Brook Lane, SE3

Road in/near Blackheath, existing between 1927 and now

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Brook Lane follows the line of a long-disappeared section of Kidbrooke Lane.

Before Brook Lane appeared on the map, Kidbrooke Lane followed its course. That lane, unimaginable now, was known for its pretty hedgerows. Kidbrooke Lane ran all the way from Blackheath through the fields of Kidbrooke to Well Hall. Try using the old map controls from 1900 and beyond to view how the area has been completely transformed.

Only the SE9 section remains of Kidbrooke Lane now, way down near Well Hall.

The fields to the west of Brook Lane became allotments as the First World War ended.  Just beyond the cows at the left of the photo, housing started to line Kidbrooke Park Road.

The fields immediately to the east were also allotments for a while and farmland remained beyond until the Shooters Hill bypass part of the Rochester Way was built in 1927.

Brook Lane received its new name in the late 1920s when Rochester Way cut it off from the rest of Kidbrooke Lane. Partly the new name kept a section of the former name but the Kid Brooke stream also ran just south of what is now Gregory House at the end of Brook Lane.

Brook Lane run onto Rochester Way itself at a dangerous junction until the Rochester Way Relief Road was created in 1988. The lane is now curtailed.

The old photo shows Upper Kidbrooke Farm in Kidbrooke Lane and behind it, St James’ Church. Demonstrating how suburban landscape is not simply split into 'before' and 'after'  urbanisation,  the farm had been built on the site of another former church -  St Nicholas. After the Second World War, Delme Crescent was built on the site of both former farm and former church.

To the right (east) of Brook Lane, Chiswell Square and Kelsall Close arrived in the first half of the 1950s replacing the allotments.

We have supplied here a modern 2021 view to update the direction of the older view. In the  distance is still the (more modern) spire of St James along the line of the road - you'll probably have to enlarge the photo to see it. Indeed you can click either photo to enlarge and see more detail.

Alas the exact camera position opposite that fine old tree is now the footprint of modern housing and we'd be trapped inside a wall trying to attempt the same shot. This will have to do.

It would have been good if the tree had survived, but it hasn't.

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old lady   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 11:58 GMT   

mis information
Cheltenham road was originally
Hall road not Hill rd
original street name printed on house still standing

Patricia Bridges   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 10:57 GMT   

Lancefield Coachworks
My grandfather Tom Murray worked here

Lived here
Former Philbeach Gardens Resident   
Added: 14 Jul 2021 00:44 GMT   

Philbeach Gardens Resident (Al Stewart)
Al Stewart, who had huts in the 70s with the sings ’Year of the Cat’ and ’On The Borders’, lived in Philbeach Gdns for a while and referenced Earl’s Court in a couple of his songs.
I lived in Philbeach Gardens from a child until my late teens. For a few years, on one evening in the midst of Summer, you could hear Al Stewart songs ringing out across Philbeach Gardens, particularly from his album ’Time Passages". I don’t think Al was living there at the time but perhaps he came back to see some pals. Or perhaps the broadcasters were just his fans,like me.
Either way, it was a wonderful treat to hear!

Lived here
David James Bloomfield   
Added: 13 Jul 2021 11:54 GMT   

Hurstway Street, W10
Jimmy Bloomfield who played for Arsenal in the 1950s was brought up on this street. He was a QPR supporter as a child, as many locals would be at the time, as a teen he was rejected by them as being too small. They’d made a mistake

Added: 6 Jul 2021 05:38 GMT   

Wren Road in the 1950s and 60s
Living in Grove Lane I knew Wren Road; my grandfather’s bank, Lloyds, was on the corner; the Scout District had their office in the Congregational Church and the entrance to the back of the Police station with the stables and horses was off it. Now very changed - smile.


Added: 28 Jun 2021 00:48 GMT   

Tower Bridge Business Complex, S
need for my coursework

Source: university

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Kim Johnson   
Added: 24 Jun 2021 19:17 GMT   

Limehouse Causeway (1908)
My great grandparents were the first to live in 15 Tomlins Terrace, then my grandparents and parents after marriage. I spent the first two years of my life there. My nan and her family lived at number 13 Tomlins Terrace. My maternal grandmother lived in Maroon house, Blount Street with my uncle. Nan, my mum and her brothers were bombed out three times during the war.

Peter H Davies   
Added: 17 Jun 2021 09:33 GMT   

Ethelburga Estate
The Ethelburga Estate - named after Ethelburga Road - was an LCC development dating between 1963–65. According to the Wikipedia, it has a "pleasant knitting together of a series of internal squares". I have to add that it’s extremely dull :)

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Blackheath is divided between the London Borough of Lewisham and the London Borough of Greenwich with the borough boundary running across the middle of the heath.

Blackheath Village, south of the heath, lies in Lewisham. The Blackheath Standard area and Westcombe Park lie on the north-east side in Greenwich. The name ’Blackheath’ derives from the dark colour of the soil in the area.

It was known to the Romans as a stopping point on Watling Street. Blackheath was a rallying point for the uprisings - Wat Tyler’s Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, and Jack Cade’s Kentish rebellion in 1450. After pitching camp on Blackheath, Cornish rebels were defeated in the Battle of Deptford Bridge to the west on 17 June 1497. Blackheath was a notorious haunt of highwaymen during the 17th century.

During the seventeenth century Blackheath was a common assembly point for English Armies. In 1673 the Blackheath Army was assembled under Marshal Schomberg to serve in the Third Anglo-Dutch War.

The main area of the village lies to the north side of Blackheath railway station (opened on 30 July 1849), between the south side of the heath and the railway line. All Saints’ parish church is the only building on the heath itself.

In 1608, according to tradition, Blackheath was the place where golf was introduced to England at the Royal Blackheath Golf Club, established in 1766.

Blackheath is well-known as the starting point of the London Marathon. This maintains a connection with athletics dating back to the establishment of the Blackheath Harriers in 1878.


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