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The Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell was a Metropolitan borough in the County of London. It was created in 1900 by the London Government Act 1899, covering the area of the ancient parish of Camberwellmarker. In 1965 it was amalgamated with the Metropolitan Borough of Southwarkmarker and the Metropolitan Borough of Bermondseymarker to form the London Borough of Southwarkmarker.


It included the following places:

Coat of arms

The corporation was granted arms in 1901. The shield depicted the main areas of the borough. In the first and fourth quarter was a well, for Camberwell. The second quarter was for Dulwich: the chevron and cinquefoils from the arms of Edward Alleyn, founder of Dulwich Collegemarker. The third quarter represented Peckham: the lion was from the arms of Robert, Earl of Gloucester, one time lord of the manor.

The crest depicted a wounded hart, symbol of St Giles, patron saint of Camberwell.

In 1927 the borough was additionally granted an heraldic badge and standard. The badge depicted a Camberwell Beauty butterfly.


From 1900 to 1934 the borough was controlled by the Municipal Reform Party (allied to the Conservatives). In 1934 the Labour Party gained control, which they retained until abolition in 1965.

For elections to Parliamentmarker, the borough was divided into threeconstituencies:

In 1918 the borough's representation was increased to four seats:

In 1950 the number of seats was halved to 2:

Area and population

The area of the borough was . The population, as recorded at the census, was:

Civil Parishes 1801-1899
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Population 7,059 11,309 17,876 28,231 39,868 54,667 71,488 111,306 186,593 235,344
Metropolitan Borough 1900-1961
Year 1901 1911 1921 1931 1941 1951 1961
Population 259,339 261,328 267,198 251,294 179,777 175,304


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