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Thames Tributary Ravensbourne - Ladywell

TQ 370 349 Thames Tributary Ravensbourne The Ravensbourne continues to flow north Post to the north Lewisham Post to the east Hither Green Post to the south Catford Post to the west Crofton Park Albacore Crescent Bridge over the river built in the 1960s. Mile marker on the cycle route with mosaics Bradgate Road Source of spring which became a stream down to the High Street Springfield – these roads built on the site of this villa Dressington Avenue Covers the area of what was the workhouse. Originally the area of Slagrave Farm. Water tower . Built for the workhouse. Has a hefty base and chalet-like top with crested roof. Built 1900 to a design by Ernest Newman. It had a well 120 feet deep from which water was drawn to supply the laundry and local houses. John Evelyn Education Centre . Abbey Manor Centre in the east part of the central admin block of Ladywell Lodge, largely the old dining hall. Flats in the administration block and the superintendents house of Ladywe

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne - Catford

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne The Ravensbourne and Pool meet here and then flow northwards towards the Thames   TQ 37755 73712 Busy area of central Catford, with the Lewisham Civic Centre and a street market.  Surrounded by suburban housing, playing fields and pleasant parkland Post to the north Ladywell Post to the south Bellingham Adenmore Road Brick bridge over the Ravensbourne – this may be the original on the old line of Catford Road. Catford Bridge station . 1857. Between Lower Sydenham and Ladywell on South East Trains. Opened on the Mid Kent Line and retains its original Italianate entrance building on the 'down' side. It is yellow brick and two storey Italianate. The building on the ‘up’ side, with the covered steps up to Catford Road, was added c 1870. In 1968 there were floods, water all over the platforms. Burnt down in 1993 and rebuilding and renovation moved the ticket office. Goods yard . Houses built there. Closed March 1968. Features in films '

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne - Pool River - Perry Hill

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne The Pool River continues flowing northwards to the Ravensbourne Post to the east Bellingham Post to the south Bell Green Post to the west Forest Hill Station Castlands Road Leathersellers Co. Owned land to the south and to the top of the hill. This land was bought in the 17th at a time when Abraham Colfe was acquiring land here to endow his charities. He appointed the Leathersellers as trustees – so thus the controlled most of the area. Brongers – between here and Dachet Road and bought by the Leathersellers in the 17th. Also called White Cottage... Terrace with date plaque ‘1910’ is the site of Orchard House. Was on the south corner. Left to the parish in 17th. Demolished in the early 20th. Laurel Brook . East of Orchard House. Orchard Cottages . Terrace at the river end. Clowders Road Clowders Farm was there in 1723.Purchased by the Leathersellers in the 17th. The Manor House built in 1728 demolished 1934. One of a number of houses built

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne - Pool River -Bellingham

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne The Pool River flows north to join the Ravensbourne TQ 37769 71568 Busy Southend Lane divides the London County Council built Bellingham Estate from private housing, sports grounds and parks.  The most notable thing about the area is ex-pupils of Sedgehill School, Status Quo. Post to the west Bell Green Post to the north Bellingham Post to the east South End Beckenham Hill Was called Stumps Hill before John Cator turned up. The Annunciation and St.Agnes . Built of red brick, circular, and centrally planned with gabled clerestory windows, lantern with copper fins, and an entrance like a barbican, with curved walls. . Elfrida Crescent Elfrida Primary School Randlesdown Road Shops destroyed in 1941 bombs Fellowship Inn . Built by the LCC for the estate. Sedgehill Road Sedgehill School . The site was originally to be a TB hospital but the school was built by the LCC and then opened in 1957. Recreation Ground Southend Lane Southend Pa

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne - Pool River - Bell Green

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne The Pool River flows northwards towards the Ravensbourne TQ 36486 71942 Busy area around the old green in front of the pub. This had become a network of fast roads accessing the supermarket which has replaced Bell Green Gas Works with its rail access from the line to Beckenham Junction adjacent.  Several gas holders remain, but for how long. The workers institute with its fine tiled front remains with a relocated war memorial. To the south Kangley and Worsley Bridge Roads retain a number of art deco factories - most now in other use by small industrial units and as offices. To the west Sydenham Road climbs to the shopping centre beyond past pubs, churches, the library and parks. The Pool River flows through the area and to the south it is now a pleasant walk through parks, and a pleasant walk has been designed along it, through parks, allotments, and byways. Post to the north Perry Hill Post to the east Bellingham Post to the south New Beckenham

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne - The Pool River - New Beckenham

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne The streams making up the Pool/Beck stream, the Chaffinch Brook and the Beck River meet in Cator Park and continue to flow northwards as the Pool River. Post to the north Bell Green Post to the south Beckenham Beckett Walk Housing on the site of Kent House. Kent House was owned by a series of City merchants including John Styles who dealt in wool in London and Calais in the 15th. Anthony Rawlins who gave money for the Beckenham almshouses also lived there. It was bought by Russian Banker Angerstein in 1784 and was used as a farm after 1806 with grazing rights on Penge Common. In the late 19th is became a nursing home and then a hotel and was demolished in 1957. Brackley Road Name of a former field of Copers Cope Farm St.Paul’s Church . In 1863 the foundation stone was laid for a church on the estate developed by Albemarle Cator. It was enlarged in 1868. One of the last alterations was the building of the William Hill organ in 1891. After the Fi

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne - Pool, Chaffinch, Beck - Beckenham

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne The Chaffinch flows north towards the Pool River and the Ravensbourne The Beck/Pool flows east to join the Chaffinch flowing towards the Pool and the Ravensbourne. The Beck flows north west towards the Chaffinch TQ 36507 69046 Solidly comfortable middle class area of outer South London. Local facilities and commuter rail.  The art school is only claim to fame as the nurturer of David Bowie Post to the north New Beckenham Post to the east Beckenham Post to the west Penge - Beckenham Balgowan Road Balgowan School –opened as Beckenham Central School. Built just pre First World War with a separate Infants school. During the war it was used as a hospital. In 1919 it opened as boys and girls, taking children who had just failed to qualify for a Grammar school place. In the late 1940s following reorganisation it continued as a Secondary Modern School. From 1959. It became a Junior and Infants school. Barnmead Road Beckenham Road Clockhouse stati

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne - The Beck - Beckenham

Thames Tributary Ravensbourne The Beck stream enters central Beckenham flowing north and then turns north east towards the Pool River. TQ 37183 69422 This is the area of Beckenham's town centre - busy while remaining middle class no-nonsense. The parish church and almshouses remain those of a large village rather than the small town Beckenham has become. The town retains a functioning cinema, and Beckenham Junction Station is a much less grand commuter stop than it sounds. It is also the final stop of the Croydon tram. Housing around the centre is solidly middle class and includes the remains of some great estates, now parkland. Post to the west Clockhouse Post to the east Beckenham Post to the south Kelsey Park Albemarle Road A Cator Estate road, Albemarle was the first name of a family member at the time the road was built. V1 - Second World War a hit with a V1 in 1944 cleared a lot of space in this area Beckenham Green . This was a dense area until bombing in 1944.