Deventer Crescent, SE22

Place Name

It is one of the Dutch-themed names of developments on either side of East Dulwich Grove, so named in honour of the close links between what was then the Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell and Deventer, in the Netherlands. The parish of Camberwell became a metropolitan borough in 1900 but was abolished altogether in 1965 when it became part of the London Borough of Southwark. Five years earlier Camberwell twinned with Deventer, a Dutch town of about 100,000 people in Overijssel province, near Arnhem – Southwark continued the relationship when it incorporated the former borough. Deventer’s town centre stood in for Arnhem’s during filming of the classic war movie A Bridge Too Far. As well as exchanging library books, the Deventer link included exchanges of young people from 1960 onward, housewives from 1968 on, and artists, choirs, and sports teams. There was even an older people’s exchange programme – Dutch OAPs spent a week or two at Southwark’s welfare home at Bexhill-on-Sea, while their British counterparts stayed in retirement homes or the homes of local families. See also Arnhem Way; Delft Way; Hilversum Crescent; Isel Way; Kempis Way, Nimegen Way; Steen Way; and Terborch Way.


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