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One of the 35 major centres in Greater London, the SE13 district resides almost solely within the London borough of Lewisham. It also comprises the Coldbath Estate and part of the Orchard Estate, which are covered by the borough of Greenwich.
Within SE13, you’ll find well known towns such as Hither Green, Ladywell, Lee and St Johns. SE13’s neighbouring areas include Bromley, Camberwell, Peckham and Beckenham.
Lewisham is regarded as a major centre and an important transport hub for South London and features an interchange that is served by Southeastern rail services and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).
The borough of SE13 sits south of the River Thames and features several major landmarks, including All Saints Church, Millwall F.C. And the Citibank Tower
The borough of Lewisham was formed in 1965 by the London Government Act. An amalgamation of the Metropolitan Borough of Deptford and the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham, SE13 has seen several minor boundary changes since its creation.
The biggest amendment took place in 1996 when the Royal Docks in Deptford was transferred to Lewisham from the borough of Greenwich.
The earliest days of Lewisham can be traced back to the 6th century, when it is thought the area was founded by a pagan, Jute Leof, who settled by burning his boat there.
During its early days, Lewisham was nothing more than a tiny village with a high street, but as time moved on, it gradually expanded and became a popular place for rich residents of the city to reside, and grew in prominence particularly during the eighteenth century.
Lewisham has had its fair share of disasters, too, including what is believed to be one of the worst train accidents of the 20th century. On a foggy December day in 1957, a crowded steamer headed for Kent overran signals and crashed into a stationary carriage, killing ninety passengers and crew.
Modern times have been rather more kind to the district, with the extension of the Docklands Light Railway to Lewisham in 1999. The 21st Century has also seen the regeneration of much of the area, including the construction of several high-rise residential buildings and one of the largest commercial areas in south-east London.
The arrival of the DLR station has helped realise the potential of SE13, with value for money in property made apparent, and a wealth of fabulous Victorian homes to choose from. New builds near the station have also increased in prominence, resulting in a vibrant, diverse community and great atmosphere.
Lewisham also features the largest police station in Europe which was moved from Ladywell Road to the town centre and rebuilt where a department store once stood.
Thanks to attractive residential neighbourhoods, plenty of green spaces and some great local schools, SE13 is a borough that is highly cosmopolitan and regarded as a successful area of London.
As you’d expect from a borough as bustling as Lewisham, there are plenty of restaurants, pubs and bars to enjoy. Shoppers also benefit from the well-appointed Lewisham Shopping Centre that sits in the middle of the town centre, offering 330,000 square feet of retail space.
Located seven miles south-east of central London, Lewisham is very well located for trips to the city’s major landmarks, but there are plenty of conservation areas within the borough to satisfy families looking to move up the property ladder.
Young professionals are particularly drawn to SE13, thanks to the fantastic transport network and abundance of cool gyms, bars and restaurants. From the busy worker-friendly 24 hour Soho gym to the kitsch range of bars that include a ‘beer dispensary’ and converted Job Centre, there’s something for everyone.
For active types, the Waterlink Way offers a seven mile cycling and walking route that extends from Sydenham to Greenwich and follows the Ravensbourne River. The expansive Blackheath and Greenwich park are also within SE13, highlighting just how much green space there is to be enjoyed in the borough.
The University Hospital of Lewisham opened in 1894 and now serves the whole borough, along with some surrounding areas. A proposal to close the accident and emergency ward in 2012 was heavily opposed, resulting in a successful legal challenge that saw the High Court rule the closure could not go ahead.
A multi-million pound regeneration programme is currently under construction for the town centre that promises big changes and even more amenities for residents of this fantastic London borough.
Welcome to Lewisham: A largely undiscovered area with huge potential
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