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History of Forest Hill

  • council: Lewisham
  • phone code: 020
  • postcode area: SE23
  • county: Greater London

"High and healthy" was how Forest Hill was described in the 1930s. Forest Hill is one of the highest hills in London with spectacular views towards central London and the North Downs .

Originally part of the Great North Wood, providing timber for the great dockyards at nearby Deptford, until the mid 19th century Forest Hill was sparsely inhabited with charcoal burners and woodsmen.

Forest Hill Today
Forest Hill is bordered by Sydenham, Crystal Palace , Dulwich and Brockley, and is a charming "up and coming" London village (population 16,368) located in the Borough of Lewisham in Southeast London .

Forest Hill is approximately six miles from Central London with excellent public transport links, schools, parks, shops and restaurants. The town centre is home to 169 small, predominately independently owned businesses offering a wide range of convenience and comparison goods and services. The town centre benefits from an active traders association and a town centre management programme.

Lewisham Borough's famous residents, past and present
Danny Baker (Broadcaster)
Kate Bush (singer/song-writer)
James Callaghan (Labour Prime Minister)
Sir James Clark-Ross (polar explorer)
"Big" Jim Connell (socialist)
Ernest Dowson (poet)
Alfred "Titch" Freeman (cricketer)
Gabrielle (singer/song-writer)
Sir Isaac Hayward (politician)
Glenda Jackson MP (politician & actress)
David Jones (painter & poet)
Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen (TV presenter)
Spike Milligan (comedian & writer)
Mica Paris (singer/song-writer)
Sybil Pheonix MBE (community worker)
Doris Stokes (medium)
Terry Waite (Archbishop's Envoy)
Max Wall (comedian)
Ian Wright (footballer)

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