Peckham, Surrey

Historical Description

Peckham, a metropolitan suburb, a parliamentary borough, containing five ecclesiastical parishes, in Camberwell parish, Surrey. The suburb lies southward of the Surrey Canal, 3 miles SSE of St Paul's; and has stations on the L.B. & S.C.R. and L.C. & D.R. It was once a mere hamlet, but gradually increased in size and importance, and during the 18th century it became famous for its annual fair, which was held on 21, 22, and 23 Aug., but becoming a nuisance it was abolished in 1827. Peckham is now mainly urban, with numerous good streets, but there are yet a few quaint, old-fashioned houses to be found in it which have histories extending back for about two centuries. It contains the Nunhead Cemetery and the Licensed Victuallers' Asylum. The latter was built in 1827 at a cost of £25,000, stands on a plot of 6 acres, and has accommodation for 126 inmates. Nell Gwynne occupied a house which stood near the canal basin, and the Duke of York, brother of Charles II., had a house in High Street. Peckham Rye, one of the " lungs" of London, has been recently enlarged. The population of the parliamentary division of Peckham is 83,483.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Surrey
Civil parish Camberwell
Hundred Brixton
Poor Law union Camberwell

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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CountyGreater London
Postal districtSE15
Post TownLondon