The Reverend Edmund Colby who along with Stephen Street was appointed as Schoolmaster Fellow of Dulwich College by the Parliamentarians in 1645 after the school’s pupils had sided with the Royalists during the English Civil War.Perhaps, unsurprisingly he was dismissed 13 years later when Charles II came to the throne. Alfred Ridley Bax in The Plundered Ministers of Surrey, writes that it was recorded that: “Edmund Colby Mr of Artes who is hereby required to supply ye place of the sayd fellowes in the stead of the said Mr. Mead in teaching of schools in ye sayd Colledge and diligently instructing the children and schollars in ye sayd free schoole. And shall have for his paynes therin all roomes, stipends, fees, rents, woods, availes, priviledges and pftts wt soever belonging of right accustomed to be payd unto ye sayd two fellowes until further order shall be taken in ye prmisses.” This road was built in the late 1860s following the arrival of the railways. Many of the houses were built by R J May of Pond House, who advertised in the Daily Telegraph in 1871: FREEHOLD HOUSES to be LET or SOLD, in a first rate healthy situation, Colby Road, Gipsy Hill, near the Crystal Palace, At rents of £32, £36, £40 & £50. Fitted with every convenience.
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