Ted Christmas’s development on Perry Vale was completed in 1903.

Whilst researching the history of one of these houses we discovered that the first letters of the house names in the whole terrace spell out the builder’s name, so his mark on this area of South London is immortalised! He started off as an apprentice carpenter and by his early twenties had his own builder’s yard specialising in ‘artistic joinery’. As was common amongst many Victorian developers, Christmas also designed the houses he constructed and his work imitated those pioneering Arts and Crafts architects such as Charles Voysey and Richard Norman Shaw.

Ted himself lived at number 151 ‘Arundale’ until 1913. He continued to build until his death in 1936 and the business carried on, eventually as estate agents, until the 1970s.