Hello & Welcome: Latest News: 26th Feb 2018 - More additions to the Archive

We are delighted to announce that we will be publishing over 1000 images to the website over the next few weeks. Images of the Cator Estate, Blackheath Halls, Greenwich (Blackheath), Lewisham (Blackheath), Kidbrooke and Westcombe will be made available, phased over a number of weeks. This will increase the total number of images on the website to over 4000. Only another 10000 or so to go!


The exact dates of release will be published here over the next few days and we will also notify those who have opted in by email.

The Blackheath Society Archive has over 15000 images, primarily the work of Neil Rhind, which, through the efforts of a team of volunteers, we are slowly putting online. 

To date, we have about 2700 available to view. We hope you enjoy them, and welcome any comments you may have. We are very grateful for the comments we have received so far. Feel free to express yourself, either on the Guestbook Page or to me direct - allan@blackheath.org

Many of the images are accompanied by text which is drawn from Neil Rhind's definitive and comprehensive 1993 study of Blackheath, "Blackheath Village & Environs" (ISBN 0 9505136 5 2) which is available from The Bookshop on the Heath. Any discrepancies between image and text are mine (Allan Griffin) and not Neil's. Typos and misspellings are also mine but will be corrected in due course.

Thanks are due to the unstinting labours of the scanning team - Sue Shields, Helen Doris, Jo Swadkin, Hilary Weedon and Philip Smith who have worked patiently for a number of years, scanning, titling and tagging. We also thank John Sabido and Mark Chapman for their work. I hope that all enjoy seeing the fruits of their work on public display and know their contribution has been invaluable.

Thanks also need to be extended to the numerous photographers - Hodges, Wayland, Martin, Stephen Moreton-Prichard and countless others, without whose enthusiasm and great skill the archive would not exist. If we have not given due credit to any photographer, this is because of oversight on my part and I will be more than happy to put it right when brought to my attention.

We are very excited by the imminent release and we hope it adds to the pleasure of knowing a little bit more about the architectural history of this wonderful and unique part of London.


Allan Griffin, Blackheath Society Archive Project



Blackheath is a very special part of South East London with a unique history and heritage.

The Blackheath Society is an amenity society which works to preserve and enhance, for the benefit of the public, features of Blackheath which are of particular beauty, historical, architectural or constructional interest.

We aim to promote improvements and interest in the amenities and heritage of the area.

The digital archive currently comprises some 4500 images (and 2 videos) collected over the years which chronicle changes and events that have taken place on the Heath and which have contributed to its unique character.

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00054. Collins Square, Collins St., Camden Row, Mary Evans Pl, Hurren Close, Southvale Road, All Saints Hall

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00054. Collins Square, Collins St., Camden Row, Mary Evans Pl, Hurren Close, Southvale Road, All Saints Hall

00055. Wemyss Road, Blackheath HS, Bath Place

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02065. Blackheath Proprietary School and Selwyn Court

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02065. Blackheath Proprietary School and Selwyn Court

00052. Blackheath Village, 1-13 Brunswick Place.

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00052. Blackheath Village, 1-13 Brunswick Place.

00049. Village Centre

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00049. Village Centre

00059. Blackheath Art Club, 47 Bennett Park

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00059. Blackheath Art Club, 47 Bennett Park

00057. Alexandra Hall, Bennett Park, Cresswell Park

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00057. Alexandra Hall, Bennett Park, Cresswell Park

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Great work!
Rochelle Buglass(non-registered)
My fiance, Matt, and I are sitting at the Hare and Billet, doing some history hunting about Blackheath. Matt is the son of Roy and Liz Lambert. Roy used to frequent the H&B in the early 80s, and Liz was working behind the bar. The rest is history. Would love to know if there is anyone that met Roy or Liz (Liz was on a working holiday from NZ) during that time, or if anyone has any photos of this pub from that era. You have a fantastic resource with this archive. Thank you for your time and effort.
Rochelle & Matt from New Zealand
Lorraine Smith(non-registered)
Great website, looking for info on the Coach and Horse pub in Blackheath Road (now The Graduate) for my mum who grew up there in the 1930's
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