Dulwich gets its name from Edgar the Peaceful. It was first recorded as Dilwihs in a charter signed by Edgar in 967AD. The name means ‘dill meadow’ in old English. As you know, Dulwich has long historical ties with Camberwell. However, these two small villages never formed a partnership or were merged into one district or anything.
The reason for this is because Dulwich had the beautiful college. Dulwich College was founded in 1619. The actor Edward Alleyn is responsible for laying the groundwork of the college and building the beautiful building. He called it the ‘College of God’s Gift’. To start with, the college was a school for underprivileged boys. However, this didn’t last too long.
In the early 18th century the college began letting wealthier Londoners in. After the 1760s, the parents of the pupils were allowed to building huge mansions in the local area. Many of these incredible buildings are still in Dulwich today.
Thankfully, some of these mansions have now been converted into flats and commercial properties. Many of these make up Dulwich town centre and the restaurants, cafes and shops. There are still a handful of cottages from the original Dulwich village too. So, have a walk around Dulwich, you can see the history of this lovely place everywhere!