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Most interesting building in SE23

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Joined 07-06-2006
Posted on Monday, 18 December, 2006 - 10:22 pm:   

If you had to choose a building, other than the Horniman Museum, as the "most interesting in SE23", what would you propose?

By "most interesting" you could focus on architecture, history, fame/infamy, or anything else this statement means to you.

Ideally, this building ought to reflect something about Forest Hill that might attract others here to visit. Maybe this could be an alternative image for Forest Hill that did not involve oddly shaped clock towers and totem poles.

My thoughts would go to the Dartmouth Arms (as our station, and therefore the area, was originally called), or possibly the collected Christmas Houses.

Any thoughts?
Joined 23-02-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 19 December, 2006 - 09:46 am:   

I love the large white art deco house in the shape of a cruise liner on Horniman Drive.
Joined 07-06-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 19 December, 2006 - 10:05 am:   

Yes, I thought of that one too. I think it is actually quite famous too, isn't it?
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 19 December, 2006 - 10:21 am:   

Forest Hill Library is a lovely building. tml

The Capitol has a certain charm.
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 19 December, 2006 - 10:21 am:   

I quite like the look of houses in Havelock Walk, with palm trees and balconies. I don't know if they count.
Joined 07-06-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 19 December, 2006 - 12:56 pm:   

Of course they do (or 'it' does, really, as it is only the one that has those features).

I have said before that I think that Havelock Walk may well turn out to be a key part of Forest Hill's future.

Michael, I agree about the Capitol building (ignoring the current contents)
Joined 12-10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 19 December, 2006 - 01:04 pm:   

I'm afraid this is an area in which Sydenham has the edge!

Six Pillars is the obvious example but there are quite a few other weird and wonderful buildings in SE26.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 19 December, 2006 - 01:27 pm:   

There is an Arts and Crafts House in Manor Mount which has original features and is fabulous.

Don't forget we have a Christopher Wren steeple just off Derby Hill Crescent in a private garden.!

The Art Deco cruise liner building in Horniman Drive is also excellent as are many of the houses up there with original stained glass 1930 windows.

The house on the corner of Westwood Park and Honor Oak Road is also good- has some royal connection which I can't remember ( did Nell Gwynne spend the night there?).

There is also a house with a blue plaque in Sydenham Park/Drive- can't remember who lived there either!

I remember when I first moved here and had people come to stay- they were ooing and aaing at almost every building in sight.

It might be nice to have a register of ' good examples' in Forest Hill or even vote on it, however most will be privately owned and occupied hence they might not want the publicity.

If we're really lucky we might get someone to open up for Open House weekend next September for charity!
Joined 27-09-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 19 December, 2006 - 02:43 pm:   

There is a Wren Steeple in the houses off of Round Hill, is this the Steeple you mean Roz or is there another one?

There are a couple of lovely houses on Redberry Grove. (One of the advantages of delivering FHS news letters!)
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 19 December, 2006 - 02:49 pm:   

Michael's Folly Lipook Crescent

The modern glass house in Manor Mount

The toilet block on Devonshire Road

The wonderful mansion apartment flats on London Road opposite Sainsburys (now sadly a little delapidated).

The cabin next to Finches and the old site of Boxsash Willies

The Moor Park Tavern in Wood Vale (rip)
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 22 December, 2006 - 06:15 am:   

I think this is same Wren steeple.
Forgot the glass house in Manor Mount.
Which ones Michaels Folly or can't you say?

The Mansion Flat opposite sainsburys are called Kings and Queens Garth- very famous for leaseholder action against bad landlords in the 80's!

Not directly related but if you are very nosey like me and have access to Google Earth, you may be surprised at how many private swimming pools there are in Forest Hill back gardens! Will also have a look for the Wren Steeple on this later.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Friday, 22 December, 2006 - 12:17 pm:   

The Folly is a Victorian tower, (made to look like it was medieval, similar to some stuff in Syd hill woods). Because of recent changes to the house you can no longer see it from the road. It is the highest folly in London, and has a 300 degree plus view.

Baggy Dave may be leaving this site soon, his mission almost completed.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Friday, 22 December, 2006 - 01:14 pm:   

Hello, am I still on this site?
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Friday, 22 December, 2006 - 01:17 pm:   

Sorry, my mistake
Joined 24-11-2006
Posted on Friday, 22 December, 2006 - 01:26 pm:   

BD, are you having a moment? Have you lost the plot?
Joined 23-02-2005
Posted on Friday, 22 December, 2006 - 03:41 pm:   

I agree with Michael, the Capitol is a wonderful old building, regardless of what inhabits it, and it's great that it's still around.
Joined 28-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 22 December, 2006 - 06:47 pm:   

I agree with "Welcome Aboard", the 1930's modernist house next to Horniman School and the glass house on Manor Mount and the folly. Also interesting is the old lodge next to Fairlawn School as is the school itself, designed by Peter Moro, the same architect as the Royal Festival Hall, I believe. Although not quite Forest Hill is the Concrete House, the sadly dilapidated gothic house near The Grove traffic lights. I believe it is the earliest example of concrete domestic architecture in the country, so its continuing neglect is scandalous. Also interesting, in an odd way, is how planning permission was given for some of the newer buildings in the area, eg the house from Psycho on Honor Oak Road, opposite the Manor Mount junction. How did that ever get passed? Even the weather vane on its roof points the wrong way - the west indicator points south!

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