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About Penge

Penge is located in the London Borough of Bromley. To the west of the town can be found Crystal Palace; South Norwood and Elmers End are southwards; Sydenham lies north and you will discover Beckenham if you travel eastwards.

Penge is considered to have an 'inner city feel' and its diverse community are passionate about the town. It could certainly be considered to be a 'classic commuter suburb', but with access to some excellent open green spaces and an increasing range of leisure opportunities.

Penge is located in the London Borough of Bromley. To the west of the town can be found Crystal Palace; South Norwood and Elmers End are southwards; Sydenham lies north and you will discover Beckenham if you travel eastwards.

Estate agent insights into Penge

Penge is nine miles from central London and has some of the lowest house prices within easy reach of the capital, and the advantage of good train links to Victoria and London Bridge, on Thameslink to St. Pancras via Blackfriars and Farringdon, and on the East London line to Canary Wharf via Canada Water.

Areas to look out for

Thicket Road, Anerley Park, the Alexandra Cottages roads, Kingswood, Crampton, Lucas and Phoenix Roads are all worth a closer look.

Transport in Penge

Penge has excellent travel connections. From Kent House and Penge East stations there are trains to Victoria (around 20 minutes from Penge East) and St. Pancras (around 35 minutes from Penge East) via Blackfriars and Farringdon. From Penge West there are trains to Victoria (25 minutes) and London Bridge (35 minutes), with overground trains on the East London line extension to Canada Water where the change to Canary Wharf is made. There is also the tram service to Croydon and Wimbledon.

Out and about in Penge

There is a pretty little town square on the High Street close to Watermen's Square and independent cafés in Maple Road, in particular the Blue Mountain Café and the Blue Belle. Penge Food Centre in the High Street is a first-class grocers, taking on nearby Lidl and Sainsbury's, and there is traditional Murray Bros. Butchers. From carpets to electrics and guitars to DIY, Penge has much to offer. Natasha Osunde feels the High Street can only get better as the area gets 'discovered'. Alexandra Nurseries in Parish Lane, a stylish garden centre with a café serving tea and cakes, is one of those green shoots.

The many pubs and clubs include Goldsmiths Arms, The Pawleyne Arms, and the famous Crooked Billet, the site of which has said to have hosted a pub since circa 1600. One venue, Bridge House, also offers regular live music and is home to a thriving theatre. Penge also hosts one of the gates into the 80 hectares of Grade II listed Crystal Palace Park, which offers a range of attractions to visitors and residents alike.

There are a number of leisure or keep-fit related activities available, including dance, Pilates, martial arts and Tae Kwon Do.

The history of Penge

In Anglo-Saxon times, Penge was recorded under the name Penceat in a deed dating from 957. Many historians suggest the name is derived from the Celtic word meaning 'edge of wood' â€" a reference to the dense forest that once covered the surrounding area.

Penge was a fairly unremarkable area until the construction of the London and Croydon Canal in the early 19th century. This began to bring people into the area on day-trips, and when Penge Common was enclosed in 1827, people started to settle. The replacement of the canal with a railway in 1839 continued this expansion. It also became somewhat more fashionable with Victorians due to the 'twenty-five pubs to the square mile' it was estimated to host, and to its proximity to the relocated Crystal Palace â€" an event so significant that the railway station, which had previously closed due to lack of demand, reopened in 1863 and people started to flood into the area.

The village's position on the slopes of Sydenham Hill meant that, generally speaking, smaller houses were built, leading to a high population density. It became a full urban district in 1900. It is the only place in the borough of Bromley to have a London SE postcode covered completely within the borough.

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