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Template:Use dmy dates Template:Use British English Template:Infobox UK place Nunhead is a place in the London Borough of Southwark in London, England.<ref name=council>Southwark Council - Nunhead and Peckham Rye Community Council</ref> It is an inner-city suburb located Template:Convert southeast of Charing Cross. It is the location of the Template:Convert Nunhead Cemetery.<ref name=bbc>BBC London - Nunhead Cemetery</ref> 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.<ref name=old>Peckham and Dulwich, Old and New London: Volume 6 (1878), pp. 286-303</ref>

Etymology

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.

History

Nunhead formed part of the large ancient parish of Camberwell in the Brixton hundred of Surrey.<ref name=vic>'Parishes: Camberwell', A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 4 (1912), pp. 24-36. Date accessed: 3 July 2008.</ref><ref name=vob>Template:Cite vob</ref> It has not formed an independent unit of civil administration, however as population grew a separate St Antholin, Nunhead ecclesiastical parish was created in 1878, with a church built in 1877.<ref name=vic/> 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. The area then came within the area of responsibility of the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1855 and was transferred to the County of London in 1889. Having formed part of the Camberwell parish, it became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell in 1900.<ref name=vic/> 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.

Regeneration

Nunhead forms part of Southwark London Borough Council's Peckham Programme regeneration scheme.<ref name=programme>Southwark Council - Peckham Programme</ref> As part of this plan, the area forms part of the East Peckham and Nunhead renewal area.<ref name=area>Southwark Council - East Peckham and Nunhead</ref> A component of this regeneration is the proposal that the Cross River Tram could serve the area,<ref name=tram>Transport for London - Cross River Tram: Route options 2006</ref> however in November 2008 Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced that due to funding constraints this project would be cancelled.

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The Lighthouse Cathedral, the current name of this church, which was built in 1957 to the designs of Lawrence King as St Anthony's (for the Church of England). The previous church on the site (destroyed by wartime bombing in 1940) was called St Antholin's and built in 1877.

Nearest Places

  • East Dulwich
  • Brockley
  • Peckham
  • New Cross Gate

Transport

Gibbon Road is the location of Nunhead railway station. The station is located on the line from Blackfriars to Sevenoaks and Victoria to Dartford. Train services are provided by Southeastern.<ref name=se>Southeastern - Station facilities: Nunhead</ref> The area is also served by a variety of London Buses services.<ref name=tfl>Transport for London - Buses from Nunhead</ref> As part of the urban sprawl of London, Nunhead is contiguous with the neighbourhoods of Brockley to the east, Honor Oak to the south, East Dulwich to the south west, Peckham to the north west and New Cross to the north east.

Politics

Nunhead forms part of the Camberwell and Peckham Westminster constituency, with a ward in that constituency named Nunhead. The current MP is Harriet Harman and the ward councillors are Fiona Colley, Althea Smith<ref name=councillors>Southwark Council - Nunhead Ward Councillors</ref> and Sunil Chopra.<ref name=councillors/> Some local policy elements are devised through consultation between Southwark Council and the Nunhead and Peckham Rye Community Council.<ref name=council/> Fiona Colley also operates an online question and answer surgery with residents at local forum South East Central [1] Nunhead forms part of the Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly constituency represented by Valerie Shawcross and the London European Parliament constituency.

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