Catford History

This page attempts to bring together all the posts on Catford in one place in a way in which it is easy to see at a glance the subjects that the blog has covered.  It isn’t a complete history of Catford and will be added to over time.

Boundaries aren’t always clear but, generally, posts on this page will be those covering a SE6 postcode, but there is some overlap with the separate page on Hither Green and Lee

Lost Sports Stadia & Teams

The Mount – a former stadium in the south west corner of Mountsfield Park used by Charlton Athletic for a season in 1923/24

Catford Southend  – the team that played at The Mount for a little longer – in 2 parts – before Charlton arrived and attempted merger with Charlton and the club’s downfall

The Catford Cycling Club Velodrome – a short-lived cycling stadium and athletics track on what is now Sportsbank Street, along with some of the early history of Catford Cycling Club

London Irish in Catford – the later to be Premiership rugby club, spent several years at Laurel Brook (later Dog Field) which is in Perry Hill in the early 20th century with poor results and small crowds

Dog Field, Perry Hill – Catford’s ‘other’ greyhound ‘stadium’ also home to midget car racing – neither of which last long in the 1930s

Greyhound Stadium – one of the earliest posts in the blog, it hasn’t stood the test of time that well though (one day I’ll re-write it….)

The Corbett Estate

The Farms before the Corbett Estate – including North Park, South Park and the wonderfully named ‘Longmisery’

A Victorian Walk around the Corbett Estate as part of Charles Booth’s investigations into Victorian Poverty

The Bombing of Sandhurst Road School in a daytime 1943 attack

Frederick Taylor – A Corbett Estate Builder – built homes in Birkhall and neighbouring roads

James Watt – A Catford Builder – one of the subcontractors used by Cameron Corbett who built a lot of homes in his own right elsewhere in Catford along with a chain of cinemas



Too Young to Go to War but Old Enough to be Executed – the story of a young Catford man executed for desertion in WW1, but was too young to sign up

Possibly the Oldest World War 1 Soldier – Alfred Figes, the 79 year old World War 1 soldier from Catford

It isn’t far from Lee to Gommecourt – the story of some of the men who died on the first day of the Somme


Ghost Signs

John Campion – an almost hidden sign on Rushey Green with links to a series of businesses in Catford, Lee, Lewisham and Forest Hill

Sandhurst Road – several in the area around Sandhurst Road

A Catford Cornucopia

Excalibur Estate – a post on the pre-fab estate, written when the museum was open

Passfields – a listed social housing estate

Hither Green Quaggy or Ditch – a small stream that flowed alongside what is now Verdant Lane

The Governor General/Northover – a large pub that stood on the corner of Northover and Whitefoot Lane and its ‘walk on’ part in ‘The Long Good Friday’

The OldTown Hall – the original building, its foundation stone and a little about the man whose name appears on it –

Henry Woodham & the Catford Steamrollers – the family behind a yard on Sangley Road

Catford Studios – early film studios that were based in Southend

Elsa Lanchester, Bride of Frankenstein – star of the screen who was born in Farley Road

Ernest Dowson – the ‘decadent’ poet whose final days were spent in Sangley Road

Picture Credits – see the post linked to above for details of the credits