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Mapped: 18 places in south London connected to David Bowie’s life and career

David Bowie is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

If he was still alive, he would have turned 74 on January 8, but instead this year marks the fifth anniversary of his death from cancer.

His legacy includes 29 albums, almost as many movies and numerous awards.

He was also born and raised in south east London.

We’ve tracked down some of the locations around the area with important connections to the superstar.

If you want to pay homage to him by visiting these destinations in the future or putting them on your bucket list, here are some of the meaningful places you should look out for when you’re there.

40 Stansfield Road, Brixton – Bowie was born David Jones on January 8.

Stockwell Infants’ School – Started school at Stockwell Infants in 1951.

106 Canon Road, Bromley – Bowie’s family moved to Canon Road in 1953.

Clarence Road, Bromley – In 1954, his family moved to Clarence Road.

Raglan Infants’ School, Clarence Road – David studied here from January 1953 until 1955.

4 Plaistow Grove, Bromley – The family moved to Plaistow Grove in June 1955.

Bowie at the Free Festival, Beckenham, 1969

Burnt Ash Junior School, Rangefield Road –  While at Burnt Ash Junior School from 1955 to 1958, David was in the school choir and played the recorder.

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Bromley Technical High School, Oakley Road, Keston –  Now known as Ravens Wood School, a young David studied here from 1958 to 1963 and particularly enjoyed art classes (and gained his only O Level in the subject) under teacher Owen Frampton, the father of rock musician Peter Frampton.

School of Art, Croydon – Bowie briefly studied at School of Art in Croydon (now part of Croydon College) after leaving school.

24 Foxgrove Road, Beckenham – Now known as David Bowie, he moved to Beckenham from Kensington in March 1969 and lodged with Mary Finnigan.

The Three Tuns pub (now Zizzi), Beckenham High Street – Bowie and Finnigan set up a folk club, which later became Beckenham Arts Lab at the Three Tuns in May 1969.

Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham – Bowie and the Arts Lab hosted the first free festival as a fundraiser at the Croydon Road Recreation Ground on August 16.

Haddon Hall, 42 Southend Road, Beckenham – Bowie lived on the ground floor of the now-demolished building, between October 1969 and May 1972 when he moved to Maida Vale. He painted the ceilings silver.

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Bromley Registry Office, Beckenham Lane – Bowie married Angie on March 19, 1970. They divorced in 1980.

Underhill Studios, Blackheath Hill, Greenwich – Bowie began work on the album that would become The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in 1971 at Underhill Studios, Greenwich, now Gee-Pharm. 

Avery Hill College, Eltham – Bowie’s legendary Ziggy Stardust tour played Avery Hill College on February 25, 1972

The Greyhound, Park Lane, Croydon – The Ziggy Stardust tour came to Croydon’s Greyhound on June 25, 1972

Fairfield Halls, Croydon – After touring in the US and Europe, the Ziggy Stardust tour played two shows at Fairfield Halls on June 24, 1973. 


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