13 Facts About Peckham


Peckham is a district in southeast London, within the London Borough of Southwark.

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Peckham was originally part of the parish of Camberwell in Surrey, which became the Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell within the County of London in 1889.

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Peckham became popular as a wealthy residential area by the 16th century and there are several claims that Christopher Wren had local links.

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Peckham boasted extensive market gardens and orchards growing produce for the nearby markets of London.

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At the beginning of the 19th century, Peckham was synonymous with Peckham Rye: a "small, quiet, retired village surrounded by fields".

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Peckham's services expanded to cover much of London until his horses were requisitioned for the Army in the First World War.

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Southern end of Peckham was the location for the railway line that once served the Crystal Palace in Sydenham.

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The North Peckham Estate became one of the most deprived residential areas in Western Europe.

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Peckham was one of the areas where riots took place during the 2011 England riots.

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Peckham has never been an administrative district, or a single ecclesiastical parish in its own right, but it developed a strong sense of identity in the 19th century when Rye Lane was one of the most important shopping streets in south London.

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Peckham is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the UK.

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Peckham was the setting of the television sitcom Only Fools and Horses in its run as a regular series from 1981 to 1991, as well as Christmas specials until 2003.

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Peckham was home of the fictional character Rose Tyler, a former leading character in the British TV show Doctor Who.

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