August 14, 2008

LEG Blackheath

Blackheath is a relatively new (newer than Highgate) and affluent community. Many Georgian and Victorian homes, including the prestigious Paragon Crescent (now flats), were built on the (John) Cator Estate overlooking Blackheath Park.

Because of its proximity to the Royal Observatory in Greenwhich, a number of astronomers lived in Blackheath: Sir Edmond Halley, John Pond, and Nathaniel Bliss are all buried in St. Margaret's church yard. This photograph of Halley's gravestone was taken from IanVisits blog.

All Saints Parish Church was built in 1857.
St Michael and All Angels Church was built in 1830 and the spire is nicknamed the "Needle of Kent."
One of the stranger homes in Blackheath is The Pagoda House built in 1760 for the Earl of Cardigan.

Morden College was founded in 1695 by Sir John Morden as a house for merchants who became destitute through no fault of their own (e.g., their ship did NOT come in). Now women and married couples may also reside in Morden College.

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