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The Secret History Of Our Streets - Camberwell Grove

Updated Wednesday, 8th October 2014

A long journey from respectability, to despair, and back again - in the time it takes to walk along a street

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Camberwell Grove Creative commons image Icon Malc McDonald under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license Camberwell Grove Charles Booth’s vast 1886 Survey of London ranks each one of London streets according to the class of their residents. Now in a major series for BBC Two, The Secret History of Our Streets returns to six archetypal London streets visited by Booth to discover how their fortunes have ebbed and flowed over the last 125 years.

The second episode features, Camberwell Grove.

Today the Grove is an elegant oddity – a broad, leafy street of fine Georgian houses set in the seething inner city. Through its long history the Grove has come full circle from middle class prosperity; to tight knit working class community and back to middle class affluence again.

Through the lively, often passionate accounts of residents past and present the film tells the story of the changing faces of this remarkable street and the people who have lived in and loved its beautiful houses. At the same time revealing how the fate of the Grove was intimately bound up with the monstrous growth of the Victorian city of London and the birth of the modern conservation movement.

The Secret History of Our Streets: Camberwell Grove is first shown on BBC Two on Wednesday, 13th June 2012 at 9.00pm. For further broadcast details, and to watch online where available, please visit




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