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The Wood That Built London: Vicar's Oak

This important boundary tree stood just above the source of the Upper Norwood branch of the Effra, and marked the point where the parishes of Lambeth, Camberwell, Croydon, Beckenham and Battersea met on Norwood Hill; the site, at what is now the crossroads of Crystal Palace Parade, Westow Hill, Church Road and Anerley Hill, is marked by a plaque beside the gate of Crystal Palace Park. The immense oak could be seen from ten or twelve miles away and even, according to one observer, from Harrow-on-the-Hill, seventeen miles to the north-west on the far side of London.

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

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C.J. Schüler

C.J. Schüler