About Us

Using a generous selection of old photos, old maps, and historic documents from the rich and unique archive and local history collections of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Southwark, Ideal Homes explores the origins and significance of suburbia as revealed through the history of South London. The site is hosted by the University of Greenwich and was funded by the New Opportunities Fund.

Green belt, playing fields, garden gnomes, and "The Good Life" - these are some of the images summoned up by the word "suburb". But suburbia is much more than that. Ideal Homes uses the local history collections of these six varied London boroughs to show how and why suburbs developed. Here you can find out when villages and settlements were swallowed up by the city, how suburbs have changed over the last two hundred years, and what it has been like to live in the suburbs of London.

The many old pictures included on Ideal Homes will prove valuable to students of house history and family history as well as local history. From the resources of our archives, we have created a visually exciting and imaginative experience, generating interest in an undervalued and misunderstood quarter of London. There is more to suburbia than meets the eye.

New Opportunities Fund

Ideal Homes: a history of South-East London suburbs is a joint project of the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark and the University of Greenwich.

This website is under continuous development. Designed and Produced by the University of Greenwich. For more information please contact J.M.Balshaw.

Copyright notice: Most images on this site are owned by their respective borough, and most images are available for purchase. No image may be reproduced without express permission from the copyright owner.