14 Facts About Camberwell


Camberwell is a district of South London, England, in the London Borough of Southwark,.

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Camberwell was first a village associated with the church of St Giles and a common of which Goose Green is a remnant.

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Place now known as Camberwell covers a much smaller area than the ancient parish, and it is bound on the north by Walworth; on the south by East Dulwich and Herne Hill; to the west by Kennington; and on the east by Peckham.

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Up to the mid-19th century, Camberwell was visited by Londoners for its rural tranquillity and the reputed healing properties of its mineral springs.

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Camberwell Green is a very small area of common land; it was once a traditional village green on which was held an annual fair, of ancient origin, which rivalled that of Greenwich.

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In 1889 the board was replaced by the London County Council and Camberwell was removed administratively from Surrey to form part of the County of London.

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Camberwell Collegiate Schoolwas an independent school located on the eastern side of Camberwell Grove, directly opposite the Grove Chapel.

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Camberwell today is a mixture of relatively well preserved Georgian and 20th-century housing, including a number of tower blocks.

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Camberwell is home to one of London's largest teaching hospitals, King's College Hospital with associated medical school the Guy's King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine.

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Church of the Sacred Heart, Camberwell has been listed Grade II on the National Heritage List for England since 2015.

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Camberwell beauty is a butterfly which is rarely found in the UK – it is so named because two examples were first identified on Coldharbour Lane, Camberwell in 1748.

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Camberwell has several art galleries including Camberwell College of Arts, the South London Gallery and numerous smaller commercial art spaces.

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From Burton Road he went for long walks through nearby Camberwell, soaking up impressions of the way of life he saw emerging there.

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Camberwell is referred to in the film Withnail and I – "Camberwell carrot" is the name of the enormous spliff rolled using 12 rolling papers, by Danny the dealer.

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