Nunhead Library, Consort Road, Nunhead, Southwark, c.1896


It is usually the case that the provision of services, especially more discretionary ones such as public libraries or swimming pools, lag some way behind residential development.

The response of the Camberwell vestry to the suburbanisation of Nunhead was typically tardy, as Nunhead Library (of 1896) was built at least a decade after the majority of house building had taken place.