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You will find historic images of Beckenham, Penge, Crystal Palace, Shortlands, West Wickham, Birkbeck, Coney Hall, Anerley, Sydenham and Crystal Palace.

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11 Responses

  1. Update – You can now comment on images in the gallery. It is best to pause the slide show to ensure you are commenting on the correct photo.

  2. Hi, I have been researching for 5 years the stories of the 34 firefighters who died at the old palace school during the blitz, 21 of which were from the Beckenham area. If possible I would like to use some of the pictures from your site on my blog pages giving full credit to yourself, is that possible, please. Kind regards Paul Chiddicks

  3. I have two old postcards of Church Hill c1918 and Old Purley High St in 1903. If you tell me where I will upload them.

  4. Kings Hall road’s name is derived from one of the field names on the Beckenham Manor estate plan dated 1768 (copied from a 1723 version now presumed lost). The 1768 map is in the British Library presumed to be from Burrell family papers. Redons road similarly derived

  5. Hi Roy, you sent me an email.
    There is probably a connection with the Kings Hall Cinema that once stood quite close by in Penge High Street, to the south of the railway. Opened about the time Kings Hall Road was developed. An extract from ‘Cinema Treasures’ states:
    Kings Hall Cinema Penge
    Located in the southeast London district of Penge. The Kings Hall Electric Theatre opened as a
    cinema by 1910, in what had been a public hall. Seating was provided for 550, which was later
    increased to 770.
    Taken over by the Hyams Brother’s circuit in 1920, they engaged architect Cecil Masey to
    rebuild and enlarge the cinema. It had a two storey facade in white Portland stone, with a
    recessed balcony over the entrance that had square pillars supporting the upper section. It reopened
    in 1920 with a seating capacity of 1,200. A small 1 Manual Hill, Norman & Beard pipe
    organ was installed in 1925. It was taken over by Denman/Gaumont British Theatres from
    17th March 1929 and re-named Kings Hall.
    Renamed the Gaumont in 1955, it was an early closure, when the final programme “A Time to
    Love and A Time to Die” starring John Gavin and “Quantez” starring Fred MacMurray played
    on 27th September 1958. The building was demolished and a garage/petrol station was built
    on the site. Today, there are three retail units with flats above located at the site.
    See attached photo.
    Good luck John

    1. I believe The Kings Hall Cinema in Beckenham was opened by my great grandmother Louisa Jane Cooper c1910. My great grandmother, Louisa Jane Hughes (nee Russell) was born in Bermondsey in 1866 and amongst other things ran boarding houses in Kings Hall Road. On the list of lodgers at 1911 census are members of the The Kings Hall Electric Theatre company including a flim splicer and technician along with family members and others totaling 14 occupiers. We are still researching about our family and your info adds greatly. Thanks, Rob Hughes.

  6. I have been doing some family research and found that a cousin of mine lived at 110 Arpley Road towards end of 1800s and into 20th century. John & Frances Frost had 8 children there and a grandchild from another daughter also lived there. The houses do not look very large! What a terrific collection, thank you for sharing them. I wonder if you would allow me to post a picture of Arpley Road on my family tree in Ancestry?

  7. Anybody know the basis for the name ‘King’s Hall Road?’ Not been able to find any reference to a King’s Hall.

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