- older residents were upset when our library was renamed Crofton Park Library by the council: it had been hitherto called 'Brockley Library' preserving the sense of Crofton Park being at the centre of the ancient manorial lands of Brockley. This manor formed a long ribbon strip made up of the southern part of Deptford parish and the western side of Lewisham parish; it stretched from Brockley Cross to Standsted Road, inlcuding Brockley Hill (now refered to as Bythe Hill Fields). From the 17th centrury Brockley Green once a proper common land and now called Crofton park was at the center of the manor. There were ponds for watering cattle and a little spring flowing from the base of Honor Oak Hill, bubbling down to Ladywell past the farm, demolishd to build Stondon park , across Brockley Rise past the house called Brockley Manor and via farm workers cottages where Ewhurst and Crofton Park road now meet (You can still see it running under the entrance to Foxborough Gardens).
With the naming of the station at Brockley Cross (the nethermost part of the manor) a lacuna was formed which gave rise to the subsequent station of Brockley being named Crofton Park. History is quirky- if the Blackfriars line had been built first we would be solidly known the centre of Brockley.