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Beautiful Blackheath; Filled with Connections

Blackheath and surrounding areas

All Saints Church, built on the heath in 1867.
All Saints Church, built on the heath in 1867.
A beautiful sunset!
In the snow.
A storm brews over the heath, looking the other way, the sky was clear and sunny!
In the heat of Summer 2010, the grass turned to straw!
Shooter's Hill arises to the east of Blackheath.
Looking down Tranquil Vale into the heart of the village. The brethren had a book store on the left here at no 62. I have several books in my collection which bear the mark of the 'Gospel Book Store'.
Looking through the village, past the railway line. Bennett Park is on the left, just out of view.
Looking back down from the top of the village; Bennett Park with the old Alexandra Hall in the centre, on the right side of the road as we look.
The Conservatoire
Blackheath Halls
Looking back from Lee Terrace; Henry Forbes Witherby lived here on the right at No. 48, sadly that house now gone.
St Michael's Church on the Cator Estate. Known as the 'Needle of Kent' because of its high, thin steeple.
The Paragon.
Morden College.


William Kelly commented upon the construction of All Saints Church, in a lecture on Job, in 1903. The church had been built by encroachment upon the common land.

"Job describes these anomalies that are going on now. He says, "Some remove the landmarks." That is not at all an uncommon thing. We have the evidence of it all round about us in London now. There are people that have encroached upon - taken the common land of this very Blackheath. There you see in various parts of it where people somehow or other have encroached; they have laid hold upon what does not belong to them. But it has gone on so long that the law cannot touch them. There they are in possession; and we know that is a great thing in the eyes of lawyers although it is quite contrary to law in itself, but still they cannot touch them. And there are all these anomalies constantly going on - even in the face of all the censure of the law; here we have it. If we were in Cornwall or in the south of Ireland nobody would be astonished; there are plenty of anomalies there; but here you have it in London before your eyes."


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