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Here is a brief overview of Blackheath with area information for you, but nothing beats actually coming to visit.

Our area guide gives you a quick overview of the location; from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out and maybe even an urban myth or two.

Blackheath was once known as a place where the victims of the plague in 1665 would have been buried, but this is part of the mystery of The Heath. Blackheath was once recorded under a different name back in 1166 as Blachehedfeld which means “dark coloured heathland”. Although its very green now, back in the day, the soil and the plants that grew in the surrounding area were also dark in color which gave the name to Blackheath Common.

ARCHITECTURE & PROPERTY

One of the most popular landmarks in Blackheath is All Saints Church which was built /designed in 1853 by Arthur Ashpitel. A prime example or historic beauty which is located on Blackheath Common.

Surrounding the common are some breath taking properties ranging from 1 bedroom apartments to stunning historic houses which date back to the early 1800’s. If you are considering buying by the Heath, be prepared to pay a premium, because not only are the properties full of character, they are full of charm and beauty. Another area of Blackheath which has received one of the biggest is Kidbrooke Village, which was formally known as the Ferrier Estate made famous in Gary Oldman’s film ‘Nil by Mouth’. Once known for its rough and tough community, is now one of the most up and coming in the whole of Blackheath having gone through a huge redevelopment over the last decade.

Many of the locals have lived here for generations and now share their community with first time buyers and young families looking for more space and affordable property.

EATING & DRINKING

If you are looking for a place to eat and drink, Blackheath is full of cafe’s, and bars to cater all kinds of occassions.

For breakfast why not try the Euro Cafe, which offers a range of delights to suit your morning pallet from either a full English or more of a continental style breakfast and with its trendy decor and great atmosphere, you can start your day on with a good vibe and a full stomach.

Fancy a spot of lunch? Why not try something fresh and hand made at the Hand Made Food cafe, where the food is made on site and sourced from top quality local suppliers. Whether it’s salads, sandwiches, deli meats and deserts, you are offered a wide range of delights to make any lunch time as treat.

If its dinner and drinks you’re after, then why not try Zero degrees, where you can start the night with some fancy cocktails, order from the tasty Italian style menu and then take the night away on the dance floor. What more can you ask for?

PARKS & COMMONS

Once a very lonely place, The Heath was where travellers along the London to Dover road were in danger from highwaymen wanting to steel your valued possessions. This is now a glorious piece of green space which spreads across 250 acres, continues to attract a wide range of visitors wanting to either gather together on a warm sunny day or shelter yourself in the Big Top Zippo circus on a rainy afternoon, this common caters for all. Once a very sad place of battles and black death is now a place of happiness and joy where you can have fun and enjoy the vibrant green sea of grass, what more can you ask for?

A short walk to the other side of the Heath and one of London’s Royal Parks, Greenwhich, with it’s observatory at the top of the hill and the views down across the Naval College to the Thames is one of London’s most significant landmarks and famous views as well as a host venue for the Equestrian sports during the 2012 London Olympics.

FAMOUS RESIDENTS

Blackheath has been home for many famous names in the past which include the politicians James Callaghan and Glenda Jackson, the designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and many men and women from the Arts and Media reside locally.

BLACKHEATH overview

Why is the name of Blackheath named so?

  • Blackheath was once used by rebels of Jack Cade’s rebellion who camped on the Heath to allow them to over look London before attacking but despite the higher ground, there were defeated. The question is were they buried on the Heath?
  • Back in the medieval days, the Heath was certainly used to dispose of bodies but was not named due to the black death period. If you have ever passed through Blackheath in the early hours and seen it covered in fog, would you dare to enter the mist?

The Bakehouse Theatre is used for a number of activities from group yoga, belly dancing and many art based groups.

Local pubs and bars

  • Hare and Billet
  • Zerodegrees
  • The Old Brewery
  • Prince of Wales
  • and The Crown to name but a few!

Local restaurants & artisan Cafes

  • Beer & Buns
  • Hand Made food
  • Tziganos Restaurant
  • The Saffron Club
  • Buenos Aires Cafe
  • The Ivy Cafe and many more.

Supermarkets

  • Sainsburys
  • Shepard Food.

TRAINS

Blackheath trains go into central London (London Bridge in 14 minutes, London Charring Cross 24 minutes, London Cannon Street 22-30 minutes)

BUSES

Some of the local buses that come through Blackheath: 202 but to Crystal Palace, 54 to Elmers End, 53 to Whitehall, 53 to Woolwich, 108 to Stratford.

Primary schools

  • John Ball Primary School (Ofsted Outstanding)
  • All Saints Church of England Primary School (Ofsted Outstanding)
  • Blackheath Montessori (Ofsted Outstanding)
  • Brooklands Primary School (Ofsted Outstanding)

Secondary schools

  • St Ursula’a Convent School (Ofsted Outstanding)

Independent Schools

  • Blackheath High School GDST
  • The Pointers School
  • Blackheath Preparatory School

London Borough Of LEWISHAM

LB of LEWISHAM

An eclectic borough with a strong community.

Council tax charges 2019–2020

Council tax band Council tax charge for 2019–2020 Value of property on 1 April 1991
A £1,056.30 up to £40,000
B £1,232.35 £40,001 to £52,000
C £1,408.40 £52,001 to £68,000
D £1,584.45 £68,001 to £88,000
E £1,936.55 £88,001 to £120,000
F £2,288.65 £120,000 to £160,000
G £2,640.75 £160,001 to £320,000
H £3,168.90 over £320,000

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