Directional, the road leading from Crystal Palace to Anerley. The name itself means the lonely place and comes from some Scottish and Northern dialects. It was the name of a property owned by William Sanderson, who is said to have offered a railway company some of his land for free on condition they name a station after him. In 1827, Penge Common was enclosed and the turnpike trust extended Clays Lane (now Elmers End Road and Anerley Road) across it. Taking advantage of the enclosure and the new access route, Sanderson, a Scottish silk manufacturer, bought a large tract of land and built himself a house that he called Anerley (later called Anerley Lodge). Anerly, is a Scottish word meaning solitary or only, and the road subsequently became known as Anerley Road, also giving the name to the surrounding area.
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