Anerley is a district within the south east of London within the London Borough of Bromley. It is west of Bromley and it is 7 miles south south-east of Charing Cross. It is the previous site of the Crystal Palace.
Anerley has never been its own independent entity, but just a general area. Just before 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 nineteenth century. In 1827, a Scottish silk manufacturer, William Sanderson, purchased land around the former Penge Common, and constructed the very first home in the area. He named it 'Anerly', which is a Scottish word for 'solitary' or 'only', and the road then became called Anerley Road and also the vicinity.
There are lots 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 via Anerley Road, but Mayor Boris Johnson cancelled the £170m extension in November 2008.
Notable persons 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.