Plumstead Rockclffe

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Alabama Street`

Over a waste of rutted land to a new street. 

Bassant Road.

A deep dip between the south and north ends. 

Bleak Hill,

This has steep slopes of oak and birch woodland, including sessile oaks, birches, ash and alders with holly, aspen and goat willow shrubs. There is hedge mustard, which exudes a strong smell of garlic. Also here are bluebells, cow parsley, rosebay and willow herb.

Holly Cottage

A steep cliff on either side 

Bleak Hill Lane

Bleak Hill Meadow.  – Wonderful sight in summer. Was once a car breakers yard.

Heathfield Terrace – name is on an 1870 map.


8-14 hit by a flying bomb which killed or injured 21 residents

42-44. V2 attack 26 February 1945. Direct hit. Another serious incident in the vicinity of Shooters Hill. 13 killed, 87 injured.

40-50 V2 attack 26 February 1945 demolished.  Blasted again with another fifteen houses down and 300 damaged thereabouts. Fatalities included PC William Edmonds and his wife, Ethel.

46 V2 attack 26 February 1945 A fireman returning from duty found his home in ruins and was silently led away by a local priest when all hope was given up for his wife, son and parents-in-law buried under the rubble. It seems that these were Mrs Helen Lush, her 11-year-old son, Donald, and Mr and Mrs Ludlow. 9.10 am

Edison Grove

41 Glenmore Arms

Flaxton Road.

Francis Street. (Not on AZ)

Gipsy vans 

Heathfield Terrace.

King's Highway

Woolwich Cemetery.  Divided into an eastern and a western cemetery.  Herb rich grassland with many grasses and wild flowers.  Princess Alice memorial


Brick Kilns. clay is dug for brick tiles - mathematical tiles? - and coarse pottery.  In the same field with the clay pits and on the north side/of them a shaft is sunk 120 feet to the surface of the subjacent chalk, which has been extracted to the further depth of 24 feet, being the object for which the shaft is made .

Runs downhill to the east with the Common rising abruptly to a flat table land on the north side and dipping steeply on the south side to a narrow vale occupied by strawberry gardens, 

Nyanza Road

Rockcliffe Gardens

A park which lies between the two parts of the cemetery.  Dense shrubberies amd a pond.

Collapse on September 1937 in a children's playground, leaving a crater measuring 80ft x 60ft x 30ft deep. More collapses followed in 1938 and Woolwich Borough Council employed consultants to carry out a series of bores to see what was there.

Southland Road.

active brickfield. 

St Mary Road (not on AZ)

Sutcliffe Road.

Mission Hall at northwest end 

Swingate Lane

The Slade

A small ravine, which overlooks the Thames and though at first looks flat has great dips. It is a combe cut by river Wogebourne with a pond, fringed by poplars, and the dried river valley with its steep sides has by trees stretched down to the plain below. A stepped path goes through Great Bartlett Woods to houses on the valley bottom. Winns Cottages and a Warehouse were there once and an Old Mill which fell down. ‘Slade’ means ‘the slide’ or ‘slip’.

Greenslade School

Barrow in the gravel behind the Slade, probably natural hillock used for artillery practice

Plume of Feathers

35 Woodman. Pub. Old established pub – does the name mirror the clientele?

38 The People's Hall now Slade Evangelical Church.  Renamed 1999.

Timbercroft Lane

Church of the Ascension.  Begun 1903 by A. E. Habershon. Ends 1911. Brick with terracotta; polychrome interior.

Who'd a Thought It.  Flying pig sign

Edward VII Terrace because built in 1902

Coronation Terrace because built in 1902

Wesley Hall Methodist Church

Timbercroft Schools. Built by Wallis of Maidstone 1906. Erwood antiquarian taught there.

Orchards and market gardens with foremen's or farmers' houses. 

old beerhouse. 

Winns Common

Plumstead Common's easterly end which is known as Winn's Common. It is a pasture flanked by small terraced cottages named after the tenant of the old workhouse.  There are supposed to have been Ancient Britons there and there are Roman relics, barrows and things. There is woodland of birch, holly, oak, beech and false acacia.  The soil is very poor with pebbles of the Blackheath beds just below the surface.

Fairy rings.

Boundary markers. London County Council.

Playing fields.

Bronze Age burial mound on the central part of Winn's it is believed. Later the centre was used for horse and gun carriage practice.

Puddlestone rock boulders

Bowman’s Hollow. Was it where archery was practiced?

A sandy gravelly waste on which only the military are allowed to ride or drive, used by artillery as an exercise ground 

Tormount Road


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