Edwin Hall Place, SE13

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Edwin Thomas Hall (1851 – 1923) was the architect best known for the design of the Liberty & Co department store and the Old Library at Dulwich College (1902 – 1903). In 1894 he won a competition for the design of Hither Green Infectious Diseases Hospital that previously stood on this site. The name was one of several chosen by Bellway Homes which had originally wanted to give roads and buildings at Meridian South, on the former Hither Green Hospital site, names such as Planet Road, Comet Close and Asteroid Lodge. But after an outcry by local residents in 2003, who claimed the development sounded “cold, impersonal, metallic and more suited to a nightmare vision of a 25th-century Gotham City”, the names were changed.

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