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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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# John Parker 2016-01-23 17:22
A splendid archive.
# Roy Lingham 2017-01-08 18:45
Anybody know the basis for the name 'King's Hall Road?' Not been able to find any reference to a King's Hall.
# Rachel Martin 2017-03-16 12:05
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?
# Dr John Parker 2017-04-11 19:06
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
# Trudy cook 2018-04-04 20:01
Anybody remember me
# Mal Mitchell 2018-07-18 14:18
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
# Mary Baruch 2018-11-27 09:00
Please note that the caption for photo #8 in Gallery 1 should be "lych" gate, not "lynch" gate
# Pauline Holt 2019-11-16 10:46
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.
# Paul Chiddicks 2022-04-29 20:09
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

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