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Lee - Property For Sale and Rent
Lee cannot be overlooked any longer for it’s plush village neighbour in Blackheath. A little gem of south-east London, Lee Green is a lovely, green and interesting area of its own.
If rumors are true, Leegate Shopping Centre may soon be replaced with a huge supermarket as part of an £80 million regeneration plan. Once a busy retail centre in the 60s, has since become unloved, with many of the shops unused and neglected.
The proposal, put forward by the current owners St Modwen Properties PLC, includes the demolition of the current shopping precinct to be replaced with a smaller foodstore alternative to the larger Sainsbury’s opposite, while shops and cafés will predominantly cater for daily local needs. A gym and community centre will ensure activity during the evenings, as will the presence of a new residential community. The current scheme also includes office space, helping to ensure the development is sustainable.
What some might not know is that Lee Green has quite the illustrious history. Sir Francis Baring, founder of Baring Brothers Bank, bought the Manor House in Manor Lane in 1796 and the area has also been home to famous actors of the past and present including Max Wall, the actor and comedian and Jude Law.
If you lived in the early nineteenth century, boxing matches took place at the Old Tiger’s Head, which was actually located directly opposite the current Old Tiger’s Head (confusingly, the original pub is thought to have been built on the site currently occupied by the New Tiger’s Head). The Old Tiger’s Head was an important feature for local residents as a mail and coaching inn.
The New Tiger’s Head started life as a beer shop, known in the 1830s as the Tiger Tavern. Horse racing and foot racing (undertaken by us human folk) took place in the 1840s, although police put a stop to these activities under pressure from local residents. At this time the green (of Lee Green) was the centre of village life with cricket matches, bare-knuckle boxing and other entertainments.
In the 1850s, further house-building prompted the installation of proper sewers and the Lee Green horse pond was filled in, much to the dismay of local equestrian fans, of which there would have been many at the time. In the 1860s, developer John Pound erected houses in the south-east quadrant – Orchard Terrace on Eltham Road and Crown Terrace on Burnt Ash Lane.
These period properties make great family homes for those in the know. Burnt Ash Hill is a wide, tree-lined road close to a cluster of local shops which offers easy accessibility to transport links at Lee station for trains into London Bridge and Waterloo. Now is the time to invest in this area before the regeneration sparks the interest of those who have yet to discover this lovely area.
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