Dulwich means the meadow where dill growsA", while Peckham means
village by a hill - probably Nunhead Hill. Nunhead is a local name
with particularly gruesome origins. At first NoneheadA",
Elizabethan England recorded this name after a Mother Superior was
beheaded for opposing Henry VIII's pitiless sacking of the
monasteries. Her severed head was placed on a pike for public view
at Nunhead Green. King John was believed to have killed a stag
while hunting in Peckham; hence the King John pub in Peckham High
Street. Origin of Place Names in Peckham and Nunhead offers a
fascinating and compelling insight into the names of Peckham and
Nunhead's most famous streets and places. This is a must have book
for anyone with an interest in local history.
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