BELVEDERE BRANCH

Abbey Wood offers many facilities including local shops and public houses. You will also find the historic ruins of Lesnes Abbey founded in 1178 by Richard De Luci and dissolved in 1524. Today the site is beautifully set within pristine gardens. The area also offers the ancient Bostall Woods and Heath which form part of the South East London Green Chain. Abbey Wood also has a mainline railway station in the area known as ‘The Village’ with regular services to London Bridge, Charing Cross and Cannon Street via Woolwich and Greenwich or Lewisham, enabling easy connection to the Docklands Light Railway. Road links from the area give easy access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station. Well known developments within the area include the Co-operative Estate built between 1900-1930 by the Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society. The Abbey Estate was built between 1955-1959 and in the early 1970’s the first phase of Thamesmead began construction.

Barnehurst came into being after land was sold in 1881 to build the Bexleyheath Loop Line between Dartford and Lewisham. The station was named after a local resident, Colonel Barne who owned May Place House and the area took the name from that of the station. The Barnehurst estate was built in 1926 and much building followed shortly after, a good deal of which was by W.H. Wedlock. The area offers many facilities including local shops, public houses and a golf course. Barnehurst also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London Charing Cross, Victoria or Cannon Street. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station.

Belvedere was originally part of the estate of Sir Culling Eardley who constructed a large, wooden tower on the Heath as a viewpoint across the river giving the area the name. The area known as Nuxley Village quickly grew up around All Saints Church and the Villa houses constructed by Eardley. Belvedere offers many facilities including local shops, supermarket, restaurants, public houses and library. Belvedere also boasts a substantial open air water park and play park for the children. Belvedere also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London Bridge, Charing Cross and Cannon Street via Woolwich and Greenwich or Lewisham, enabling easy connection to the Docklands Light Railway.. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station. The area offers a pleasing variety of property with substantial building taking place in the area in the Victorian era and the 1930’s.

Bexleyheath was an area of mostly open land until the early 19th century with the exception of Danson House built in 1766 by Sir John Boyd. In 1859 the artist William Morris had Red House built in what was a small hamlet know as Upton. The Bexleyheath Railway Line construction in the 1880’s prompted the expansion of the area. The town centre offers many facilities including Bexleyheath’s modern shopping mall, multiplex cinema, bowling alley, golf course and a vast array of restaurants and public houses. There is also the Crook Log leisure centre offering facilities such as gym and swimming. Bexleyheath has many schools catering from reception to year 13 including 2 grammar schools at secondary level. Bexleyheath also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London Victoria, Charing Cross or Cannon Street. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station.

 

Erith was primarily a small riverside port and was a popular dock from which to unload cargo before proceeding upstream although the history of the town dates back to Saxon times and before. The town centre offers many facilities including the Riverside shopping centre and supermarket. The area also has the benefit of Erith leisure centre offering facilities such as gym and swimming. Erith also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London Charing Cross and Cannon Street via Woolwich and Greenwich. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station.

Northumberland Heath is a mainly residential area with a variety of property including Victorian, 1930’s, 1940’s and an estate built for employees of Vickers armaments. The area offers many facilities including high street shopping, restaurants and public houses. The nearest train stations are either Erith or Barnehurst with regular services to central London. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station.

 

Plumstead dates back to the Domesday book but expanded rapidly in the 1880’s to provide housing for the workers at the Royal Arsenal. The football team played at a number of grounds in Plumstead between 1886 and 1913. The town offers many facilities including high street shopping, restaurants and public houses. Plumstead also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station.

Slade Green offers many facilities including local shops and public houses. Slade Green also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station

Thamesmead began construction in the 1960’s and now has five distinct areas and offers a variety of property from the first brutalist, modernist structures to the more recent medium density developments. The area offers many facilities including local shops, library, supermarkets and large chain stores within the retail park. The area also has the benefit of Thamesmere leisure centre offering facilities such as gym and swimming and a nearby golf course. The nearest train stations are either Plumstead or Abbey Wood with regular services to London.

Welling is home to Welling United F.C. and offers many facilities including high street shopping, restaurants, public houses and library. Welling also boasts Danson Park with the historic Danson House and boating lake. Welling also has a mainline railway station with regular services to London. Road links from the area give access to A2/M2, A20/M20, M25 and Dartford Tunnel as well as the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Ebbsfleet International station.

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