A Brief History of the London Borough Lewisham


Neatly Stacked History Books

I am always fascinated and deeply interested in the history of places where I carry out my work. I like to imagine what it might have been like back in time. London which we know today developed from small villages or even a collection of properties. One of my favourite historical boroughs is the London Borough of Lewisham, which is full of wonder and beautifully vibrant. A bit of self-advertisement and a perfectly good excuse for me to visit this borough is I provide piano servicing, tuning, repairs, restores, removals and we even have lots of pianos for sale. So, if you have a piano that needs some TLC, then please, get in touch on 07500 661581.

The Beginning Of A Plant In A Hand In The Shape Of A Heart

The Beginning of Lewisham

Lewisham began its humble Saxon beginnings as Oleofsa’s village, In 862 Lewisham was referred to as LIofshema Mearc, then as Lieuesham in 918 and as Levesham in the Doomsday Book In 1086. Abraham Colfe, Vicar of Lewisham (1610-1657), founded a grammar school, a primary school, and six almshouses for the inhabitants of Lewisham. In 1816 Lewisham was described as a rural village on the banks of the Ravensbourne that could only be reached by a long coach ride. It’s hard to imagine anyone trying to cover the distance in a day without what TFL has provided us in terms of transportation these days.

An Old Windmill In Brixton London

Riverdale Mill

In 1828 the Riverdale Mill was built and is the only one of the Ravensbourne mills still surviving today. The Riverdale Mill was initially a leather mill and then became a corn mill in the 18th century. The first railway through Lewisham, the North Kent Line to Dartford, opened in 1849 and the present Lewisham station opened in 1857. In 1897 the Lewisham Clock tower was built to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

Lady At Farmers Market

Lewisham Market

The Lewisham Street Market started in 1906 Lewisham town centre was devastated by a flying bomb in 1944, but recovered by the 1950s. In 1977 the Lewisham Shopping Centre was built, and in 1994 the High Street in the town centre was pedestrianised, allowing a traffic-free street market and an open space. Lewisham’s rich history has fed into a vibrant, diverse town centre that it is today. The area is bordered by Catford, Deptford, Greenwich and Hither Green. It is a busy shopping district with a right mix of chain and independent stores and Lewisham Shopping Centre, which is one of the biggest in South East London, and Lewisham Market.

The market is open seven days a week with the Monday to Saturday market selling mainly fruit, vegetables, fresh-cut flowers and a small range of non-perishable goods. The Sunday market is a general market selling non-perishable goods with up to 60 stalls. There is also an annual programme of themed markets, which include, French, Polish, International and a market made up of local traders. On Lee High Road there is an eclectic mix of independent shops which include an Italian barber, an accordion shop, a Polish shop and fancy dress shop.

Inside Of A Pet Shop

Pet and Beauty Shops

At the Ladywell end of Lewisham High Street, a pet store, a selection of beauty and hairdressing business and a wide selection of specialist food stores can be found.

Donald Trump Walk Of Fame

Celebs in Lewisham

Lewisham Borough’s famous residents, past and present include Danny Baker, Kate Bush, James Callaghan, Sir James Clark-Ross and many many more celebrities.

Close Up Of Children Hands Playing The Piano Piano

Lewisham Piano Tuning

I really enjoy travelling throughout this part of the city, and sometimes wonder in hundreds of years, how will people be living, and will there be pianos to tune in Lewisham. Since I believe Electronic Keyboards May Have Killed The Piano Star.