Nunhead History Books

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History of the Parish of Camberwell, Vol. I, by William Harnett Blanch

First published in 1875 as “Ye Parish of Camerwell” (note the ancient spelling), History of the Parish of Camberwell, Vol. I includes Peckham, Nunhead, Dulwich, East Dulwich, part of Herne Hill, and of course Camberwell itself. This FamLoc edition has been amended slightly from the original. There has been the inevitable changes to format and structure, and the illustrations have been moved to coincide better with the text. The prose has been faithfully retained, other than changes to a handful of typographical errors and the very few instances where clarity was required.
The footnotes of the original have been incorporated into the new Notes chapter at the end of the book, the annotated text being underlined.
History of the Parish of Camberwell vol I contains more than 500 pages, and has a wealth of interesting facts and info, including the origins of the names of streets and places, geology, parochial history, churches and chapels, population, influential individuals and families, schools, transport, charities, and much more. It will be of great interest to local historians, family historians, and others with connections to Camberwell and its surrounding area.

History of the Parish of Camberwell, Vol. II, by William Harnett Blanch

This a republication of the 1875 “Ye Parish of Camerwell” (note the ancient spelling). The Parish of Camberwell was comprised of Dulwich, Peckham, Peckham Rye, Nunhead, part of Herne Hill, and of course Camberwell itself. It lay in the county of Surrey until 1889, when it became a borough in the County of London.
This FamLoc edition has been amended slightly from the original. There has been the inevitable changes to format, and the illustrations have been moved to coincide better with the text. Although some of the punctuation has been changed, 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.
History of the Parish of Camberwell vol II consists of 430 pages and 43 images. It includes chapters on public houses, buildings of the past, manorial history, local places and their associations, literary associations, and Dulwich College. It will be of great interest to local historians, family historians, and others with connections to the Camberwell district.

The extract below is from Ye History of Camberwell:

Nunhead is rapidly becoming a place of importance with a large population, and the head-quarters of various centres of industry, very different from the time when vil¬lage lads and lasses were wont to dance and romp on Nun Green, and when the ancient Nun’s Head, which has been an institution in the locality for more than 200 years, was an object of attraction, through its famous tea-gardens, to the worn-out citizen.
The Cemetery was the first undertaking of any note to disturb the tranquility of this snug retreat. It was consecrated by the Bishop of Winchester in 1840, and at present covers an area of nearly 50 acres. The Rev. J. B. Marriott is the present chaplain.

Other Nunhead History Books and Maps

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

See also our Peckham History Books and Camberwell History Books pages.

We are always looking for more Nunhead history books, and welcome suggestions.

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