Area Guide - Buying Properties in Brockley

Description

Brockley has some of London's best preserved Victorian architecture ranging from grand villas to cottages and pubs. It benefits from the artistic influence of students and alumni of Camberwell College of Art and Goldsmiths College and this has resulted in festivals and exhibitions including the annual Open Studio days.
Transport to central London makes it attractive to commuters and the schools, open spaces, and spacious houses are good for families.  The Saturday Farmers Market and the many cafes add to the vibrant atmosphere.
 

History

The name could be derived from 'broc' which is a Saxon word for a badger or possibly from 'brook' or small river.  There was a village in the vicinity of the present Brockley Jack pub and the pub was renowned as a sanctuary for highwaymen. Brockley was primarily rural (famous for rhubarb!) until the coming of the railway and the associated Victorian building boom.  The Croydon Canal was developed in 1809 and this was followed by the railway with Brockley station opening in 1871.  The 1850s saw the beginning of the construction of grand villas and also some workers' cottages.  Many are preserved in the conservation area through immigration in the 1940s and 50s led to many of the larger houses being divided into flats.

Leisure & Amenities

Places to go and things to do:

  • Open Studios
  • Brockley Farmers Market
  • Brockley Jack Theatre
  • Lewisham Arthouse

Active Life:

  • Rivoli Ballroom
  • Hilly Fields Park
  • Blythe Hill Park

Eating and drinking ideas:

  • Brockley Jack pub
  • London Beer Dispensary
  • Jam Circus - Cafe
  • Babur - Indian restaurant


Transport

  • Brockley station serves the London Overground and Southern trains
  • Bus routes go north to central London and to other areas in south London.
 
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