SE13 (Lewisham) area guide

SE13
Lewisham
To the north SE13 is bound by Blackheath Hill. To the east it is demarcated by St Joseph Vale, Dacre Park and then Manor Lane. Its southern border then follows Davenport Road, before following the train tracks as far north as Adelaide Avenue. The boundary then follows Vicars Hill and Shell Road.

The SE13 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Blackheath, Brockley, Greenwich, Greenwich West, Hither Green Station, Ladywell, Ladywell Station, Lee Green, Lewisham, Lewisham Central, Lewisham Station, London, Rushey Green.
Although the history of Lewisham can be traced back to the sixth century, it became a significant settlement circa 1650, when Abraham Colfe became vicar of Lewisham. He was responsible for building a primary school and a grammar school, as well as six almshouses. Despite this, the centre of Lewisham displays little history through its architecture, due to the bomb damage experienced during the Second World War. The Diamond Jubilee Clock Tower, however, built to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 60th anniversary as Queen, still stands.

During the Victorian era, Lewisham was a very popular area with rich city workers, who wished to live in a cleaner, more rural setting, whilst being able to commute to the city. In the 1600s and 1700s Lewisham was inhabited almost exclusively by these types, and up until as far as the 1870s, Lewisham consisted primarily of large houses with substantial gardens. Even the introduction of the railway in the mid-nineteenth century did not immediately open it up to the working classes. However, within the next few decades the professional classes began to move out as the working classes began to take over.
Historically, Lewisham was an area popular amongst the professional classes, although this changed in the nineteenth century with the introduction of the railway. Nearby, the area of Blackheath is still popular amongst wealthy middle class families and city workers. Properties in the direction of Blackheath, such as those on Belmont Hill, are often amongst the largest, most desirable, and consequently most expensive in the area. A five bed detached house on Belmont Hill is likely to reach an asking price of approximately £1.25 million.

Typically, however, the housing stock around Lewisham is more affordable, with the vast majority of homes in Lewisham being flats (58.7 per cent), followed by terraced homes (making up 29.4 per cent of the housing stock). A four bed period terraced home on a street such as Kellerton Road, Ermine Road or Hereford Gardens (off Longhurst Road) would be likely to reach an asking price of around half a million pounds.

A three bed 1970s terrace, such as those on Wisteria Road, would achieve a lower price, at around £275,000. A three bed conversion flat on Overcliffe Road would reach an even more affordable asking price of £260,000.

Ex-local authority blocks (particularly high rise blocks) tend to offer the lowest priced accommodation, with a two bed flat overlooking Lewisham Park commanding an asking price of around £105,000. A two bed flat in a low rise block on Knowles Hill Crescent would encourage higher offers, with an asking price of around £175,000, whilst a two bed period conversion near Lee High Road, Ladywell Road, or Spring Bank Road could command an asking price of up to £200,000. Property becomes more expensive towards Hither Green, with a two bed conversion on Ennersdale Road being priced slightly higher at £225,000.
Public transport is good in SE18 with a variety of options. Lewisham Station is located on Loampit Vale, and operates as both a main line railway and a Docklands Light Railway. On the main line, trains link Lewisham to a variety of central London stations including Victoria, London Bridge, Waterloo East and Cannon Street. An alternative railway station is Ladywell station, which can be found off Ladywell Road, on Railway Terrace.

There are a number of parks and green spaces in Lewisham and the surrounding areas. An example is Lewisham Park, on Lewisham Park. This large park includes a garden with beautiful flower beds, many mature trees and large open spaces to play or relax on. Other nearby green spaces include Blackheath, Hilly Fields, Manor Park (on Manor Park), Manor House Gardens (on Manor Lane), Blythe Hill Fields and Mountsfield Park.

For shopping, Lewisham Shopping Centre, accessible from Lewisham High Street, offers a wide range of popular high street stores, bars and restaurants. Another local entertainment facility is the AMF Bowling Centre, located on Belmont Hill, which not only offers state of the art ten pin bowling facilities, but also includes a video arcade and a selection of gaming machines. For lending services, Lewisham Library can be found on Lewisham High Street. The library also hosts a variety of seminars and exhibitions from time to time. Ladywell Leisure Centre, also on Lewisham High Street, offers a swimming pool, a smaller learning pool, a spa centre and a gymnasium.

For local buildings of interest, visit Lewisham Clock Tower, which is located on Lewisham High Street. The tower dates back to 1897, when it was built in celebration of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee.