13 Facts About Abbey Wood


Abbey Wood is an area in south east London, England, straddling the border between the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the London Borough of Bexley.

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The Abbot of Lesnes Abbey Wood was an important local landlord, and took a leading part in draining the marshland.

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The Harrow Inn which was located on the Kent side of Abbey Wood was the place where live bands would play in their hall; it was the scene of a nightly migration as drinkers would relocate to the Abbey Arms each night, as Kentish closing times used to be 10.

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Abbey Wood was suggested as a site for a cemetery serving east London at a time of burial crisis in the capital.

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Between 1955 and 1959 the London County Council built the Abbey Wood Estate starting with one road south of the railway and later extending on the northern side on former Royal Arsenal marshland.

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Abbey Wood has benefited from the opening of the DLR station at Woolwich Arsenal, whilst the next stage in the development of the area will be the construction of Crossrail, a development tipped to encourage the growth of local house prices by the time it was opened in Autumn 2019.

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Abbey Wood will be connected by The Elizabeth Line, with travel times of 11 minutes to Canary Wharf and 25 minutes to Bond Street.

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Abbey Wood has a number of parks and sports areas, including Bostall Gardens, Bostall Heath and Abbey Wood Park .

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Abbey Wood Yoga offer yoga classes at St Paul's Academy, Bostall Gardens and pop-up events in and around Abbey Wood.

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Snooker champion Steve Davis lived in Commonwealth Way, Abbey Wood and went to Alexander McLeod Primary School and Abbey Wood Secondary School.

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Abbey Wood is most commonly known for his fatal attack on Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common in 1992 and the killing of Samantha Bisset and her four-year-old daughter Jazmine at Bisset's home in Plumstead in 1993.

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Abbey Wood is believed to be the "Green Chain Rapist", who carried out at least 70 savage attacks across south-east London over a four-year period ending in 1994.

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Abbey Wood hosted London's first cable TV station, Cablevision, on Plumstead High Street, near Wickham Lane.

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