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Welcome to Blackheath Village, one of the largest areas of common land in Greater London. As an independent group of local business owners, we are passionate about the enhancement of this village, as an expanding hub of trade, and the sustainability of its vibrant community atmosphere. To ensure consistent year-round visitors we aim to create a portal where local business can exploit the power of group social media and targeted marketing in one central location.

We also aim to give people more of a journey of what Blackheath Village has to offer, through video content.

SUPPORT US

If you would like to help support our businesses and community in the way of sponsorship please contact us at info@blackheathvillage.co.uk

A BIT ABOUT OUR HISTORY

A historically significant meeting place dating back to the early eleventh century, the beautiful village of Blackheath has been popularly though incorrectly known as a mass burial ground for the victims of the Black Death. The correct translation from old English refers to the dark soil which lies beneath it, and was formerly known as ‘Bleak heath’.

The breadth of its open space enabled the heath to be a befitting site for the assembly of armies and rebels alike. The Danes encamped here in 1011 during their struggle against the Saxons, forming a cavern known as ‘the point’ on the ascent of Greenwich Park as a retreat. Watt Tylers anti-poll tax rebels amassed a 100,000 strong crowd on the mount in 1381 before they marching into London, and Jack Cade led 20,000 Kent and Essex Yeoman from Blackheath in 1450 in opposition to Henry VI and his higher taxes.

The only known conflict here was the Battle of Blackheath Field in 1497; a Cornish rebellion due to taxes from Scottish wars where 2000 slain are reportedly buried beneath the heath at Whitefield Mount.

Thankfully there have been large crowds here for peaceful reasons too; Mayors of London have used Blackheath to welcome monarchs here including Richard II and Elizabeth I. Unfortunately not every visitor to Blackheath was a welcome one: a report from October 1735 claimed that the village was a dangerous area to cross following the recent exploits of the notorious highwaymen Rowden and Turpin.

HIDDEN TREASURES

Local legend has it that three caves exist beneath the heath; discovered by a local builder in 1780, who turned them into a tourist attraction. Transformed into a Victorian social hotspot it soon became known for its debauchery and was closed by the authorities between 1852-54. Never since reopened its exact location remains a mystery.

FAMOUS CONNECTIONS

An unknown saxophonist made his vocal debut at The Green Man pub in 1963 when their bands injured frontman was unable to perform. David Jones as he was then known was a huge hit and changed his stage name to David Bowie. And the rest as they say… Not just the starting point for the London Marathon, Blackheath is also home to some renowned organisations in sport: Location of the first Rugby Union club – The Princess of Wales public-house Home to the Royal Blackheath Golf club – The first of its kind in England!

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