Fordham Park in New Cross

Today Fordham Park in New Cross is owned and managed by the Borough of Lewisham, but back in 1619 the area was owned by James 1. Clifton Rise, which today leads from the main New Cross road into one side of the Park, was called ‘Wolve Acre Lane’ and the area was farmland. In the…

Sue Godfrey Local Nature Reserve & the Ferranti Park in Deptford

The Lewisham Council website tells us that ‘…The park was originally named Bronze Street Nature Park. It was renamed in 1994 in memory of Sue Godfrey, a local resident and environmental campaigner who was killed in a road accident, in recognition of the huge effort she had devoted to the park and the vital role…

St Paul’s Churchyard Gardens in Deptford

Deptford is a very historic part of London – close to the River Thames and on a Celtic trackway which later became a Roman Road – Watling Street. It is named after a ford over the Ravensbourne River.

Pepys Parks continued & the Royal Dockyards in Deptford

There are several more green spaces which make up Pepys Parks, in addition to the Lower and Upper Parks previously visited. A gap between the buildings on Grove Street, almost opposite the row of shops, leads to the first green space, and then another gap between buildings leads across Bowditch to Longshore and on to…

Lower & Upper Pepys Parks in the Borough of Lewisham

Near to Sayes Court Park is the spread-out site of Pepys Park. London Gardens Online summarises this Park as follows:’…Pepys Park is a public open space created as part of the LCC’s 1960s Pepys Estate, which was built over the site of the Victualling Yard established for storage of provisions and clothing for the Royal…

Sayes Court Park in Lewisham

Deptford Park and Folkestone Gardens have a strong connection with John Evelyn and so it seemed sensible to visit Sayes Court Park next, as this was the site and name of his home and garden (perhaps ‘estate’ would be a better word) in Deptford, which is part of Lewisham district.

Folkestone Gardens in Lewisham

I have often driven past Folkestone Gardens in the car, or whizzed by in the train, but I have not walked there until now. London Gardens Online tells me that ‘…Folkestone Gardens were created in the 1970s on the site of war-damaged housing, and is overlooked and completely surrounded by railway lines. The Grand Surrey Canal used…

Deptford Park in Lewisham

London Gardens Online describes this park as follows: ‘…Located near the river, the site was once market gardens on the estate owned by the Evelyn family, and was particularly famous for its onions, celery and asparagus. In 1884 the land was purchased for a public park by the LCC, who paid two-thirds of the purchase…

Deptford Memorial Gardens in Lewisham

Deptford Memorial Gardens are described on London Gardens Online in 2011 as consisting of ‘…three strips of formal gardens laid out on raised ground between the main road on the south side and a row of mid-C19th paired houses. At the northern end is the WWI war memorial, a Portland stone obelisk with figures of a soldier and…

Luxmore Gardens, Lewisham

I need to walk and so I am starting a new project in London which will encourage me to go out and which will give me photography challenges – I am going to investigate and visit the parks, nature reserves and green spaces in Lewisham. I read that London launches itself as the first National Park…