Lewisham History Books

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FamLoc also republishes out-of-print local history books.

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.

The book 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 photographs and illustrations are included, making it invaluable for the local and family historian.
Below is an extract from History of the Borough of Lewisham:

Our knowledge of Lewisham when the manorial system was in full working order is derived from the early records of the Court of the Lord of the Manor and his Rent Rolls. Those which survive are in the Public Record Office, and no doubt became part of the public records when the manor came to the crown on the suppression of the alien priories. The Court Rolls preserved commence in 1284, the twelfth year of the reign of Edward I, and they cover parts of the reign of that king, of the reign of Edward II, a few years of Edward III, and part of the reign of Henry V. They thus give us a series of peeps at Lewisham for a period of 140 years, and enable us to see something of the life and local government of the place. Incidentally they throw much light on the place names of the parish, so familiar to us to-day that it comes somewhat as a surprise to find how ancient some of them are. Could a Lewisham man of the 14th century revisit the old scenes he would truly recognise nothing, but were he spoken to of Brockley, Stumps Hill, Court Hill, Eastdown, Sydenham, Catford, Shroffold, and other places within the borough, he would soon feel that he was on familiar soil, for the names were as much household words to him as they are to us in the 20th century.

We are always looking for more Lewisham History Books, and welcome suggestions.

More Lewisham History Books and Maps

We include several Lewisham history books in our display. We also include the excellent Godfrey maps of Lewisham, which show the streets, houses, public houses, etc., and have the bonus of having a Business Directory of the area on the reverse.

We welcome suggestion for including other Lewisham history books.


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