Area Guide - Buying Properties in Blackheath

Description

Blackheath is one of London's villages with a host of independent shops, traditional pubs, railway station, library, concert halls and the enormous green open space of the heath itself.  The heath is the backdrop to many activities including the start of the London Marathon, funfairs, fireworks, the On Blackheath music festival and friends and families having a picnic and flying kites.

It is a vibrant community, popular with commuters and families and is the site of several historic houses and manors, for example, Wricklemarsh, which developed into suburban housing in Georgian and Victorian times and later the SPAN houses of the Cator Estate.

History

Blackheath has a past associated with gatherings of armies and protesters.  The Roman road Watling Street crosses it and it was the location of the Peasants' Revolt led by Wat Tyler in 1381 and a rebellion led by Jack Cade in 1450.  It was also notorious for highwaymen and gibbets in the 17th and 18th centuries.  The more gentle activities of golf and rugby have their early roots in England here.

Leisure & Amenities

Places to go and things to do:

  • Blackheath - the common attracts wildlife and many activities
  • Blackheath Halls
  • On Blackheath music festival
  • Bank holiday funfairs
  • November 5th fireworks
  • Farmers Market

Active Life:

  • Sports on the heath
  • Kite flying on the heath
  • London Marathon

Eating and drinking ideas:

  • The Hare and Billet pub
  • Chapters restaurant
  • Zerodegrees - microbrewery and pizza restaurant
  • O'Neills - pub

Transport

  • Blackheath station - trains to London Bridge, Cannon Street, and Victoria.
  • Numerous bus routes. 

Education

  • The Conservatoire - music education
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