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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gpo talk

A talk about the GPO Film Unit: BACK TO BLACKHEATH Thursday 12th October 7pm

Many have wondered about the interesting building with the blue plaque at the end of Bennett Park. This was the home of the famous GPO Film Unit of the 1930s - you probably know the film NIGHT MAIL with verse commentary by WH Auden.


Steven Foxon, the curator of non-fiction films at the BFI National Archive, will tell us more about it and what went on there. Come and discover about the development of documentary film.  John Grierson, founder of the Grierson Trust, began his career here.


Tickets available from at £10 (includes wine) or email for more info.


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)


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’s Clovers and Allies


In June 2017 Joe Beale our local naturalist led a walk around parts of the Heath looking at points of interest; birds, grasses, flowers and especially the clovers. It was a fascinating morning and he has kindly prepared a guide to the plants he showed us that you can download here.

  t on theRainbow over heath Heath
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


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

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





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