Sydenham

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Sydenham is divided into a number of localities:

Sydenham Hill in the Boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark runs alongside Dulwich and Sydenham Woods on one of the highest points in London. From here, the City of London skyline is visible. Sydenham Hill has an abandoned railway tunnel from the Crystal Palace and South London Junction Railway located within the Woods. Another railway tunnel (one of the longest in Britain being 1,958 meters) goes beneath on the Chatham Main Line.

Upper Sydenham is also located on Sydenham Hill and apart of the Parish of St Bartholemew. It’s diverse both racially and in terms of income; recently branded as Kirkdale Village Upper Sydenham has a small range of shops, local pubs and off-licences. Both Sydenham School and Sydenham Police Station are located on Dartmouth Road with Forest Hill Library and Forest Hill Pools alongside Thorpewood Avenue. Green Flag awarded Sydenham Wells Park, the location of the once famous Springs is one of the largest parks within the postcode.

Lower Sydenham & Bell Green is the location of Sydenham Community Library which was recently reopened by the local community after Lewisham council closed it. The Bell Green regeneration project is in its second phase with a new retail park which opened in 2013, on a site which was formally a gas works. The Bridge Leisure Centre is located on Kangley Bridge Road and Mayow Park is on the border with Forest Hill.

Sydenham Road also known as Sydenham High Street houses many independent stores including bookshops, off-licences and a bakery as well as the usual chain high street stores.

Transport:

Sydenham Hill station runs on the Chatham Main line, at the London end serving both Sydenham Hill and the College area of Dulwich.

Lower Sydenham station is on the Southest Trains line and provides northbound trains into the city via London Bridge, Waterloo and Charing Cross. The southbound line also runs out to Kent.

Parks and Open Spaces:

A number of parks are within the Sydenham postcode: Mayow Park, Lewisham’s oldest municipal park and Wells Park are both Green Flag Awarded. Other open spaces in Sydenham include Alexandra Recreation Ground, Baxters Field and Home Park. Riverview Walk is a nature conservation area which runs along the River Ravensbourne from Catford. Additionally, located along the borders of Sydenham, there are Crystal Palace Park, Dulwich Woods, Southend Park and Sydenham Hill Woods.

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