This is interesting. I attended Forest Hill at David Road, Forest Hill from 76 to 82. It was an cinema - they still had the old cinema seats! I attended Peckham Congregation for one year say 1983/84. We were based in Coldharbour Lane. it was on the ground floor of an old victorian house with three or four floors I can not exactly remember. At the time they had a lease on the hall but the owner of the freehold had dissappeared. I think the Lease was about to expire. They had been trying for years to find a new kingdom hall. In 1985 I moved to New Cross Congregation. This was based in Watson Street - compared to the other halls this was the best! They were also saving up to get a new hall! About 1990 New Cross joined forces with Peckham and they pit bids for both the old synagogue on New Cross Road and the premises at Scylla Road. They won both - the old synagogue on New Cross had been empty for years! However it is on a very busy main road with a busy bus station and old Victorian houses that have been converted to flats! There were no parking spaces! The elders were kept busy organising and building the halls. About 1991 we moved out of Watson Street and to New Cross Road. New Cross was split and merged with Peckham to form Nunhead who moved to Scylla Road. The new Kingdom Hall was much better than the old hall but by 1992 I DA.
Watson Street may not had been sold as we were led to believe. David Road may only have closed down due to the scandal of the "Delroy Grant the night stalker".
They were always in a rush to expand and build but no thought was ever put in place.
Those old Kingdom Halls some may never been sold but may have been rented out who knows!!!