Tulse Hill takes its name from the Tulse family who owned it from Oliver Cromwell’s time when it was just farmland.
After the Napoleonic War, Thomas Edwards, who then owned the land, developed Tulse Hill Farm and the rest of the area into large houses with extensive land, and constructed two private roads to serve these new residences, which are now Tulse Hill and Upper Tulse Hill. The area ceased to be attractive to the rich at the end of the 19th century. Mansions and their gardens were gradually replaced by blocks of flats and smaller houses before and after the turn of the 20th century.
There is a lot of council housing in Tulse Hill, but much of it is in the form of houses rather than tower blocks. Many of the streets south from Brixton Water Lane contain council houses, as do Upper Tulse Hill and Tulse Hill much further south. In the middle, streets on the west of Tulse Hill such as Craignair Road and Claverdale Road, and roads around them, contain Edwardian houses and Victorian terraces. So do streets on the other side of Tulse Hills, just below Brockwell Park, such as Trinity Rise and Deronda Road.
On the borders of Tulse Hill, Palace Road and Christchurch Road have large Victorian and Edwardian houses converted into flats, and nearby roads similarly have Victorian houses. There is a large council Estate in Coburg Crescent.