Nice find over on British Army Lineages – a description of the army camping on Blackheath from 1697:
Partial transcription from my squinting at the text (shout if you see mistakes, or manage to transcribe the rest!):
A description of the camp on Blackheath which begun on Thursday the 1st of July 1697.
On Tuesday the 1st day of July 1697, the 7 Regiments of Foot marcht to Black-heath in the County of Ken, about 6 Mile from London’ in order to Encamped, and having the Ground set out for the setting up their Tents’ and on Thursday and Friday the 1st and 2d Days of July, the 7 Regiments of Foot came all into the Camp, then the Camp was full, which consisteth of 7 Regiments. Lieutenant Colonel Withers Brigadier for this Camp, acteth as chief. The distance of each Regiment as they are Encamped on the Heath is 24 Paces; and between the Regiments they are xx Paces. The distance of the Foot Companies one from another, is about 4 Paces in the Front, and 12 Tents in File, two Foot between every Tent; in length 813 Paces from thence to the Brigadiers Tent.
Someone at Lewisham council has just uploaded a tonne of really brilliant old photos of the area. Most are of Deptford, Lewisham and New Cross, but there are a few Blackheath ones too. The whole set are highly recommended. There are very few details about each photo though, so if you have any info about them, it’s worth adding the comments to their photo gallery. They’re all creative commons licensed too, which is great, as it means that you can remix them into weird little videos showing Blackheath through a timewarp
, for example.
It would be great if Blackheath Society did the same thing with their photos. They’ve got loads of old photos too, but very few are on the website.
Does anyone know if the Sainsbury’s photo is from Blackheath? I have a feeling that Shepherd’s used to be a Sainsbury’s years ago?
UPDATE: According to Blackheath Village and Environs, 1790-1970: The Village and Blackheath Vale v. 1 (p54) Sainsbury’s occupied the travel agents building. One of only 100 opened between 1892 and 1914. It closed in February 1959.
Here are all the links:
Education in Lewisham
Leisure and Recreation
Lewisham’s Industrial past
Inns, Taverns and Pubs – public houses in Lewisham
Shops and Shopping
Lewisham Cinemas and Theatres
I do like a vintage map or two, as you may remember. I’ve just found two amazing sites full of lovely antique London maps… You can almost smell the fustiness of the pages. I’m sure I’m not the first to find them, but nonetheless they’re worth a look.
The image above is a tiny section of the Blackheath map on mappalondon.com. The map was made by Edward Stanford in 1862 (now better known for their travel bookshop in Covent Garden). Stanford’s still sell the whole thing as a paperback for £33, or amazon sell the CD-ROM for £27.50. If only the map just went slightly further to the east!
Here’s a slightly earlier map showing a larger scale view of the whole of London at londonancestor.com. This site has much more than just maps, with loads of old newspaper clippings and other ephemera. The map is called “The Environs of London”, and was published by Baldwin and Cradock under “the Superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful knowledge”. It’s always nice when useful knowledge is diffused, I say…