Penge is a suburb of South East London, now thought of as a commuter suburb, but a fashionable entertainment district in the 19th century, after the arrival of the railway. It is built on the foundations of a small Anglo-Saxon town, Pencleat, which means ‘edge of wood’ referring to the surrounding area which was once dense forest.
There are several Victorian almshouses in Penge, including the oldest, the Royal Watermen’s Almshouses, built in 1840, and now converted into private dwellings, which is the most prominent building in Penge. There are also the Queen Adelaide Almshouses, and St John’s Cottages. Penge police station, at the corner of High Street and Green Lane, is believed to have been the oldest working police station in London when it was closed in 2010.
Two music halls once stood at Penge – the King’s Hall, and the Empire Theatre – and Penge became the butt of many comedian’s jokes, something which Spike Milligan, of The Goons, continued. Penge has been the centre of several cultural references: from Horace Rumpole, in Rumpole Of the Bailey, who frequently refers to winning an acquittal in the ‘Penge Bungalow Murders’ to musician David Bowie, who mentioned Penge in the song Did You Ever Have A Dream.
Penge is the setting for the 2006 BBC series Pulling.
Notable residents include Walter de la Mare, poet and author, Camille Pissaro, French impressionist painter, and Thomas Crapper, a famous Victorian manufacturing plumber who is sadly not responsible for inventing the flush toilet.
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In 2010, Touchstone Lofts were awarded the status ‘Highly Commended’ for “outstanding quality craftsmanship and excellent customer service” in the Master Builder Of the Year awards. We were nominated by customers no less than twelve times, and were chosen as winner from over 500 entries. This is the most prestigious annual award granted to British builders: proof that Touchstone Lofts offer a superior service.