Brockley History Books

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FamLoc republishes out-of-print history books and makes them available to a new generation.
We are always looking for more Brockley history books we can display. Please contact us if you know of any, or maybe there are some we can re-publish.

Brockley was once part of the Parish of Deptford, and Nathan Dews’ History of Deptford, which we at FamLoc have re-published, contains much of the History of Brockley.
A Murder in Deptford is a historical novel closely based on events in nearby Deptford in 1905, events which made news around the world. We include it here because it is extremely well researched and has a great deal of local history information.

History of Deptford, by Nathan Dews

This book covers the old Parish of Deptford, which also included New Cross and part of Brockley. Originally published in 1884, this FamLoc edition has made changes to format and some punctuation, but the prose has been faithfully retained, other than changes to a handful of typographical errors and the very few instances where clarity was required.
Deptford is steeped in history, and this new edition of Dews’ History of Deptford is invaluable for family historians, local historians, as well as those with Deptford connections who wish to know more about the town and its surrounding area.

The following is an extract from Nathan Dews’ History of Deptford:

“King John, in the ninth year of his reign, confirmed the land at Brokele to the Abbot and Convent at Begham.
Edward III in 1329 granted them free-warren in their lands at Brokele.
The lands at Brockley continued with the monks until the dissolution of their abbey in 1526, when, being one of those smaller monasteries which Wolsey had obtained from the king for the endowment of his college at Oxford, it was settled by him on Cardinal College. Wolsey, being cast in a præmunire in 1529, all the estates of this foundation, both real and personal, were forfeited to the king and continued in the hands of the Crown till 1532, excepting such as were begged from time to time by the hungry courtiers, which were not a few.
That part of this estate, situated in the Parish of Deptford, was granted by Queen Elizabeth by letters patent in the 10th year of her reign, May 4th, by the description of the site and capital messuage of the Manor of Brockill, to Philip Conway but in 1608 it had again reverted to the Crown, where it seems to have remained till about the time of the Restoration, when the Manor Farm (or, as Hasted calls it in 1778, Hither, or Upper Brockley Farm) was vested in Sir John Cutler, Bart., who settled it, by deed in 1692, on Edmund Boulter, Esquire, who by will in 1767 left it to his brother William Boulter. In 1709 William Boulter made a settlement by which it passed to his grandson, Richard Wilkinson, and afterwards to William Wickham, Esquire, and Mary, his wife, sister to the said Richard Wilkinson. This, together with another considerable estate in the parish of St Nicholas, Deptford, were carried by Mary and Anne, daughters and co-heiresses of the Rev William Wickham, of Garsington, Oxfordshire, into the family of Drake, of Shardeloes, Amersham, Bucks.”

History of the Borough of Lewisham, by Leland L. Duncan

This book was first published in 1908, and covers the geographic area of what was then the Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham, formed in 1900, and includes Lewisham, Lee, Catford, Hither Green, Forest Hill, Bellingham, Rushey Green, Southend, Honor Oak, part of Blackheath, part of Brockley, and part of Sydenham. It is a history of those places, and not a history of the borough.
The book covers the history from ancient times up to 1908. It is rich in the origins of street names and places, and includes much information on churches, topography, notable events, people of influence, and much more. 73 excellent photographs and illustrations are included, making it invaluable for the local historian, family historian, and others with a connection to the places mentioned.
This FamLoc edition is a slight modification; there have been changes to format and some punctuation. However, the grammar and prose has been faithfully retained, other than changes to a handful of typographical errors and the very few instances where clarity was required.

Extract from History of the Borough of Lewisham concerning Brockley:

“A word must be said of the `Brockley Jack,’ once an old-world, wayside, wooden hostelry, which is said to have been frequented by Dick Turpin and other highwaymen, and, since in those days there was scarcely a house in Brockley Lane (as it was then called) from Stanstead (Stonystreet) Lane to New Cross, it must have been an ideal spot as a rendezvous. In the Enclosure Award of 1810 it is styled the “Brockley Castle,” and then stood on Brockley Green, which was enclosed by the Act of Parliament of that year.”

A Murder In Deptford

This is a historical novel closely based on events in Deptford, South-East London during March to May 1905. The prose structure allows multi-character viewpoint, consisting of thought as well as dialogue, and resembles that of a play, although it is to be read rather than performed. The reference notes throughout are an integral part of the novel, as are the appendices, giving important social history background information, especially that of the condition of the British working class during the late-Victorian and Edwardian periods.

Other Brockley History Books

We display some other books of interest, and also include the excellent Godfrey maps of Brockley, which show the streets, houses, public houses, etc., and have the bonus of having a Business Directory of the area on the reverse.

We are always looking for more Brockley history books we can display. Please contact us if you know of any, or maybe there are some we can re-publish.


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