district in south-east London

Peckham is a district in southeast London. It is part of the London Borough of Southwark. Peckham was previously part of Camberwell. About 15.000 people live in Peckham.

"Peckham" is a Saxon place name. It means the village of the River Peck. This is a small stream which ran openly through the district, but was closed over in 1823. Archaeological evidence indicates earlier Roman occupation in the area, although the name of this settlement is lost.

Peckham appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Pecheham. It was held by the Bishop of Lisieux from Odo of Bayeux.

Peckham has a large ethnically diverse public housing estate. It a "deprived area".[1][2][3]


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  3. "London riots: 'Everyone was very fired up'", BBC News, 9 August 2011. Accessed 9 August 2011.