Having visited Catford and Ladywell, we now move further north along the River Ravensbourne to the historic village of Lewisham. Probably the name derives from Leofsa's village (or liefshema - dear son's home), although laeswe ham (meadow village) is also a candidate. A village until the spread of London overtook it, it was given to the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter of Ghent in 918 by Elfrida, King Alfred's daughter. It continued to be foreign owned until Henry V pinched it back. Always a prosperous area (hence no doubt Henry's interest), it has long been famous for its mile long High street.
Food: Being a Friday, the availability of pub food is problematic. However, there are plenty of eating establishments on route for those feeling peckish.
Travel: Lewisham is less than 10 minutes journey from London Bridge Station. Trains are numerous, running from and to Charing X - Waterloo East - London Bridge. During rush hour there are also several loop line trains from Holborn Viaduct - Blackfriars - Elephant and Castle (eg 17.11, 17.51 and 17.50). Last trains back to London are at 23.06, 23.14, 23.21 and 23.30. Buses are 1, 21, 36, 36B, 47, 54, 108, 108B, 122, 178, 180, 181, 185, 185B, 208, P4, N47, N79, N82 and N85. Tires of leaving pubs are in ( ).
On leaving the station, walk ahead down Junction Approach to the main road, where you turn left. A short walk brings you to....
1. THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE - 52 Lewisham High St (6.20)
Beers: Taylor Walker and Burton
A large, one-bar, corner pub. Fairly unspoilt with a varied clientele.
On leaving, turn left into Lewisham High St and a few yards on is....
2. THE PLOUGH - 2 Lewishaa High St (6.50)
Beers: Wethereds and Flowers
A busy, split-level, one-bar pub catering for the young. The lower section is decked out as a "Raj" gin club. Has a garden for us to sit in if the weather allows. Also has an old Wurlitzer juke box with appropriately old records.
On leaving, turn left, go under the railway bridge and up the hill (Lewisham Rd) to....
5. THE SYDNEY ARMS - 122 Lewisham Rd (7.50)
Beers: Courage Best
A medium-sized, friendly, family local. Has one bar but with a section at the back partitioned off. Clientele like to play darts as there are two dart boards.
On leaving, cross the road and go back down the hill until you reach....
4. THE ANCHOR - l65 Lewisham Road (8.10)
Beers: Flowers and Green King Abbot
A small, busy local catering for those who like to drink beer without musical accompaniment. Used to serve more beers but now seems to restrict itself to two.
On leaving, turn left and trek down the High St to Lee High Rd. Turn left again and the next pub is on the corner with Belmont Hill and opposite Lewisham Bowling Alley.
5. THE WHITE HORSE - 1 Lee High Rd (8.50)
Beers: Courage Best and Directors
Spacious, 17th century ex-coaching inn. Basically a one-bar pub with semi- partitioned sections. Recently redecorated but fortunately has not been spoiled.
On leaving, cross Lee W-gh Rd, turn left and along to....
6. THE SULTAN - 14 Lee High Rd (9.50)
Beers: Courage Best and John Smith's
A small, woodpanelled, two-bar pub dating from the 1880s. Surprisingly unspoilt with reasonably priced beer. And now for the last pub. Retrace your steps to Lewisham High St, cross the road and turn right back towards the station until you come to Rennell St and...
7. THE ROEBUCK - 24 Rennell St
Beers: Green King Abbot and Marstons Pedigree
Busy, almost 'yuppie' pub selling strong beer. Has a very difficult quiz machine for those who feel lucky. Those with us when we played the Ten-pin Bowling club will remember it.
See you on the l6th. John Carter, Dave SafferyBack to 1989 Trips