace Parts. If you would like to be involved in this phase two of The Paxton Crystal Palace Reconstruction Project please contact John Greatrex via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel: 07528 685888

Croquet in Dulwich

The new croquet season is upon us and Dulwich Croquet Club has invited Dulwich Society members to sample the sport.

Croquet has developed enormously in the last 20 years, and is not the game you may think you know: the modern game is fast, engaging, tactical, aggressive, and very sociable. Dulwich Croquet Club is at the Dulwich Sports Club, off Burbage Road, just by the railway bridge. It has three lawns, one of which is used all year round, and a membership which includes many casual weekend players but also includes some of the best in the UK, with several ranked in the top 100, and one of whom is in the world top 20. The club's first team are - for the second year running - national champions, and every year the club collects trophies at club and individual level in competitions across the country. A number of its members were recently out in New Zealand and Cairo competing in the world championships and the women's world championships. The club claims to have the best bar in South London!

Dulwich Croquet Club has arranged two sessions for Dulwich Society members: Thursday 11th June at noon and Sunday 14th June at 1 p.m. Its website is

What’s in name?

Hillsboro Road, SE22
The road follows an old footpath connecting East Dulwich and the Village. It was also known as Hillsborough Road after Hillsborough House, a property in East Dulwich Grove. The builder of the first houses in the road, A S Cook, applied to the Metropolitan Board of Works for the street to be named with the shortened form of Hillsboro; this was approved on 1 August 1884 and appeared on the road signs. More recently these were amended to read Hillsborough. Recently, they have been replaced with ones bearing the original spelling.