Eltham was a civil parish of Kent until 1889 when it became part of the County of London and from 1900 formed part of the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich. The metropolitan borough was abolished in 1965 and Eltham then became part of the then London Borough of Greenwich.

Experience the decade of decadence at Eltham Palace as you are transported back to the 1930s (just in time for cocktail hour!). Created for millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, Eltham Palace is part showpiece of Art Deco design and 1930s cutting-edge technology, and part medieval royal palace. Bring your family and make yourself at home, try on clothes, play games and listen to music, as a guest of the Courtaulds.

The back streets of Eltham have been largely traffic-calmed by the local Council, but there are chronic rat-runs[33] as many of the measures are ineffective or insufficient. Provision for cyclists is modest, while there are some interesting footpaths along ancient rights of way, for example in Oxleas Wood and Avery Hill Park.

Eltham becomes the home of the Royal Army Educational Corps.

Eltham High Street lies on the A210, the original A20 London to Maidstone road. But the A20 has now been diverted southwards, passing through Mottingham, and it is a dual carriageway that connects to the M20 motorway in Kent. Similarly, to the north, the dual carriageway A2 has replaced the Rochester Road section, which was always very congested (the old road had dangerous readings of lead pollution, close to schools, before the advent of lead-free petrol).

Eltham (/ˈɛltəm/) is a suburban district of south east London, England, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It is centred 8.7 miles (14.0 km) east south-east of Charing Cross. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.[1]

Avery Hill Park(Green Chain Walk)and the Winter Gardens

On 24 April 1993, 18-year-old black student Stephen Lawrence was fatally stabbed on Well Hall Road. The crime quickly became one of the most high-profile racially motivated murders in modern Britain. Five teenagers were later accused of his murder but the case was dropped due to a lack of evidence.[25] In 2011 as a result of new evidence coming to light, Gary Dobson and David Norris stood trial for the murder of Stephen Lawrence. They were convicted on 3 January 2012.[26]

The future Henry VIII spends his childhood at Eltham.

Be part of the first ever Elthamread and read The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish, then meet the author at Eltham Library!

The Great Hall is damaged by German incendiary bombs during the Blitz in the Second World War.

Shops in the ground floor of 18th century houses

Adjacent to Well Hall Pleasaunce is University of Greenwich Athletics Ground. This has a pavilion with changing rooms and six pitches for football and rugby

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Scheduled coaches, marketed as part of the National Express network, link Eltham Green to Pimlico and Victoria in central London and to several destinations on the Kent coast via Bluewater (a retail-based development on a grand scale in Dartford borough) and Canterbury. Eltham Green is one of the few places in south London served by National Express coaches.

Antony Bek, Bishop of Durham, builds a grand manor house at Eltham.

Eltham has a Non-League football club Cray Valley Paper Mills F.C., which plays at Badgers Sports Ground (formerly the home of Greenwich Borough F.C. until 2009) in Middle Park. Once a year Cray Valley plays an annual charity match against their local non-league rivals Eltham Old Boys Football Club.

In 2007, the new Eltham Centre opened just off the High Street including council offices and a new swimming pool and incorporating the early 20th century library.

Major rebuilding of king's and queen's lodgings, and a new chapel built for Henry VIII.

Help to change a child’s life by taking part in a exciting 50km or 25km night walk through the striking urban landscapes of London and in to the gorgeous countryside of Kent.

The Royal Parks Training School starts training apprentice gardeners at Eltham.

By the 1880s the lathes and hundreds of Kent had become obsolete, with the civil parishes and other districts assuming modern governmental functions.

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Eltham today is one of the largest suburban developments in the borough with a population of almost 88,000 people.

Parliamentary troops stationed at Eltham ransack the palace and the royal park.

Manor of Eltham held by Hamo, sheriff of Kent, on behalf of Bishop Odo of Bayeux.

From the 6th century Eltham was in the ancient Lathe of Sutton at Hone. In the 1086 Domesday Book its hundred was named Gren[u/v]iz (Greenwich), which by the 1166 was renamed Blachehedfeld (Blackheath) because it had become the location of the annual or more frequent hundred gathering.

In January 2012, however, black and minority ethnic people made up more than a third of its population of 78,380.[20]

Better Libraries across the Royal Borough of Greenwich will host a series of events and activities throughout October for Black History Month 2016.


Eltham developed along part of the road from London to Maidstone and lies 3 miles (4.8 km) almost due south of Woolwich. Mottingham, to the south, became part of the parish on the abolition of all extra-parochial areas, which were rare anomalies in the parish system. Eltham College and other parts of Mottingham were even before the 1860s therefore not considered within Eltham's boundaries.

There is a large variety of open green space in Eltham, in the form of parkland, fields and woodland. "Green Chain Walks" are signposted footpaths that run through or link the green spaces. Some are also bridleways or cycle routes.

As part of the Festival of Learning week, Woolich Library will be holding a special workshop with PR expert Diane Hinds.

Secondary schools in Eltham include Eltham Hill School for Girls, Harris Academy Greenwich, St Thomas More Catholic School and Stationers' Crown Woods Academy[29] (built upon the land of King Henry VIII's hunting grounds).

Eltham has an unusually high quotient of green space, with large areas of woodland to the north and east, including the historic woodland of Shooters Hill and Oxleas Wood, the Woodlands Farm community holding, Eltham Parks north and south and extensive parkland heading into Avery Hill park. Thus it is both 'suburban' and 'urban', and it forms part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, an Inner London borough.

Preserving these sports areas from the encroachments of property developers is a constant battle for Elthams environmental and community groups. Currently (2014) the focus is on the long disused Gaelic Sports Field in Avery Hill Road, for which there is a planning application to build 150 houses.[30]

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From Eltham Church at 60m the High Street rises gently to 71m and continues east as Bexley Road at a slightly lower level.

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