The Old Nuns Head, Public House
|Population:||13,620 (2011 (ward))|
|Camberwell and Peckham|
Nunhead is an inner-city suburb in Metropolitan Surrey, located four miles south-east of Charing Cross. It is the location of the 52-acre Nunhead Cemetery. Nunhead has traditionally been a working-class area and, with the adjacent neighbourhoods, is currently going through a lengthy process of gentrification. Nunhead is the location of several underground reservoirs, built by the Southwark and Vauxhall Waterworks Company.
The name is first recorded in 1680 and is believed to be taken from a local inn named The Nun's Head. It is rumoured that this name refers to the beheading of a nun during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. However, there is no evidence to support this claim.
Nunhead lies within the large ancient parish of Camberwell in the Brixton Hundred, but was never an independent unit of civil administration. Instead, as population grew, a separate St Antholin, Nunhead ecclesiastical parish was created in 1878, with a church built in 1877. The church was later rebuilt in 1957 as St Antony's Church. It was then Listed Grade II in 1972 but became surplus to requirements of the church and was declared redundant in 2001 and sold to its present owners. It then became the Lighthouse Cathedral. In 1887 Nunhead is recorded as having a population of 10,727. There was a Nunhead Football Club from 1888 to 1949. Nunhead has some fine examples of late Victorian / early Edwardian properties; these can be seen on both Carden Road and Tresco Road. It is even reputed, in Claire Tomlin's biography of Charles Dickens' mistress Nelly Ternan, that Charles Dickens was taken on his death bed from the house he rented for Ternan, at Windsor Lodge in Linden Grove to Gad's Hill to die. The house no longer stands, but was at 31 Linden Grove. Old maps show that the church was next door to where the dental surgery now stands at 42 Linden Grove, so Windsor Lodge was presumably more or less opposite that.
Nunhead forms part of Southwark Council's Peckham Programme regeneration scheme. As part of this plan, the area forms part of the East Peckham and Nunhead renewal area. A component of this regeneration is the proposal that the Cross River Tram could serve the area, however in November 2008 Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced that due to funding constraints this project would be cancelled.
Gibbon Road is the location of Nunhead railway station. The station is located on the line from Blackfriars to Sevenoaks and Victoria to Dartford. The area is also served by a variety of London Buses services. Bus route 78 starts in Nunhead and terminates in Shoreditch also via the commercial area surrounding Liverpool Street as well as going over famous Tower Bridge and bypassing the historical Tower of London. The P12, which begins its journey in Brockley, goes through Nunhead, terminating at Surrey Quays shopping centre.
As part of the urban sprawl of London, Nunhead is contiguous with the neighbourhoods of East Dulwich to the south-west; Peckham to the north-west; and New Cross Gate to the north-east, as well as the Kent suburbs of Brockley to the east; and Honor Oak to the south.
Nunhead Cemetery Open Day occurs every May and is organised by Friends of Nunhead Cemetery.
Nunhead Beats the Bounds is an annual event where Nunhead residents march around the perimeter of Nunhead - from Queens Road to Camberwell New Cemetery - to build community spirit. It is generally held the first Saturday afternoon in July.
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