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ES: Living in Forest Hill: area guide to homes, schools and transport

27 Sep '19

The Evening Standard Homes and Property has an area guide to Forest Hill:

A walrus peeps out over the newly painted Forest Hill sign near the station. It’s one of a number of retro signs harking back to the golden age of steam that have appeared on railway bridges all over south London in recent years.

By artist Lionel Stanhope, they’re 50ft wide by 12ft deep. Locals asked for a reference to the giant stuffed walrus at Forest Hill’s much-loved Horniman Museum.

The most expensive house currently for sale in Forest Hill is the home of sculptor David Mach, best known in London for Out of Order, the tumbling red telephone boxes in Kingston town centre. This 4,500sq ft mews house with three bedrooms and a large terrace is on sale at £2.4 million.

The most historic is Ashberry Cottage a listed five-bedroom double-fronted, bow-fronted Georgian house in Honor Oak Road.

A blue plaque says it was once home to the Duke of Clarence, who later became William IV, and his mistress the actress Dorothea Jordan, who had 10 illegitimate children all given the surname FitzClarence; the asking price is £1.1 million.

Lots of info on the area and schools, and a generally kind writeup.