The Blackheath Society

Blackheath, with its Village and adjacent Heath, is a unique London environment.   The Blackheath Society, one of the country's oldest amenity societies, formed in 1937, exists to preserve and enhance our area.   Please join us in helping to do so.   In this site you can see what we do, and how you can help.

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Blackheath Society publishes two new books

The Blackheath Society has just published two new books to celebrate its 80th birthday this year - one details historical walks around Blackheath Village and the other tells the story of the Blackheath Preservation Trust.

Walking the Village

Walking the Village, written by Society President Neil Rhind and former committee member Roger Marshall, is a handy pocket size 90-page colour book providing a guided tour to over 250 years of the recorded history of one of London’s surviving rural villages.

It is a companion volume to the successful Walking the Heath, published by the same authors in 2013, and covers three walks around the Village with many photographs, fascinating details about buildings past and present and a historical section on The Making of the Village.

It can be bought for £10 from the Society’s office at Studio 2, The Old Bakehouse, 11 Blackheath Village (phone 0208 297 1937)

BPT

The Blackheath Preservation Trust 1938 – 2016, written and edited by committee member John Bartram, is a 40-page book which tells the full story of the BPT with complete details of all the buildings saved during its 80 years. It costs £5 and is available from the same outlets.

The BPT was founded in1938, one year after the Society, to buy buildings under threat of demolition and to preserve, enhance and then sell them on into safe ownership. Much of today’s built environment of Blackheath was preserved thanks to its efforts.

The BPT was taken over by the Society in 2010 and wound up in 2016, when better planning regulations and a greater interest in preserving older buildings meant that its efforts were no longer needed as before.

Blackheath Village Archive Images

Tranquil Vale

Tranquil Vale, Westside c 1905

Over 1200 images of Blackheath Village have been published on our sister website www.blackheatharchive.org.

Many thanks to the scanning team of Sue Shields, Helen Doris, Jo Swadkin, Hilary Weedon and Philip Smith for the many hours of hard work they have put in.

Also thanks, of course, to Neil Rhind without whom the archive would not exist.

We are happy to see the archive continue to grow and are very grateful for the recent contributions of David Warren, Frank Smith, Roger Marshall and Olive Amos. We always welcome new additions, (particularly of Blackheath in the 1960s and 1970s).

Please contact allan@blackheath.org if you think you have something you would like to add (original photos will, of course, be returned after scanning by the team).

 

 

 

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The Old Bakehouse,
11 Blackheath Village, SE3 9LA

Office normally open Mondays - Thursdays 9.30 - 1.30. Please call the office first to check.

Tel: 020 8297 1937

email: office@blackheath.org

Society dates and news

The Graffiti Removal Team Meetings
first Saturday in the month

             
Meet outside the minicab office at Blackheath Station at 2.30 p.m. Further details from
Meg Dinkeldein on 020 8856 3545

Blackheath Society Drop In Session
in Age Exchange TBA

 

Other dates For The Diary

Age Exchange Book Sale
Second Saturday of the month 10.00 - 4.00 in The Bakehouse, behind Age Exchange

Westcombe Woodlands
http://www.westcombewoodlands.org/

Volunteer Days:
  Please note there is no facility for parking here.

 


 

 

 

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