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Welcome to the New Photo Gallery.

Please select any Gallery from the menu on the right of this page.

The Gallery will then open up in a new full page.

Then Select any album from the top left-hand-drop-down menu.

To go to another gallery at any time just click on the links under
"sub galleries button - in top left hand corner.
There are up 20 albums in each of the 6 galleries.

To navigate all the images please use the scroll bar and the arrows at the bottom.

Clicking on the IMAGE will also take you to the next photo.
If you click on the left side of the IMAGE it will return.

A short description about the image will be seen on a line under the image.

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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.

We hope you enjoy these images.

Please contact us if you have any photos that you would like to share.

Please note that no part of the website may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or any means,electronic or manual, without prior permission from the website author.

I will be scanning a few thousand images of Beckenham, Penge and West Wickham in the next few months. They will be online shortly. I will also be making an index of all the images.


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  • John Parker

    A splendid archive.

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  • Roy Lingham

    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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  • Rachel Martin

    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?

    from Godalming, UK
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  • 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

    from Beckenham, UK
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  • Trudy cook

    Anybody remember me

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  • Mal Mitchell

    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

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  • Mary Baruch

    Please note that the caption for photo #8 in Gallery 1 should be "lych" gate, not "lynch" gate

    from 411 Marian Way, Banning, CA 92220, USA
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  • Pauline Holt

    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.

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