15 Facts About Eltham


Eltham is a district of southeast London, England, within the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

FactSnippet No. 934,978

Eltham was a civil parish of Kent until 1889 when it became part of the County of London and from 1900 formed part of the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich.

FactSnippet No. 934,979

The metropolitan borough was abolished in 1965 and Eltham then became part of the then London Borough of Greenwich.

FactSnippet No. 934,980

The centre of Eltham is on a plateau at about the 60m level with the High Street running along its centre.

FactSnippet No. 934,981

Eltham Palace occupies a commanding position on the edge of the scarp.

FactSnippet No. 934,982

Eltham has an unusually high quotient of green space, with large areas of woodland to the north and east, including the historic woodland of Shooters Hill and Oxleas Wood, the Woodlands Farm community holding, Eltham Parks north and south and extensive parkland heading into Avery Hill park.

FactSnippet No. 934,983

In 2007, the new Eltham Centre opened just off the High Street including council offices and a new swimming pool and incorporating the early 20th century library.

FactSnippet No. 934,984

Eltham Society was founded in 1965 with the aim of "Preserving the past, Conserving the present, and Protecting the future".

FactSnippet No. 934,985

Primary schools in Eltham include: Alderwood, Christ Church, Deansfield, Gordon, Middle Park, Ealdham, Eltham C of E, Gordon, Haimo, Henwick, Holy Family, Kidbrooke Park, St Mary's, St Thomas More and Wingfield.

FactSnippet No. 934,986

Secondary schools in Eltham include Eltham Hill School for Girls, Harris Academy Greenwich, St Thomas More Catholic School and Stationers' Crown Woods Academy .

FactSnippet No. 934,987

In 1654, three men were prosecuted at Eltham for playing cricket on a Sunday, one of the sport's earliest references.

FactSnippet No. 934,988

Eltham has a Non-League football club Cray Valley Paper Mills F C, which plays at Badgers Sports Ground in Middle Park.

FactSnippet No. 934,989

Trains through Eltham terminate at London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street or London Victoria in a westerly direction, and Crayford, Dartford, Slade Green, Gravesend, Gillingham or Rochester in an easterly direction.

FactSnippet No. 934,990

Back streets of Eltham have been largely traffic-calmed by the local Council, but there are chronic rat-runs as many of the measures are ineffective or insufficient.

FactSnippet No. 934,991

Eltham Green is one of the few places in south London served by National Express coaches.

FactSnippet No. 934,992