About the Society: Society meetings

Our meetings and how to get there

Talks and guided walks

Our public meetings are held on the second Wednesday of most months (10 a year), either at Herne Hill United Church Hall, Red Post Hill, London SE24 9PW or Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane, London SE24 9HU. Both buildings are accessible to wheelchair users.

Our guest will normally speak for 45-60 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion. Then we take a refreshment break, a raffle and brief announcements.

All talks are free and open to non-members, so do bring your friends along. But as no tickets are issued, we cannot guarantee a seat. We start promptly at 7:45pm (doors open at 7:30pm). Please arrive before the speaker is introduced to avoid disturbing others.

Wed 11 September, 7:45pm
“The North Dulwich Triangle”
by Ian McInnes

A “virtual walk” around the North Dulwich Triangle, covering the history of the area from the mid-18th century to the Edwardian period, including the lost grand houses and some of their more interesting occupiers.

Ian McInnes is the Chair of the Dulwich Society.

Herne Hill United Church Hall, Red Post Hill

Herne Hill Heritage Trail walks led by Robert Holden

You are invited to join local historian Robert Holden, for three walks following the Herne Hill Heritage Trail, the award-winning, 168-page book published by the Herne Hill Society, which will be available on the day at £8.00, or online at £9.50. If necessary, a megaphone will be used to ensure that everyone can hear.

Sat 14 September, 2.30pm
Herne Hill Heritage Trail: North

Meet Herne Hill Velodrome, Burbage Road entrance

We begin at the Burbage Road entrance of the Herne Hill Velodrome, the oldest extant cycle track in the UK It was used for the 1948 Olympics, and is still a hive of activity. We shall pass a sports field, a grand viaduct, a house that has had three distinguished residents, a folly, an artist’s studio, and the Grafton Ballroom, and shall finish at North Dulwich Station.

Sat 21 September, 2.30pm
Herne Hill Heritage Trail: Central

Meet Herne Hill Station

We commence at our recently renovated and handsome Grade II-listed Herne Hill Station, and look round Station Square, including the foyer building of the Cinema Grand. We shall see the location of Herne Hill’s first cinema, the Picture Palace (1910-1915), meander around Poets Corner, identify the location of the Wellcome Physiological Research Laboratories, possibly visit Brockwell Lido, and finish up at one of our splendid pubs.

Sat 28 September 2019, 2.30pm
Herne Hill Heritage Trail: South

Meet All Saints’ Church

We start at the Lovelace Road entrance of All Saints’ Church , the only Grade I-listed building in our area. We stroll down Rosendale Road, passing two schools, two new houses designed in a typical 19th-century style, a former dairy, a Grade II-listed bridge (the central arch of which is an ellipse), and we finish at the Bullfinch Brewery, close to glorious Brockwell Park. This walk is downhill all the way.

Meetings you may have missed

To get an idea of the sort of events we put on, go to our Facebook page. Talks are reviewed in our quarterly Herne Hill magazine.