Brockley

Good links to central London with open green spaces and wonderful views

With good fast links to town on Thameslink, you would be forgiven if you were not aware of the open spaces found in Brockley, with some parks providing excellent panoramic views across London and as far round to Kent and Surrey!

Brockley is derived from ‘Broca’s woodland clearing’, a wood where badgers are seen (broc is the Old English for badger) or Brook (stream) by a wood (Ley). Formerly part of the county of Kent, before becoming part of the Borough of Deptford, in 1189 and subsequently Borough of Lewisham in 1965. Just west of Brockley conservation area is Brockley railway station which is served by London Overground and Southern Trains in Travelcard Zone 2.

A variety of housing can be seen in Brockley. The area was under the bomber flight path to the London docks and the area suffered significant V-2 and other bomb damage I World War 11. The post-war blocks towards the south of Wickham Road give evidence of this. Also an anti-aircraft gun implacement was located on Hilly Fields.

Young family? This area is becoming a haven for young families, not only because of the parks but also for the number of quality schools, both primary and secondary. Independent restaurants, bars and cafés are popping up all over Brockley – now there’s no excuse to stay in town after work!

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