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Dulwich Area Guide

Dulwich School Image courtesy of Flickr user Herry Lawford

Dulwich is an area of South London that is situated mostly in the borough of Southwark, but with some of the southwest of the area falling in the borough of Lambeth. It consists of East Dulwich, West Dulwich and Dulwich Village, all which have their own unique character.

The area grew and developed over the centuries, and is indebted to Elizabethan actor and entrepreneur Edward Alleyn (founder of Alleyn's College of God's Gift, now known as Dulwich Estate), who constructed a school, chapel and alms houses in the village throughout the 17th century, all of which remain standing today. The village retains most of its original character as development there is controlled by the Dulwich Estate, which owns 1500 acres of the area.

Notable former residents of Dulwich include Lord Byron, who attended the school of Dr William Glennie in Dulwich Grove from 1799 to 1801.

Demographics

There is a variety of accommodation in Dulwich, but the majority is the Victorian terraced housing situated around Lordship Lane in East Dulwich, and the Edwardian semi detached housing located north of Dulwich Common. A number of the Victorian terraces have been converted into flats and apartments.

Over half of the population of Dulwich own their own homes either outright or with a mortgage or other loan, and range in age from 25 to 54.

Almost three quarters of the population are managers, directors or senior officials, or have professional or associate professional employment.

Education

There are five independent schools in Dulwich, including Dulwich College, Alleyn's School and James Allen's School for Girls, all of which are former constituent elements of the original Alleyn's College of God's Gift, founded in 1619.

Alleyn's School saw 100% of its GCSE pupils achieve A*- C grades last year while Dulwich College and James Allen's School for Girls pupils achieved 94% and 98% respectively.

Sydenham and Forest Hill School are the two nearest state maintained schools, and both were rated good in recent Ofsted inspections.

Transport

Sydenham Hill, West Dulwich, North Dulwich and Forest Hill rail stations are all easily accessible from throughout the area, and have good links to the capital. Dulwich does not, however, benefit from access to the underground.

The A205 South Circular runs laterally through the district and has links to the M4 in the west, but the majority of this road is single carriageway and is therefore often congested, considerably adding to journey times.

There are several bus routes that run through Dulwich, linking it to the centre of London and other parts of south London including Brixton, Peckham and New Cross.

Amenities and Shopping

Dulwich has a large variety of buildings with architectural interest, including the Dulwich Picture Gallery, which was established in 1817. It currently houses one of the country's finest collections of Old Masters.

Dulwich Park covers 29 hectares in the centre of Dulwich and is filled with historic features and facilities, such as a boating lake and several picnic spots.

The three parts of Dulwich are quite different, with Dulwich Village home to a limited variety of independent shops, gastropubs and restaurants. East Dulwich is altogether livelier, with a wide selection of bars and pubs (particularly along Lordship Lane) and a growing number of vintage clothing shops springing up along its side streets. West Dulwich has two main shopping streets, Croxted Road and Rosendale Road.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.