Camberwell Palace

I am researching/collecting information about the Camberwell Palace for an eventual publication. I would be very grateful for any material.i.e. posters, programmes and photos you may have. Scanned versions, are fine and you can send them to

I would also like to hear your memories of visiting the Camberwell Palace for a show, pantomime or even messing around inside after it was closed.

Thanks very much , John

Part of the Southwark Art Colllection, GA1010.

This painting of Camberwell Palace is by William Keddie Forrester dated 1957. He lived in Dulwich and painted many scenes from the local area.

It was located on the corner of Denmark Hill and Orpheus Street, opposite the Post Office.

Camberwell Palace postcard

It was built in 1898/1899 and closed in 1956 and was demolished shortly after. It was mostly a variety hall and in it’s later days featured girlie shows mixed with variety acts. A sad end to a fine looking theatre.

A shop window poster for Camberwell Palace for week commencing 15th May 1950.

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Just for clarification, the Pub shown on the right was the Bulls Head later renamed The Metropole after the Metropole theatre on the corner of Denmark Hill and Coldharbour Lane was built in the 1890s. It was demolished in the 1920s for at first the Bijou picture palace then of course the Post Office. More on the Bulls head here

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Herne Hill Road graffiti by The Artful Dodger

A new piece of graffiti has appeared on Herne Hill Road on the Railway Arches at the Coldharbour Lane end.

02/12/2021 This piece of street art has now been painted over. Not surprised. It had a rather unsavoury dubious message.

By The Artful Dodger

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The Two Free Book Libraries of Loughborough Junction + a small one on Loughborough Road

Cambria Road just by the Railway Viaduct
Grove Adventure Park on Gordon Grove
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David Greig – the sign returns

David Greig – the Sign returns

The old presumed lost David Greig shop sign at Coldharbour Lane makes a spectactular return,

cleaned and restored. Located at 232 Coldharbour Lane, it was the home of David Greig

Butchers. Well done to all responsible.

For a read of my original David Greig post in Loughborough Junction blog, click here

David Greig – the sign returns

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Three views of Loughborough Road through time.

These photos/postcards are all looking north just down from Loughborough Junction, with Wyck Gardens and Loughborough Farm on the left and right respectively.

The first image is a Card House Postcard no 19059, titled Loughboro’ Rd, SW. Sent to me by Brian Beckett. Dated 1914.

You can click on the image for a slightly bigger version.

The second image is a photo taken by Brian in 1960. Taken from the same viewpoint as the 1914 postcard above.

The new Loughborough Estate had been built some 3/4 years before. As Brian said in his email, he took this shot because the cobbled stone blocks of the old horse drawn taxi rank were still then in place.

Brian goes on to say that on the bombed out corner of Foxley Road and Camberwell New Road , a Mercedes Benz dealership was opened in the early 1950’s both for sales and service. Mostly service as there were few sales, however lots of servicing of pre war vehicles and those imported from Germany by returning serviceman. The mechanics often used the long straight Loughborough Road to test the vehicles, often at speed. Much to the delight of the pupils at Loughborough Central school.

Brian lived on Fairburn Road just beyond Five Ways from 1941 through to 1970.

The final photo was taken by Loughborough Junction blog on 2nd May 2021. A rare moment with no traffic on what is generally a very busy road.

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Old Postcards of Camberwell Green

The Green, Camberwell, Albert Flint, postcard posted June 1918

Camberwell Green, photographer unknown, posted August 1910

Camberwell Green (111) postcard by C Russell & Co, posted August 1908

In Camberwell Green, Albert Flint, posted August 1909

The Green, Camberwell with YMCA Hut in background, Photographer unknown, posted January 1928

These postcards have been digitally enhanced by Nick Stevens, March 2021

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Camberwell Tree Walk

A very enjoyable Sunday walk with friends : Camberwell Church Tree Walk starting on Camberwell Green. The walk provided by the Camberwell Society.

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Ruskin Park Walks Summer 2020

Taken during my weekly, almost daily walks around Ruskin Park, summer 2020.

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Time for a tiny moment of self congratulation…, my blog about our local home and surrounding parts have just had it’s 10,000th visitor and nearly 22,000 views. We have been posting since April 2015.

Looking forward to the next 5 years.


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Ruskin Park shown in 16 old postcards

These postcards mostly date from 1900 through 1926. They were taken and published by The Local View Publishing, Albert Flint, Stengel & Co, GR Rogers, Harold North & Co & AFC. Click on image to see a larger view.

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New Planters for Loughborough junction

In the last few days, some lovely new planters have appeared in Loughborough Junction, just by the entrance to Loughborough Junction railway station. A collaboration between Loughborough Junction Action Group, Father Nature and Poroban.

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