Herne Hill Heritage Trail

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Cover of Herne Hill Heritage Trail book

Did you know that Herne Hill has (or had)...

* one of the earliest purpose-built cinemas, opened in 1913?
* its own motor industry?
* a building that was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize?
* the 1936 Nobel Laureate for Medicine?
* the last functioning venue from the 1948 Olympics?
* a huge elm with a trunk more than 10 metres in diameter?
* a pub that brews its own beer?
* an Art Deco-era Lido and the finest Art Deco house in South London?
* a thriving indoor bowling and croquet club?
* its own medical miracle woman, complete with stigmata?

Two hundred years ago Herne Hill was no more than a scattering of houses and cottages lying amidst fields and farms. In this fully revised and much expanded edition of the Herne Hill Heritage Trail the history is traced of the many changes that have occurred over the last two centuries. It is told through a mixture of buildings, places and objects – some to be seen to this day but others long gone – and through the people associated with them.

With six hand-drawn colour maps specially commissioned for this edition and many other new illustrations, this book reveals and explores the unique identity of Herne Hill. Researched, written and published by the Society in February 2014.

Originally produced in 2003 as an 88-page guide to sites of interest in the area, the new Heritage Trail features 157 entries on 168 pages, with 97 illustrations, 28 in colour.

Written by John Brunton, Jeff Doorn, Robert Holden, Caroline Knapp, Margaret Wimble, George Young, Laurence Marsh, Ian McInnes, Bernard Nurse
Maps by Rebecca Lea Williams
Drawings by Don Bianco, Laurence Marsh


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2014 | 168 pages | Illustrated | ISBN 978-1-87352091-8
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We have no Tube, which to judge from this week’s strike is an utterly baffling concept to north Londoners. But there’s a fantastic market and local shops, and Brockwell Park. It’s friendly. Can I look forward to seeing celebs I’ve heard of following in Ruskin’s footsteps on the Herne Hill Heritage Trail (guidebook from hernehillsociety.org.uk, £8)?.

Andrew Neather, Evening Standard

London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies 2015 Media Awards:

Herne Hill Heritage Trail was runner-up in the category ‘Promoting Local History’.

This title can be consulted at the British Library. General Reference Collection YK.2014.a.7373

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