Blackheath, to the south-west
Park, and its 170 acres of open heath have a long
The area was a rallying point
for large groups entering London from the east. The
Danes camped at Blackheath in 101,1 and Wat Tyler's band of
rebels grouped here during the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.
It was at Blackheath that James
I introduced the game of golf from his native Scotland, to
the then sceptical English.
The heath has two ponds, one
used for boating at the weekends.
Blackheath Village, on the far
side of the heath, is worth strolling around, with Georgian
houses and terraces.
The Paragon, a crescent on the
edge of the heath, is lined with colonnaded houses dating
from the late-18th century. It was built to attract well-to-do
people to the area when Blackheath was trying to lose its
reputation as an area plagued by highwaymen. In
the early-20th century the area fell into disrepair and suffered
serious bomb damage during World War II. However, the
crescent has been fully restored to its original state.
The prettily named 'Tranquil
Vale' to the south has shops selling antiques, books and prints,
and All Saints Church has an unusually sharp spire, the appearance
of a witch's hat.