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Prime Location Forest Hill Area Guide
Forest Hill is a district of the Lewisham borough, situated in southeast London between Dulwich and Sydenham. It takes its name from the hill on which it was built (one of the highest in London) and was originally part of the Great North Wood.
Sparsely populated until the 19th century, when the ill-fated Croydon Canal was built, failed, and sold for use as the course of the railway that is still in use today. The opening of Forest Hill Station (which was originally the Dartmouth Arms) helped with the development of the area, and the population increased accordingly. Home to the popular Horniman Museum, opened in 1901 amid a 16 acre park, Forrest Hill attracts visitors who come to see the museum’s internationally important collections of anthropology and natural history.
There is a wide range of architecture in Forest Hill with styles spanning the late 19th and 20th centuries. The majority of accommodation in Forest Hill is modest 2 or 3 bedroom terraced houses built to the east of the railway line, although many of these have also been converted to smaller flats and apartments. Two Art Deco style mansion blocks of flats are also situated at the top of Taymount Rise. A small number of larger detached houses are found to the northwest of Forest Hill Station.
The largest proportion of the population of Forest Hill ranges between the ages of 25 and 54 and are in full-time professional employment. For the most part, the inhabitants of Forest Hill are of British descent, and the majority have no dependent children. Most of the population either own their own home or are privately renting, although there are a number of Local Authority buildings on Windrush Lane south of Perry Vale.
The two main secondary schools in Forest Hill are Sydenham (girls’ school) which has 1434 pupils and Forest Hill (boys’ school) which has 1396 pupils. Both schools were rated ‘good’ in a recent Ofsted inspection.
The nearest independent school is St Dunstan’s College in Catford, where 100% of year 11 pupils achieved 5 A*- C grades at GCSE last year. The area has 9 state funded primary schools, two of which (Fairlawn Primary School and St William of York Catholic Primary School) were rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Forest Hill Railway Station has links to London Bridge, London Victoria, Caterham and the East London line, but the area does not benefit from access to the underground.
There are several bus services from Forest Hill Station, Upper Sydenham and the Horniman Museum that follow routes radiating out from the centre to most of the surrounding areas. The A205 South Circular Road also cuts through the district.
Amenities and shopping
Forest Hill has a good mix of local amenities, including Honor Oak Gallery, Forest Hill Library and the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
There is an excellent range of local shops and a small number of pubs including the Capitol (formerly the Capitol cinema and now a large JD Wetherspoons), and Blythe Hill Tavern on Stanstead Road, which was named the best pub in southeast London in 2011 and 2012 by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale). The area also has easy access to many parks and open spaces which make it one of London’s greenest and most tranquil suburbs.
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