Anerley is a district inside the south east of London inside the London Borough of Bromley. It is west of Bromley and is 7 miles south south-east of Charing Cross. It is the former site of the Crystal Palace.
Anerley has not been its own independent entity, but always a general area. Prior to the closure and relocation of the Crystal Palace to Penge Place at the top of Sydenham Hill, Anerley was an empty part of Penge Common that didn't develop until the 1800s. In 1827, a Scottish silk manufacturer, William Sanderson, purchased land on the former Penge Common, and built the first residence in the area. He named it 'Anerly', which is a Scottish word for 'solitary' or 'only', and the road then became referred to as Anerley Road in addition to the vicinity.
There are lots of transport links in Anerley, including 9 bus routes, two A roads, two rail stations and one London Overground station and aTram station at Birkbeck station. Transport for London had proposed the extension of Tramlink services from Harrington Road tram stop to the bus station on Crystal Palace Parade through Anerley Road, but Mayor Boris Johnson cancelled the £170m extension in November 2008.
Notable people that lived in Anerley consist of Thomas Crapper, who promoted the flush toilet, in his retirement; Walter de la Mare, well-known poet and author of ghost stories; and James Leavey, award-winning Punch magazine columnist.