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Peckham, on the Surrey side, between two and three miles SE. from London-bridge, lies for the most part rather low, but on gravelly soil. The large open common of Peckham Rye, and is neighbour, Goose-green, are on higher ground; the ascent continuing to Nunhead and Honor Oak, which latter stands about on a level with the Crystal Palace. Houses are to be had in the lower part of Peckham at a rent as low as £30 a year, but they are of course small. As the ground rises in situation the rents rise with it; and though they never attain the standard of such situations as Sydenham, Richmond, &c., they are considerably beyond what would be required for houses of the same class at a similar distance on the northern side of town. Taken altogether, however, the Peckham district may be considered, as in proportion to its advantages, one of the cheapest in London. NEAREST Railway Stations, Peckham Rye and Queen’s-road, Peckham; Omnibus Route, Peckham-road.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879