WHY WE SHOULD ALL MOVE TO LEE, SOUTH EAST LONDON
Lee Green is a lovely, green and mostly overlooked corner of south east London, located just down the road from Blackheath. Adrian Burch of Franklyn James discusses Lee’s illustrious history and why now is the time to buy…
Leegate Shopping Centre may soon be replaced with a huge supermarket as part of an £80 million regeneration plan. The retail centre had its time in the spotlight during the 60s, but has since become unloved, with many of the shops empty.
The proposal, put forward by the current owners St Modwen Properties PLC, includes the demolition of the current shopping precinct to be replaced with an ASDA supermarket, plus the conversion of the existing office block into a hotel. The area would also benefit from a village atmosphere with the addition of public spaces, a new gym, an education and community centre and shops.
With new boutiques, cafés and art galleries already reviving the south end of Lee Road, the regeneration plans should breathe new life into an overlooked area
With new boutiques, cafés and art galleries already reviving the south end of Lee Road, the plans should breathe new life into an overlooked area. Lee Green has quite the illustrious history. Sir Francis Baring, founder of Baring Brothers Bank, bought the Manor House in Manor Lane in 1796 and the area has also been home to famous actors of the past and present – Max Wall, the actor and comedian, an example of the former and Jude Law an example of the latter.
In the early nineteenth century boxing matches took place at the Old Tiger’s Head, which was actually located directly opposite the current Old Tiger’s Head (confusingly, the original pub is thought to have been built on the site currently occupied by the New Tiger’s Head). The Old Tiger’s Head was an important feature for local residents as a mail and coaching inn.
The New Tiger’s Head started life as a beer shop, known in the 1830s as the Tiger Tavern. Horse racing and foot racing (undertaken by us human folk) took place in the 1840s, although police put a stop to these activities under pressure from local residents. At this time the green (of Lee Green) was the centre of village life with cricket matches, bare-knuckle boxing and other entertainments.
In the 1850s, further house-building prompted the installation of proper sewers and the Lee Green horse pond was filled in, much to the dismay of local equestrian fans, of which there would have been many at the time. In the 1860s, developer John Pound erected houses in the south-east quadrant – Orchard Terrace on Eltham Road and Crown Terrace on Burnt Ash Lane.
These period properties make great family homes for those in the know. Burnt Ash Hill is a wide, tree-lined road close to a cluster of local shops which offers easy accessibility to transport links at Lee station for trains into London Bridge and Waterloo. An impressive five bedroom family house is currently on the market with Franklyn James Blackheath office for offers in excess of £1,200,000. Now is the time to invest in this area before the regeneration sparks the interest of those who have yet to discover this lovely area.
For further information call Franklyn James on 020 3370 2222 or see franklynjames.co.uk