Roupell family where developers who made a big mark on the area. In the years leading up to 1820 they purchased large tracts of land in the northern part of Streatham, land previously belonging to Lord Thurlow's estate of Leigham Court. Beginning in the 1840s the family planned and developed Roupell Park, a prestigious, if not an ambitious, development centred on Christchurch and Palace Roads in Tulse Hil and Streatham Hill. The estate, aimed to attract the affluent, contained some of the largest properties yet to be seen in The. Development was spasmodic, with the estate not being completed until the late 1880s when building took place towards Tulse Hill.
The spiritual needs of the new residents were met by Christ Church, which was built in 1840–2 byJames Wild, with interior decoration by Owen Jones. This grade I-listed church now finds itself located on a stretch of the South Circular Road.
With the building of Roupell Park, the area had almost developed its own identity. Concentrations of commercial and residential property could be seen flanking the high road and filling in the immediate area. Along the edge of the parish, marked by New Park Road, lay Thomas Cubitt's Clapham Park development, and with continuing developments along Brixton Hill and Upper Tulse Hill, a suburban townscape had gradually unfolded.
We also discover the interesting history of the Roupell Park Estate, where the large Victorian houses, which once lined Christchurch and Palace Roads, provided large, comfortable homes for the popular author, Dennis Wheatley, the well-known comedy actress June Whitfield, and the famous comic postcard artist, Donald McGill