The Garden Guide

Book: London and Its Environs, 1927
Chapter: 50 Dulwich and The Crystal Palace


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50. DULWICH AND THE CRYSTAL PALACE. STATIONS for Dulwich. Dulwich, on the Southern Railway from Victoria or St. Paul's Station (1/1, 7d.), is near Dulwich College and about + mile south of the Picture Gallery. North Dulwich, on the 'Elevated Electric' line of the Southern Railway, from Victoria to London Bridge (from Victoria, 1/, 7d.; from London Bridge, 10d., 6d.), is + mile north of the Picture Gallery. OMNIBUS No. 3 passes near Dulwich Station; No. 37 passes North Dulwich Station. Dulwich, a pleasant residential suburb 5 miles south of the City of London, is especially noted for its important picture gallery. To reach this from Dulwich Station we turn to the right, then follow Gallery Road to the left for half a mile; from North Dulwich Station we turn to the left and keep on through the village to (+ mile) the gallery. Old College Buildings, just short of the gallery on the latter route, contain the offices of the great charitable trust which administers Dulwich College, Alleyn's School, James Allen's Girls' School, almshouses, and large estates in the neighbourhood. Alleyn, the founder, is buried in the chapel. Alleyn's College of God's Gift was founded in 1619 by Edward Alleyn (1566-1626), actor-manager of the Fortune Theatre and keeper of the King's wild beasts at Southwark, who provided for a master and warden, four fellows, six poor brethren six poor sisters, and twelve (later eighty) poor scholars. In 1857 and 1882 the college was reorganized and now comprises Dulwich College and Alleyn's School, in Townley Road, a lower-grade school.