Although Dulwich has close historical links with Camberwell, the area has remained distinct and has long been more exclusive and vibrant. The reason is the major role of Dulwich College. It was founded in 1619 by the actor Edward Alleyn.
From the early 18th century, and especially after the mid-1760s, the college itself allowed wealthy students Londoners – often the parents of pupils – to erect substantial houses that would raise their value, and that of the estate.
Initially Dulwich Park was formed in 1890 from the fields of Dulwich Court Farm. Soon afterwards, around this time, new build streets of redbrick terraces linked Dulwich Village with Turney Road.
Here are some reasons to visit Dulwich: must visit Dulwich Picture Gallery, head to Christ’s Chapel, admire some picturesque houses, visit some independent shops and don’t miss out on North Cross Road Market.