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According to the 2011 census, only 66 per cent of the residents of the Penge and Cator ward are white (down from 78 per cent in 2001), a very low proportion in comparison with the rest of the borough of Bromley. The principal minorities are of black African and black Caribbean descent.

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Penge is served by many Transport for London bus routes, connecting it with areas including Beckenham, Bromley, Catford, Central London, Croydon, Crystal Palace, Dulwich, Lewisham, Orpington, Peckham, Shirley, West Wickham and Sydenham.

Penge is served by three rail stations. Penge East and Kent House have frequent services to London Victoria and Orpington and First Capital Connect operates a limited peak hour service via St Pancras International to St Albans, Luton or Bedford (Trains via St Pancras International generally start or terminate at Beckenham Junction). Also Penge West with services to London Bridge and Caterham, as well as London Overground services to Dalston Junction and West Croydon.

Penge has plenty of excellent shops, some indeed attracting customers from all over south London. As part of our celebration of Penge’s retail delights, we asked for nominations for the best from the Penge Tourist Board Facebook group members and they came up with a list of local establishments; so many in fact, we had…

In 1866 the Duke of Westminster sold Porcupine Field on favourable terms to the Metropolitan Association for Improving the Dwellings of the Industrious Classes and the charity laid out its only ‘country estate’ here, which it named after Alexandra, Princess of Wales. The Alexandra recreation ground (shown in the photograph above*) was opened in 1891.

After the Crystal Palace was moved to Penge Place, a fashionable day out was to visit the Crystal Palace during the day and to take the tram down the hill to one of the 'twenty-five pubs to the square mile'[18] or two Music Halls: The King's Hall and, after 1915, the Empire Theatre. [1] [2] Music Hall comedians were in the habit of making fun of the locale in which they appeared and consequently Penge became the butt of many jokes.

In the Victorian era, Penge developed into a fashionable suburb because of the railway line and its proximity to the relocated Crystal Palace. It became a fashionable day out to visit the Crystal Palace during the day and to take the tram down the hill to one of the 'twenty-five pubs to the square mile'[6] or two Music Halls—The King's Hall (later the Gaumont cinema) and. in 1915. the Empire Theatre (later the Essoldo cinema).[7][8]

The church of St John the Evangelist was consecrated in 1850, when the population of the village had risen to over a thousand, including the residents of the two groups of almshouses. Soon afterwards, the relocation of the Crystal Palace to Sydenham brought explosive growth to the area. The station reopened in 1863 and the London, Chatham and Dover Railway opened another station in the same year, which lay within Beckenham and is now called Penge East.

Penge remained formally part of the parish of Battersea, however it was established in 1859 that the two parts of the parish held separate funds and Penge had distinct local government arrangements. In 1866 it became a separate civil parish in its own right. In 1876 an application was made to the Local Government Board that the Vestries Act 1850 should apply to the parish.[3] This allowed Penge Vestry Hall to be constructed.

Gypsies continued to make camp in the woods here until the early 19th century, when the construction of the Croydon canal brought day-​​trippers to Penge and Anerley, and then the first residents after the enclosure of the common in 1827. The canal was replaced by a railway in 1839 and Penge (now Penge West) station opened but soon closed again, owing to the lack of passengers.

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In 957 King Eadwig (or Edwy All-​​Fair) granted the manor of Battersea to ‘Lyfing, his faithful minister’, together with swine pasture at Penge, which remained a detached portion of Battersea parish for more than a thousand years.

Penge was part of the Dulwich Division of Camberwell from 1885 for election of members of parliament. Penge was part of this constituency for elections to the London County Council in 1889, 1892, 1895 and 1898.

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Relay for Life is a team event, which is taking place at Alexandra Junior School, Cator Road, London SE26 5DS on 16th and 17th July.  It will run for 24 hours, from noon on Saturday until noon on Sunday – the event is overnight to underline the fact that cancer never sleeps.  During the Relay,…

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Back in Victorian times, Penge was famous for having more pubs than is probably healthy.  Times have changed and many of those establishments have gone to the big drip tray in the sky.  However, the thirsty amongst us can still get highly refreshed in a decent number of venues and with this poll you get the…

Penge (/pɛndʒ/) is a suburb of south east London in the London Borough of Bromley. It has entered popular culture as the archetypal commuter suburb, but was a fashionable entertainment district in the 19th century and saw notorious murders in the 1870s. Notable residents have included Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones, Prime Minister Andrew Bonar Law and painter Camille Pissarro. Penge is made up of the Penge and Cator Ward which had a Population of 17,326 in 2011.

In 1965 the urban district was abolished by the London Government Act 1963 and its former area was transferred to Greater London, to be combined with that of other districts to form the present-day London Borough of Bromley.[4]

William Hone wrote about a visit to the Crooked Billet in 1827[4] and included a detailed sketch of the last building on the original site.

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Easter Saturday saw a joint Easter celebration between the Penge Tourist Board and the Penge Traders Association.  Despite the wet weather, around 130 little local Pengites wandered down our High Street gathering stickers from our local shops before finishing at the Bridge House Tavern where they received an egg and took part in a special disco. This page…

A small Post Office in east Penge was the location for Part 2 of The Stolen Policeman (series 8, ep.11) and Series 8 episode 13 opens:

A woman has died after being hit by a train at Penge East station.

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"The incident is not believed to be suspicious at this time and we are working to identify the person and inform their next of kin."

From 1885 the Hamlet of Penge was part of the Dulwich parliamentary constituency, which was then in Surrey, and remained in that seat until 1918 when it was transferred to the new Bromley constituency. From 1950 it was part of the Beckenham constituency. Since the 2010 general election Penge has formed part of the Lewisham West and Penge constituency.

So sad and terrible to hear. My condolences to all family and friends. R.I.P

St Johns C.E. Primary School, was originally part of the Old Penge Chapel which opened in 1837. Early in the 1850s following the completion of St John the Evangelist, the chapel building became used entirely as a school. In 1977 the school’s site was extended and a new school building was opened in September 1978.[25]

This is very sad and as someone who has suffered depression I know how it is to be totally down. My partners Grandfather who drove trains for his livelihood was driving a train when someone jumped out in front of him. Bless him it took it to his death bed and uttered the incident. "I tried to stop"! Think about the aftermath...

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The Beckenham and Penge County Grammar School for boys, formerly the Beckenham Technical Institute which opened in 1901, moved to a new site on Penge High Street between Kent House Road and Kingsdale Road in 1931. It moved from Penge to its present location in Eden Park, Beckenham, in January 1969.

"There were lots of families around who witnessed it.