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Plumstead High Street, 1882 Photo:
                            Greenwich Local History Library via John
                            Boon
Plumstead High Street, 1882 Photo: Greenwich Local History Library via John Boon
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Postcard of various views of Plumstead,
                            c.1913
Postcard of various views of Plumstead, c.1913. Photo: Mike Lucas
(Click on photo for a much larger view)

Brickfields

Brick works on King's Highway (late
                            Victorian era) Photo: Clare Crawford. The
                            excavated area of the old brick works was
                            later developed into the 'Rockcliffe
                            Gardens'
Brick works on King's Highway (late Victorian era) Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre.
(Click on photo for a larger view)
The excavated area of the old brick works was later developed into the 'Rockcliffe Gardens'


Brickfields, 1901. Photo: Alan Gibbs
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Brickfields Cottages (Victorian era), note the Rockcliffe Gardens sign! Photo: Alan Gibbs
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The Mill

The Old Mill, Plumstead Common, as it looked in the early 1800's

Old mill pub, Plumstead Common. late
                          Victorian era. Photo: Clare Crawford.
Old Mill pub, Plumstead Common. late Victorian era. Photo: Clare Crawford.

Winn's Common

“The Lakes” Winn's Common swimming lake 1880's. Later bomb damage in WWII and converted to play area and paddling pool.

John, Colin and Mark Weightman with
                          Arthur Collins at front in Winn's Common
                          paddling pool c.1949. Photo: Colin Weightman
John, Colin and Mark Weightman with Arthur Collins at front in Winn's Common paddling pool c.1949. Photo: Colin Weightman

Colin, Arthur (Collins), John, Mark,
                          Brian (Collins) with Ann Weightman in
                          pushchair c.1949 in the paddling pool changing
                          shed. Photo: Colin Weightman
                          See story Clean Lake, Dirty Lake, Our Lake
                          Districts and The Boy & The Country Tramp
Colin, Arthur (Collins), John, Mark, Brian (Collins) with Ann Weightman in pushchair c.1949 in the paddling pool changing shed. Photo: Colin Weightman
See story Clean Lake, Dirty Lake, Our Lake Districts
and The Boy & The Country Tramp

Streets & Roads

Sutcliffe Road in late Victorian times.
                          Photo:John Miles
Sutcliffe Road in late Victorian times. Photo:John Miles
Does anyone have further details of dates and possibly people?

Raglan Road,
                            Plumstead c.1900. Photo: Clare Crawford.
Raglan Road, Plumstead c.1900. Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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Orchard Road, c.1900. Photo: Greenwich
                            Heritage Centre
Orchard Road, c.1900. Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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Ancona Road c.1900. Photo: Greenwich
                            Heritage Centre
Ancona Road c.1900. Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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Purrett Road c.1900. Photo: Greenwich
                          Heritage Centre
Purrett Road c.1900. Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre

Burrage Road c.1905. Photo: Greenwich
                          Heritage Centre
Burrage Road c.1905. Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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Griffin Road c.1905. Photo: Greenwich
                          Heritage Centre
Griffin Road c.1905. Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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Griffin Road, late Victorian era. Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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Heavitree Road c.1905. Photo: Greenwich
                          Heritage Centre
Heavitree Road c.1905. Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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Tram Terminus, High
                          Street. c.1910. Photo: Greenwich Heritage
                          Centre
Tram Terminus, High Street. c.1910. Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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Postcard of Wrottsley Road, Plumstead
                            c.1910
Postcard of Wrottsley Road, Plumstead c.1910. Photo: Mike Lucas
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Jack Willoughby (my grandfather) was something of a legend in the area many years ago. This picture is of him in Albatross Street with his horse and cart was taken circa 1934. Photo: Brian Willoughby.
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St. John's Terrace, Plumstead, with
                            Stan, Grace and Fred Smith taken in 1923.
                            Lily Smith married Stan on the left of the
                            picture, they were sister and brothers.
                            Photo:John Miles
St. John's Terrace, Plumstead, with Stan, Grace and Fred Smith taken in 1923. Lily Smith married Stan on the left of the picture, they were sister and brothers.
Photo:John Miles
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A postcard showing an early view of Wickham Valley. Photo: Dennis Grubb
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Dennis Grubb is researching his early family history.
“ My Great grandfather lived here at 9 Southland Road, Plumstead.
He worked at the Brickfields which were situated close by to his home.”

If anyone has any information on the Grubb family,
or any photos of the Woolwich Cemetery and or Brickfields
and of the areas close by, please let Colin know.

Sutcliffe Road

Church Hall in Sutcliffe Road just off
                            the Slade. Alf Hall (the dwarf man) worked
                            at Mackintoshes as maintenance engineer and
                            because he was smaller than most was able to
                            get into very tight places. Mackintoshes was
                            at the bottom of Kings Highway. The boy is
                            Fred Smith. The photo is c. 1918. Photo:
                            John Miles
Church Hall in Sutcliffe Road just off the Slade. Alf Hall (the dwarf man) worked at Mackintoshes as maintenance engineer and because he was smaller than most was able to get into very tight places. Mackintoshes was at the bottom of Kings Highway. The boy is Fred Smith. The photo is c. 1918. Photo: John Miles
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Sutcliffe Road, Victorian era. Photo: Alan Gibbs
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Sutcliffe Road, Plumstead. Lily Hall
                          lived there for 50 years after her sister Rose
                          Hall got married to George Selves. Note the
                          milk delivery man and wagon.
                          The date of photo is About 1918. Photo: John
                          Miles
Sutcliffe Road, Plumstead. Lily Hall lived there for 50 years after her sister Rose Hall got married to George Selves. Note the milk delivery man and wagon.
The date of photo is About 1918. Photo: John Miles
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Plumstead Common

Bandstand,
                            Plumstead Common, c.1905. Photo: Greenwich
                            Heritage Centre
Bandstand, Plumstead Common, c.1905. Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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Postcard of Plumstead Common c.1910.
                            Photo: Mike Lucas
Postcard of Plumstead Common c.1910. Photo: Mike Lucas
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Plumstead Common Road (Late Victorian
                            Era) Photo: Clare Crawford.
Plumstead Common Road (Late Victorian Era) Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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Postcard of Plumstead Common Road c.1910
Postcard of Plumstead Common Road c.1910. Photo: Mike Lucas
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Plumstead Common Road, C.1930. Photo:
                          Greenwich Heritage Centre
Plumstead Common Road, C.1930. Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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The 'Slade'

Postcard of The Slade, Plumstead
                            c.1910
Postcard of The Slade, Plumstead c.1910. Photo: Mike Lucas
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Postcard of The Slade's Ravine c.1910
Postcard of The Slade's Ravine c.1910. Photo: Mike Lucas
(Click on the photo for a larger view)

Postcard showing the "Slade
                          Valley" and pond. Photo: Clare Crawford.
Photo: Clare Crawford.

First Bus

Plumstead 1916 - First day of LGOC Route
                          111 at the The Plume of Feathers. Pholo:
                          Jennifer Mellor
Plumstead 1916 - L50 on the first day of the L.G.O.C route 99 at Erith Prince of Wales on the 22 May 1916. The route Woolwich - Plumstead - Bostal Wood - Upper Belvedere - Erith Road - Friday Hill - Fraser Road - Erich. Photo: Jennifer Mellor
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From family picture albums to collections of photo books in libraries, there is so much history to be found in many photos.  Photo books beautifully display pictures and sometimes show a little bit of information about the image.
http://www.mixbook.com/photo-books
Create and share books with family and friends.

Cooks Farm, Old Park Road, Plumstead - c.1919 - 1935


Walter Cook, C.1920
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All three photos: Dave Carpenter

Cook Family, C.1935
Edith Cook (Bunty), Catherine Cook (Bill),
Aida Cook, Hilda Cook.
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Walter Cook
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Aida Cook with daughter Bunty
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Cooks Farm with Wickham Lane in the background.
Mary Cook, a daughter of Walter and Aida, worked at the Blue Cross Kennels on Shooters Hill.
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Postcard of Cooks Orchard
Bostall Wood
Plumstead
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Fire
                            Station, Corner Lakedale Road and Plumstead
                            High Street c.1910. Photo: Alan Gibbs
Fire Station, Corner Lakedale Road and Plumstead High Street c.1910. Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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Wickham Lane (View from Bostall Woods
                            in 1911). Photo: Alan Gibbs
Wickham Lane (View from Bostall Woods in 1911). Photo: Alan Gibbs
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Shops

Cha-a'-banc outing, Prince Albert Pub,
                            Ragland Street, 1920's. Photo: Clare
                            Crawford.
Cha-a'-banc outing, Prince Albert Pub, Ragland Street, 1920's. Photo: Clare Crawford.
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Shop in 61 Bannockburn Road, 1950: Photo: Terry Byatt
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'My parents (Philip & Anne Byatt) and grandparents (Percy & Grace Hope) kept this shop, situated at 61 Bannockburn Road, from the late 1940’s until about 1955. I was two years old when they bought the shop, so many of my early childhood memories are around Plumstead. The shop was run during those hard times of post war rationing, as you can see from the photo, the shelves were not well stocked! - Terry Byatt


Photo: Janet Gardner (nee Clisby)

My Dad Cyril Clisby and his brother Tom, taken outside the shop their parents owned in Plumstead in the 1920's,
I am not sure of the name of the road it was in, but Villiers Place comes to mind. All I can remember is if you went down Vicarage Park, you seem to be continually walking down hill until you came to a parade of shops.'

If anyone recognizes the shop and can remember where it was situated could they please let Colin know.


Godwin's Bakers shop. Photo: Les Parkins

Les says “At sometime around 1920 my grandfather, William Godwin, ran a bakery. It was situated on the corner of Riverdale and Speranza roads Plumstead.
I am not sure how long he ran it for but think he ran it into the 1930's.

The picture shows a shop window loaded with all kinds and types of bread and cakes.

The man in the picture is, I believe, George Taylor, the manager, and his family.”

King's Highway

Cottages in Kings Highway, c.1923. Photo:
                          Greenwich Heritage Centre
Cottages in King's Highway, c.1923. Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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A Mackintosh's ginger beer bottle. I've had this a few years now after I accepted as part payment for some work I did. (It's a long story!). Another of my 'treasured possessions' - Alan Read.

 

The War years

The crashed Messerschmitt Bf 109E in
                          Wickham Street.
The plane, a yellow nosed Messerschmitt Bf 109E, crashed in the front garden of a cottage on the verge of a roadway in Wickham Street on Sunday 20th October 1940. Photo: Ken Costin.
(click on photo for a larger view)
See story
Messerschmitt Bf 109E crash, Plumstead by Ken Costin


(Photo: via Ken Costin)

This aerial view of Genesta Road/Wrottesley Road looking south shows the extent of destruction in Plumstead caused by four V.1s in close proximity at Wrottesley Road, Adamston Road, Barnfield Road and Eglinton Hill/Herbert Road.

After this picture was taken, V.2 rockets in the vicinity added further destruction. Some other V.1 incidents in Plumstead, Woolwich and Abbey Wood were at Duncroft, 23 June; Swingate Lane, 1 July; Plumstead High Street/ Woodhurst Road, 30 July (fourteen people lost their lives); Hylton Street, 7 August (seven killed); Smithies Road, 18 June (six killed); Southern Outfall Works (four killed); Woodlands Farm, Shooters Hill Road, 24 August (no people hurt but sixty pigs killed).

Photo: Joe Duncan (Click on photo for a much larger view)

These are the remains of two German incendiary bombs that were dropped on Plumstead during WWII air raids in 1941. One landed in Timbercroft Lane and the other in Swingate Lane and these were picked up by a family member of Joe Duncan.'


Colin's dad, Frank Weightman, (Back row, left) on duty as a fireman with the crew of the Auxiliary Fire Service and their Tender at junction of Winn's Common, on Lakedale and King's Highway Roads sometime during the second world war.

Maps

Map of the Prefabs on Plumstead and
                            Winn's Commons c.1943
Map of the Prefabs on Plumstead and Winn's Commons c.1943
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This old map is from an old Ordnance Survey Map dated somewhere around 1860.


This map is from a London Guide Book dated 1994

St. Margaret's Church


St Margaret's Church, Plumstead was built in the 1850's to accommodate the then expanding working-class population of the district. For more information click HERE
Photos: Alan Read

Postcard (reverse side of tje one above)
                          to Miss A Cunningham and saying" Sorry to
                          hear of your misfortune, wish I had been there
                          to have rendered first aid (to the bike of
                          course). JP. Photo: Clare Crawford.
Photo: Clare Crawford.

Postcard of St. Margaret's Church,
                          Plumstead. Photo: Clare Crawford.
Photo: Clare Crawford.

School children snow ball fun outside St Margaret's Church, Plumstead Common, in the very early 1900's. Photo: Kind permission of the 'Plumstead Common Environment Group'

St. Margaret's Church, 1951 now long
                            demolished.
St. Margaret's Church, 1951 now long demolished.
(Click on photo to visit originating site)
Photo: http://www.stevebulman.f9.co.uk/churches

Photo: Alan Read.
(Click on Photo for a larger view)

'The building with the name Vicarage Park on the side of the building
was the Manse, or Vicarage, for St. Margaret's, which is in the background.
Alas, this grand old church was pulled down, as it was felt it was unsafe, and too costly to rebuild.
The same thing happened to St. Mark's, however, they built a new smaller Church on the St. Mark's property, and the parish is now known as St. Mark's & St. Margaret's on Plumstead Common. —Bert Hooper

 

 

Harvey's Ladies Basketball Team 1947.
                            Photo: Alan Bristow
Harvey's Ladies Basketball Team 1947. Photo: Alan Bristow

The game was played in the area of the Common Old Mill Road and Warwick Terrace.

Harvey's were at one stage losing 7-2, I think at half time, but eventually won 17-14.

I cannot recall the full names but as follows:
From left to right, back row: Madge ? (sister of Vera), my mother Florence Bristow, Vera Sweet.
Front row: ?, Louse,with cup, Vera ?
Doreen ? the Captain was not in picture.

My mother was 33 at the time was the oldest team member.
I used to go with my mother to support Harvey's. I was ten at the time of the cup final.

PS. Harvey's and Stones were situated in Woolwich Road, Charlton.

 

Early
                            Bus in Plumstead High Street (c. 1950's.)
Early Bus in Plumstead High Street (c. 1950's.) (Click on photo for a larger view)

Chapman Bakers, on the corner of
                            Griffin Road and Plumstead High Street, tel:
                            WOO 0388
                            Orchard Street is the next street on the
                            right, just past the 'New Cross Empire'
                            poster and in front of the Rose and Crown
                            public house, which is the last of the
                            darker buildings, with a large lamp in
                            front. Photo: Helen Jones via John Boons web
                            site.
Chapman Bakers, on the corner of Griffin Road and Plumstead High Street, tel: WOO 0388
Orchard Street is the next street on the right, just past the 'New Cross Empire' poster and in front of the Rose and Crown public house, which is the last of the darker buildings, with a large lamp in front. Photo: Helen Jones via John Boons web site.
(Click on photo for larger view)


(Photo; Roger Jewiss and shop info. from Harry Lane.)

V.A.Vizzard, secondhand furniture shop on Plumstead High street, 1950's. It was situated near to the Police station and set back a touch from the pavement and was next to the old houses, and opposite the first house on the other side of the road, next to the wall of Bannockburn school, where there is now a bus stop. The right hand potion of a Petrol Station now stands on the site and was built in the early 60s. On the Police station side of the shop was the old Central Hall which was also demolished to make way for the Petrol Station. So the shop was between the Central Hall and the old houses. The Plaza, which was about 350 yards from the shop, is now Woolworth's. There were however a number of other shops in between.

One of
                          the old trams mentioned in many a story.
                          Photo: Alan Gibbs.
One of the old trams mentioned in many a story.
Photo: Alan Gibbs.


... and the very last, special issue, tram tickets, July 1952.
Kindly donated by Alan Gibbs see story: Alan Gibbs Remembers

The "Idlers"

Postcard of Plumstead's
Postcard of Plumstead Common's famous “Five Idlers”. Photo: Dierdre Terrant
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See poem The Five Idlers of Plumstead Common


Another postcard of “The Five Idlers of Plumstead Common”. Photo:Chris Kitchenham.
(Click on photo for VERY large view)


St Margaret's Church

Miriam and Peter's wedding at St.
                          Margaret's Church in 1952
Miriam and Peter Bastable's wedding at St. Margaret's Church, Plumstead Common, 1952.
My sister Sylvia Crooks is standing extreme left and my other sister Dorothy Crooks is the bridesmaid standing next to me. My brother Victor is the middle of the children in the front row.

St Margaret's Church was pulled down when I went back to England in 1970; it wasn't there.

St. Nicholas Church

At St. Nicholas' Church in Plumstead is, where Auntie Ciss's son Ronnie married. Auntie Ciss (surname Strong) is to the left of Ronnie and Uncle Charlie to the left of her. My brother and myself are on the end of the front row - I think I'm about 13 years old by then. My sister is directly behind my brother and my Mum is behind her to the left.

Photo: Valerie Cunningham

12th Woolwich Cub pack outside the East
                          Plumstead Baptist Church, corner of Griffin
                          & Brewery Roads, in preparation for their
                          annual St. Georges Day Parade march into
                          Woolwich, c.1954. Photo: Alan West.
                          Alan West is Standard Bearer. See story
                          Memories of Childhood and My Memories
12th Woolwich Cub pack outside the East Plumstead Baptist Church, corner of Griffin & Brewery Roads, in preparation for their annual St. Georges Day Parade march into Woolwich, c.1954. Photo: Alan West.
Alan West is Standard Bearer.
See story Memories of Childhood and My Memories

St. Nicholas Hospital, now long demolished and a housing estate built. Photo: Joe Duncan. (Click on photo for a larger view)

A glimpse of St. Mark's (tower tops only
                          are visible) looking across Plumstead Common
                          and the ravine. Photo: Colin Weightman
                          See stories Clean Lake, Dirty Lake, Our Lake
                          Districts and Baked Spuds and Tea Leaves
A glimpse of St. Mark's (tower tops only are visible) looking across Plumstead Common and the ravine. Photo: Colin Weightman
See stories Clean Lake, Dirty Lake, Our Lake Districts and Baked Spuds and Tea Leaves

Photo of the Memorial to the 8th London
                          Howitzer Brigade, Plumstead Common. Photo:
                          Clare Crawford.
Photo: Clare Crawford.

Pun in Ann Street, Plumstead. Photo:
                          Clare Crawford.
Photo: Clare Crawford.

 

 


My sister (Margaret) and I (John) sitting on my father's motorbike (a Bartlett I think) on the path of 48 Chestnut Rise. My father never could and never did ride the motorbike.
Also in the photo is Bobby Fram who lived at 44. He is playing cricket across the road using the wall pillar as a wicket. You could not do this now. Visited Chestnut last year...awful. The road is of course choked with cars and my house converted into flats.
Bob's father owned either a large Matchless or AJS which he kept in the front garden. His father also bred budgerigars and a room on the rear grand level of the house was given up to house them!
Photo: John Ball
(Click on photo for a larger view)


This photo was taken in the back garden of neighbours...the Chambers. I am centre at the back and my sister Margaret is first left and my brother Graham next to her. They lived at 50 Chestnut and moved to a road off of Princess Road in Dartford. Their new house was a semi detached and had a side entrance and also had French Doors. I thought they were rich! I also thought they lived in the Country for although you could get the LT Trolleybus 696 most other transport was Greenline etc.
Photo: John Ball

The Links

“The Links”, Plumstead 1900's. Photo: Dr John Redman.

Plumstead Common Road, c.1905. Photo:
                          Greenwich Heritage Centre
Plumstead Common Road showing 'The Links', c.1905.
Photo: Greenwich Heritage Centre
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A closer view of The Links - RACS Co-op from the 1960's. Photo: Joe Duncan.
(Click on photo for a closer view)

The Links - RACS, Plumstead Common 1970's (from postcard)
Photo: Joe Duncan. (Click on photo for a larger view)

The People's Hall


Kitchen in the People's Hall, 1884s. Photo: Dr John Redman
(Click on photo for a larger view)


1902 Gallery and new front added to The People's Hall. See further down for a close-up taken in 1929. Photo: Dr. John Redman
(Click on photo for a larger view)


People's Hall, 1929. Photo: Dr John Redman
(Click on photo for a larger view)


1985- The last Brigade Parade passing the old “Peoples’ Hall” and the Woodman Pub as it turns into Ravine Groove. Photo: Dr John Redman (Click on photo for a larger view)

Outside the Slade Evangelical Church (2005) which was formerly the “People’s Hall”. Photo: Dr John Redman


St Patrick's School, where the boys played in the playground up on the roof (near corner of Griffin and Conway Roads about c.1998). Photo: Bert Hooper
(Click on photo for a larger view)


Wickham Lane School (in the distance). Photo: Bert Hooper
(Click on photo for a larger view)

Sometimes when we'd go over to Fanny On The Hill, we'd come back either
through Rockcliffe Gardens, or along the road at its side called
Southlands.
We'd often stop at the top of that hill and look out at Bostall Woods, over
the Quarry and the subsiding houses on Alliance Road.
Those old houses have long since been replaced by more solid modern stuff,
and the site of the old Bus Garage is now a Super Store.
Wickham Lane School still stands as a landmark in the middle of the Plum
River Valley, (Bostall Woods at the back) although we know that most of that stream is in a pipe
that starts at the Glenmore Arms, and runs under Fanny On The Hill.
Bert Hooper.

St. Margaret's School 2005. Photo: Joe Duncan

 


The old Plaza Cinema and former church, Plumstead High Street (2005). Photo: Alan Gibbs (Click on photo for a larger view)

Plumstead Common ravine pond (2005). Photo: Alan Gibbs.

Plumstead Common (2005) steps going up from the ravine pond by the end of Roydene Road. Photo: Alan Gibbs.

Plumstead Common, steps down to ravine pond from Lakedale Road. Three quarters of the way down on the right, there are some lovely old dwellings. Photo: Alan Gibbs.


'The walk to Wickham Lane School in the middle of winter' as it would have been remembered by Colin and others who trudged across here in those earlier times on their way to and from school, and of also passing the prefab village, once a little community of folk, which was situated on the right of the photo, on Wynn's Common. (This is where the Arsenal Football Club first began playing soccer and was established.)

Photo taken by Bert Hooper in 1997


The stillness of Bowman's Hollow c.
1997. Photo: Bert Hooper

Plumstead Common ravine with Sladedale Road houses in the middle distance. Photo: Alan Gibbs.



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