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The Wood That Built London: Honor Oak

An attempt to establish a golf club at Honor Oak proved more controversial than at Dulwich. In 1896 a private company quietly put up a six-foot fence around One Tree Hill with the aim of turning it into a golf course. A series of meetings on Peckham Rye the following year led to the formation of the Enclosure of Honor Hill Protest Committee, which included several councillors from the newly formed boroughs of Camberwell and Lewisham. While the committee gathered evidence that the hill was common land, local people grew impatient with its constitutional methods. On Sunday 10 October 1897, a crowd of around fifteen thousand – according to some reports – pulled down the fence and swarmed the hill. The next Sunday an even larger crowd was met by a detachment of five hundred police, mounted and on foot. When they were unable to demolish the fence, which had been reinforced during the week, protestors climbed over it, threw stones at the green-keeper’s cottage and set the undergrowth alight.

From The Wood That Built London by C.J. Schüler

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C.J. Schüler

C.J. Schüler