1 - 6 Bath Place, Blackheath, c. 1938


Bath Place was one of several groups of working men's houses in or close to Blackheath Village.

They were mainly occupied by laundresses, carpenters and others engaged in serving the needs of the wealthy residents.

Built in stages from the 1790s, the Bath Place cottages were ill drained and poorly supplied with water which was only available from a pump in the roadway.

There were four deaths from cholera in Blackheath during the summer of 1849, "... two at a filthy spot called Bath Place".

Lewisham included most of the surviving cottages in its slum clearance programme in 1939 and the rest were destroyed by a V2 rocket in March 1945.

See historic maps of Blackheath