The book, as reviewed here, is “A human history of the Great North Wood”, which once stretched seven miles north from Croydon to Deptford.
And suitably, the first three correct entries from our loyal subscribers, who help to keep this website going, were from Upper Norwood, South Norwood and from the furthest fringe of the Great North Wood’s expanse, down on the slopes of the North Downs at Coulsdon.
Well done to Gerry King, from South Norwood, Agnes Jeary, from SE19 and Coulsdon’s Lewis White.
They all correctly identified Colliers Water Lane in Thornton Heath as a street name which references the area’s history as an important source of charcoal, made from the local woods.
Their copies of the book will be winging their way to them as quickly as Postman Pat can carry them.
Thanks to everyone else who entered. Better luck next time – our next prize competition is coming up very soon.
Some people may have entered without reading the rules about needing to be a fully-paid up patron of Inside Croydon. Remember, to enter our exclusive competitions, you must first be signed up as a paying subscriber to help maintain our website’s independent, agenda-setting journalism.
And if you didn’t manage to win the prize this time, you can order a copy of the book here: The Wood That Built London – A Human History of the Great North Wood, by CJ Schüler (322pp), published by Sandstone Press. £19.99
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