This book describes the development of Sydenham and Forest Hill from open common land in Kent to the sprawling suburb of Greater London that it is today. The well-illustrated guide is a readable introduction to the area's past. It includes a series of walking tours, which reveal the history of the area in its existing streets and buildings.
Joan P. Alcock is an archaeologist and keen local historian who has lived in Sydenham for over forty years. An Honorary Visiting Fellow at London South Bank University, her previous publications include Congleton History & Guide.