The reputation of the spa, and improved turnpike roads, attracted wealthy City of London merchants and others to build their country residences in Streatham.In spite of London's expansion around the village, a limited number of developments took place in the village in the second half of the nineteenth century, most notably on Wellfield Road and Sunnyhill Road.Despite the local connections to the Dukes of Bedford, there is no link to the contemporary Bedford Park in west London.
The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London. The street in question, the London to Brighton Way, was the Roman road from the capital Londinium to the south coast near Portslade, today within Brighton and Hove.
It is likely that the destination was a Roman port now lost to coastal erosion, which has been tentatively identified with 'Novus Portus' mentioned in Ptolemy's Geographia.
-əm) is a district in south London, England, mostly in the London Borough of Lambeth.
It is centred 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Charing Cross.
There is now a mixture of buildings from all architectural eras of the past 200 years.