About Herne Hill: Local History

History Hear

This oral history project collects memories of life in Herne Hill, whether from long ago or more recently

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The Half Moon Remembered

An excerpt from an interview with Robert Harrison, former leaseholder (2006 to 2013) of the Half Moon pub, as told to Jason Tate

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‘Where does the name Herne Hill come from?’

Let’s be honest: no one really knows the origin of the name!

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‘The beginnings of Herne Hill’

For centuries there has been a road from Camberwell to the valley under Herne Hill

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‘The nineteenth century’

A further significant land purchase was in 1809 by the glass-maker John Blades of Ludgate Hill. He bought the estate that occupied land which was eventually to form the basis of Brockwell Park

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‘Towards modern times’

Regular horse-tram services had arrived in Herne Hill in 1884. Electrification and double-decker trams came in the early 1900s when the London County Council took over the service

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‘Herne Hill today’

Today, Herne Hill is a lively, vibrant and diverse community; and sought after as a place to live. It has excellent shops, bars, restaurants and parks - and its own Lido

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