- Herne Hill
infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
official_name= Herne Hill
constituency_westminster= Dulwich and West Norwood
postcode_district = SE24
Herne Hill is located in the
London Borough of Lambethand the London Borough of Southwarkin Greater London. There is a road of the same name which is part of the A215.
The name Herne Hill initially appeared in 1798, when the area was farms and woodland. It has been suggested that it derives from previously being called "Heron's Hill", as the
River Effraattracted a large number of herons, but other explanations have also been suggested. [ [http://www.rich13.co.uk/hhs/index.php?page=s/3/index.html&PHPSESSID=b38d5416a4a159938b29b1d01e472569 Herne Hill Society - Herne Hill History] ]
Herne Hill is situated between the more well-known areas of Brixton and Dulwich, and shares characteristics with both. It also straddles two boroughs, and is a community of just under 12,000 people, with a range of independent shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Famous Herne Hill residents from history include
John Ruskinand the Lupino family, and actor Roddy McDowallwas born there.
The area is home to
Brockwell Park. On the top of the hill in Brockwell Park stands Brockwell Hall, which was built in 1831. The land surrounding it was opened to the public in 1891 after it was purchased by London County Council. Brockwell Park hosts the annual Lambeth Country Fair and was the site of London's Gay Pridefestival for several years in the 1990s. The park also houses Brockwell Lido, an open-air swimming pool built in 1937.
Situated in a park off Burbage Road, the
Herne Hill Velodromewas built in 1891, is the only remaining cycle racing track in London, and hosted the track cyclingevents in the 1948 Olympic Games. Unlike most modern, steeply-banked velodromes, it is a shallow concrete bowl. It also has a football pitch, and was home of Crystal Palace F.C.from 1915 until 1918.
The Grade II listed Half Moon Pub on Half Moon Lane has hosted a boxing gym for over 50 years, currently run by former British and European light welterweight champion
St Paul's church on Herne Hill was originally built by G Alexander in 1843-4, but dramatically rebuilt after a destructive fire by the gothic architect G E Street in 1858, and is now listed Grade II*.
The Carnegie Public Library on Herne Hill Road opened in 1906 and is also a listed Grade II building.
A Blue Plaque at 51 Herne Hill (by the junction with Danecroft Road) marks the former home of author
Sax Rohmer(a.k.a. Arthur Henry Ward), most famous as author of the series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu. Harriet Harmanlives in Herne Hill. There were two separate Fathers 4 Justiceprotests on the roof of her house in 2008.
Distance From Charing Cross
Herne Hill is approximately 4 miles south of Charing Cross
Brixton tube station
Herne Hill railway station
Loughborough Junction railway station
North Dulwich railway station
Tulse Hill railway station
West Dulwich railway station
Denmark Hill railway station
West Norwood railway station
* [http://www.hernehillsociety.org.uk The Herne Hill Society]
* [http://www.hernehillvelodrome.co.uk Herne Hill Velodrome]
* [http://www.ideal-homes.org.uk/lambeth/main/images-herne-hill.htm Old images of Herne Hill]
* [http://www.hernehillnews.net Herne Hill News and Message Board]
* [http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/LeisureCulture/Libraries/Carnegie.htm Carnegie Public Library]
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