Anerley is a district in the south east of London in the London Borough of Bromley. It's west of Bromley and is 7 miles south south-east of Charing Cross. It is the former site of the Crystal Palace.
Anerley has never been its own independent entity, but just a general area. Ahead of 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 till the 19th century. In 1827, a Scottish silk manufacturer, William Sanderson, bought land around the former Penge Common, and constructed the first property in the district. He named it 'Anerly', which is a Scottish word for 'solitary' or 'only', and also the road then became known as Anerley Road as well as the surrounding area.
There are plenty of transport links in Anerley, which includes 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 by way of Anerley Road, but Mayor Boris Johnson cancelled the £170m extension in November 2008.
Notable individuals 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.