We have an old map of Blackheath, from 1895, (probably bought from the wonderful bookshop on the edge of the common), which clearly shows a pond, adjacent to Pond Road, in the bottom right corner. When I looked on Google Maps, I noticed that it has disappeared. Does anyone know when and why? Click the maps to enlarge.
The pondless Google Maps version is here (link to actual map here)
And here’s an overlay of both maps together
The Bugle finally managed to wander up Pond Road today, after voting, to take a look at the absence of pond, and a few pics. After walking past lots of very big houses, eventually I found this:
Look at the way the trees appear to have sunk into the ground. A dead giveaway.
Note the curve of the path – running in a big circle around the green. I wonder what it used to be used for? I could imagine people bringing their livestock to drink from the pond, as I guess the area would have been more agricultural back then.