Area Guides » Nunhead
Nunhead is an up and coming area sandwiched between the now expensive areas of Telegraph Hill, East Dulwich on the other side of Peckham Rye Park and the area of Peckham Rye. With a village green at its centre (which was returned to grass parkland of yore in 1980 and improved in 2001) surrounded by a well established butcher, fishmonger and baker, a couple of excellent family pubs and beautiful almshouses, the inhabitants are fiercely proud of its community. Peckham Rye common is an enchanting place even today and it is nice to imagine when sitting on the bench that surrounds the trunk of the majestic tree below the 10 year old William Blake's visions of "a tree filled with angels, bright angelic wings bespangling every bough like stars" on this site that set in motion a lifetime of religious, poetic and artistic endeavour right here in the 1760's. Schools in the area, such as Ivydale school on Ivydale road (part of the Roman London-Lewes road) are very highly regarded and the area is now most popular among young families looking to buy a house in an area closely linked to the surrounding areas and to London but which remains more affordable. Much of the area has great views over the city and has great links from Nunhead station or from Queen's road Peckham to the north, Honour Oak Park to the south, and Brockley to the east, all on the Overground line.