This page brings together all the posts on Hither Green 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 exhaustive and will be added to over time.
Boundaries – as a ‘rule of thumb’ this page will cover the area bounded by the Quaggy to the east, the railway towards Grove Park, Brownhill Road and then a line than runs north from the western edge of Mountsfield Park to Courthill and Dermody Roads. It is a bit blurred around the edges though with some of posts around football clubs in Mountsfield Park appearing on the Catford History page.
If you are wanting an overview of Hither Green history – there is a ‘Walk’ which provides a good starting point and has links to most of the posts below.
Remembering those who died on the WW2 Home Front in Lee, Hither Green & Blackheath
WW1 Gotha Attack – bombing of Leahurst Road, part of wider piece mainly on Sydenham
First Day of the Somme – post on some of the local young men who lost their lives at Gommecourt
Fernbrook Road V1 attack – the death, damage and post war reconstruction relating to a dooblebug attack in June 1944
The Hither Green station V-1 attack – larger scale devastation and reconstruction on the other side of the railway
Rivers, Streams & Lakes
The Quaggy – Lee Green to Manor Park – the urban river passing between Victorian and Edwardian houses and two of south London’s finest parks
The Quaggy – Manor Park to the Ravensbourne – the final stretch into Lewisham as it flows from Hither Green into Lewisham, stopping briefly to listen to Kate Bush
Hither Green Quaggy/Ditch– joins the Quaggy in Hither Green and has a small tributary which flows under Hither Green station and a bigger one flowing through the Corbett Estate
On the Street
Hocum Pocum Lane – Dermody Road, before it was Dermody Road
Thomas Dermody – the name behind the road name
W J Scudamore – a building firm working in the area from the late 19th century to the 1960s, inlcuding several Hither Green streets
Bullseye Cottage – an odd looking Victorian cottage on Hither Green Lane
The Butcher, the Baker and the Disney Store – Shopping through the years on Staplehurst Road
Parks, Leisure and Sport
Globe Cinema – a cinema in Staplehurst Road
The Sir David Brewster Pub (latterly Hansbury’s) – a history of a closed pub
Hilda ‘Laddie’ Sharp – Hither Green’s 1920s Channel Swimmer
The Corbett Estate
North Park – the farm that predated the Corbett Estate
A Victorian Walk around the Corbett Estate with one of Charles Booth’s researchers
There are some more posts on the Corbett Estate in Catford History
A Hither Green Miscellany
Hither Green Rails Crash – the 1967 crash close to St Mildred’s Road bridge that claimed the lives of 49 passengers
Park Fever Hospital – Hither Green’s hospital
Hither Green & the Black Death – an early settlement in the area and its links in name to Lewisham’s first council houses.
Garibaldi in Lewisham – Criterion Biscuits which was originally, next to the station in Staplehurst Road
McMillan Sisters – pioneers of nursery education who lived in George Lane
Suffragette City – Lee and Hither Green – covers the full range suffragette activities from pillar box ‘outrages’, to the arson of a cricket club and jam making
Following the Meridian II – Into Inner London – through Hither Green and Lee to St Margaret’s Churchyard, part of a wider ‘trip’ from the edge of London to the Observatory
The Leahurst Road Murder – the sad story of a WW2 murder with links back to a WW1 tragedy
Fox & Sons – the ‘ghost sign’ of a former Farnborough brewery sign on Hither Green Lane
Hither Green Methodist Church – a church destroyed during World War 2
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Notes on Photos
The picture of Bullseye Cottage is owned by Lewisham Archives and made available on the Art UK website, reproduction is allowed for the non-commercial research purposes, such as this post.