Bridgehouse Meadows in New Cross

The Lewisham Council website simply says that one can access the site from Surrey Canal Road, Winslade Estate, Hornshay Street, and John Williams Close. And that ‘…Bridgehouse Meadows is once again open to the public, after it was used by Transport for London (TfL) as their base of operations for much of 2011/12. As well…

Hatcham Gardens in New Cross

Lewisham Council’s site tells me that ‘…Hatcham Gardens is part of the North Lewisham Links project. The design was drawn up after consultation with local people including children at the local Kender Primary School, which borders Hatcham Gardens. Access [to] the gardens via Kender Street and Pomeroy Street…’. The Park reopened in 2010 after a redesign by London…

Eckington Gardens in New Cross

London Gardens Online tells me that ‘…Eckington Gardens is originally the name of the residential street, in an area that suffered bomb damage in WWII and became derelict. In 1974, the area was declared as unfit and in an uninhabitable state by LB Lewisham, and site clearance was proposed. In 1980 Swift contractors submitted a…

Charlottenburg Park in New Cross

The Mulally website tells us that ‘…Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham officially opened the new Charlottenburg Park on Saturday 3rd September. This new park was constructed by Mulalley on the former Deptford Green school site in Amersham Vale and was named, following a public poll, in honour of Lewisham’s twinning arrangement with Charlottenburg in…

Margaret McMillan Park in Deptford

London Gardens Online tells me: ‘…The park is named after Margaret McMillan who with her sister Rachel McMillan were pioneers of nursery education. Margaret McMillan Park opened in 1954 and was originally laid out between Watson’s Street and Glenville Grove with a series of lawns along Douglas Way. In the late 1980s part of the…

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 Nature Reserve & the Ferranti Park in Lewisham

The Lewisham Council website tells us that ‘…The park was originally named Bronze Street Nature Park. It was renamed [Sue Godfrey Nature Reserve] 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…

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.