Lawrie Park

Lawrie Park, Bromley/Lewisham

A Victorian estate located in the heights of Upper Sydenham, on the north-eastern edge of Crystal Palace Park

Camille Pissarro - The Avenue Sydenham

The estate was enclosed by the 17th cen­tu­ry and was acquired some­time before 1800 by John Lawrie.

From the 1850s to the 1870s Lawrie Park became the exclu­sive end of Syden­ham and was built up with some very hand­some vil­las, many by George Wythes, the devel­op­er of Bick­ley.

In 1871 Camille Pis­sar­ro paint­ed the view shown above, look­ing along Lawrie Park Avenue towards St Bartholomew’s church.

The Hall, for­mer home of the Lawrie fam­i­ly, was sold to the Crys­tal Palace Com­pa­ny and its grounds were built upon. The erec­tion of the Crys­tal Palace and the con­se­quent improve­ments in trans­port con­nec­tions added con­sid­er­ably to the locality’s fash­ion­abil­i­ty.

Some of the ear­ly hous­es remain but the inevitable infill­ing and replace­ments have dimin­ished Lawrie Park’s orig­i­nal charm. Lawrie Park Road (for­mer­ly Lawrie Road) has Syden­ham ten­nis, squash and cro­quet club and St Christopher’s hos­pice.

Lawrie Park’s name is now pri­mar­i­ly recalled only in the names of local streets rather than as a dis­creet local­i­ty, although estate agents have begun to speak of the ‘Lawrie Park tri­an­gle’.

WG Grace managed and led the short-lived London County Cricket Club in the early years of the 20th century while living at 7 Lawrie Park Road, a house that was demolished in the 1960s.

Postal district: SE26