The Battle of Deptford Bridge (1497) | The Lost City of London

On or around this day in 1497, around 10000 – lightly – armed Cornish rebels gathered on Blackheath preparatory to marching on London to protest against oppressive royal rule and punitive tax…

Source: The Battle of Deptford Bridge (1497) | The Lost City of London

The V2 Rocket Attack on Blackheath’s Methodist Chapel | Running Past

Source: The V2 Rocket Attack on Blackheath’s Methodist Chapel | Running Past

Just to the east of Blackheath station, behind the shops in Tranquil Vale is a car park with steps at the rear, locals use it as a cut through between Blackheath Grove and Wemyss Road. To the south of the car park there are a few architecturally nondescript looking 1960s shops, a restaurant, and a building that used to be a library but was closed a few years ago and is now a private school.

Until a Thursday lunchtime in March 1945 it was home to Blackheath’s Methodist Chapel. At 12:06 on 8 March 1945 the last V2 rocket to hit Blackheath landed on the Methodist chapel, completely destroying it and causing…

Source: The V2 Rocket Attack on Blackheath’s Methodist Chapel | Running Past

Blackheath and World War 2 Propaganda

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At the end of Bennett Park in Blackheath is a fine Grade II listed, red brick building which has two ‘badges’ of an interesting history – lettering above a doorway bearing the legend ‘Blackheath Art Club’ and close by a blue plaque for the GPO Film Unit, which was later to become the Crown Film Unit.

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The Blackheath Art Club was founded in 1883 to ‘promote social intercourse among gentlemen interested in science, literature, painting and music in Blackheath and the neighbourhood’ (1). The Bennett Park building was completed in 1886 and formed both artists’ studios and exhibition space.

Neil Rhind’s fantastic book on Blackheath village has an interesting section on the Art Club, it had biannual exhibitions which he describes as ‘Blackheath’s alternative to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy’ (2).

One of the other organisations that met at the Arts Club was the Blackheath Essay and Debating…

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