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Text Box: Royal Mail Sorting Office Sheridan Road. Now closed the buildings future as yet unknown
Text Box: Congregational Church Picardy Road
Text Box: La Tour de France est arrivé à Belvedere
July 2009
Text Box: Lest We Forget. Memorial to Belvederes’ Heroes
1914-18  1939-45
All Saints Church  Nuxley Road
Text Box: It is little known that Lesness Abbey is actually within the boundaries of Belvedere (DA17). This site is the most clearly defined link with our historical past

Two Roundabouts encapsulate what BELVEDERE is about.

The obvious one is new and on the A2016 in Lower Belvedere and features the striking Belvedere Cob and its association with the Gypsy community, and now in the centre of the commercial sector. Some 50 years ago there was nothing but marsh and Gypsy caravans where the Cob stands today.

The second older and mini roundabout sits on the A206 at the junction of Woolwich, Erith, Nuxley and Picardy Roads in the centre of the residential and shopping area.

THE OLDER ROUNDABOUT A 100 YEARS AGO The obelisk is a public toilet

Text Box: The CO-OP at the corner of Sheridan Road and Picardy Street . C 1930 Now residential flats  and houses.
Text Box: The corner of Station Road and Picardy Street c 1910 The Steel structure is a public toilet, which duplicates the one on the Woolwich Road

PHOTOGRAPHS AND OTHER MATERIAL PROVIDED BY BEXLEY LOCAL STUDIES AND ARCHIVE CENTRE, ALL SAINTS CHURCH. HENRY BISHOP, BILL MITCHELL and OTHERS.

The site is not for profit and does not accept advertisements. Feel free to copy any pictures etc, and we will acknowledge or delete any material on request.

If you have any memories and photographs you wish to share please contact; history@belvedereuk.info

The site is under development and sections will be added as time allows, where possible links to complementary web sites have been included and may be added to, All suggestions welcomed.  A link to the Cobs sculptor’s web site at

http://www.scottsculptures.co.uk/

Roundabout Belvedere

The lower Road to Erith c 1910 Note The Tram Lines

Text Box: BELVEDERE HOUSE c 1850 
Approximately on the site of Heathdene Drive Upper Park Road
THE HOUSE THAT GAVE BELVEDERE ITS NAME
Text Box: The cottage stood by the barrier into the unmade road in Halt Robin Road.  The cottage burnt down in 1952
Text Box: Picardy Road, Fremantle road on the right c 1910
A Colonel Fremantle once owned property in Belvedere. Any connection?
Text Box: Heron Hill c 1910
Text Box: The river front c 1910
Text Box: St Augustine’s School

SOME OF OUR OLDER BUILDINGS

MEMORIES OF BELVEDERE 

Text Box: Cheshunt Road c 1910
Text Box: Belvedere WW1 war casualties can be found at:
http://www.bexley.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=8802&p=0
Is a member of your family among the heroes?
Text Box: The newer Royal Alfred Seaman’s Home demolished  c1980
See the Homes web site at:
www.royalalfredseafarers.com
Text Box: Erith Road c 1938 The church like Meeting Hall stood on the corner of Upper Park Road
Text Box: THE OAKS stood in Franks Park close to the boundary fence of Elmdean. The name lends itself to part of the old Picardy Secondary School sited close by.
Text Box: Aerial View c 1955 Upper Belvedere
Centre Ground is All Saints Church, The Church Primary School (now Belvedere Police Station) and The Conservative Club. 
Text Box: Aerial view of Belvedere House c 1910
Note the vast open marshes now occupied by hideous grey monolithic sheds.
Text Box: The Splash Park c 1910
Note the Band Stand in The Recreation Ground The original pond was dug in 1908
Text Box: Driving Test Centre Woolwich Road part of the Belvedere preservation. Area  and c 1910 our police station
Text Box: Note the tram lines a major feature in Lower Belvedere c 1910
Text Box: OUR NEIGHBOURS AND OTHERS: 

Links to history and other web sites of Plumstead, Abbey Wood, Erith, etc
http://www.plumstead-stories.com/

http://www.ideal-homes.org.uk/greenwich/assets/histories/abbey-wood

http://www.ideal-homes.org.uk/bexley/assets/histories/northumberland

Also key in local places within WIKIPEADIA and visit the Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre at Bexleyheath Library or on line

A weekly update on Erith and district including historical comments can be found at

http://arthurpewtysmaggotsandwich.blogspot.co.uk

Belvedere Community Forum for more up to date info.

www.thisisbelvedere.org.uk
Seaman’s home residents 1881 at:

http://www.angelfire.com/de/BobSanders/RoyalAlfred81.html

More great Belvedere pictures and pictures for sale at:

www.flickr.com/photos/andytakersdad/965763456/   and

http://www.francisfrith.com/belvedere/

For info on Belvedere Gypsies

http://romanygenes2.webeden.co.uk/belvedere-marsh/4527736513

Belvedere  stories

http://belvederestories.co.uk/


School History Great photographs and some war time memories

http://www.bedonwell-jun.bexley.sch.uk/history.asp

Peoples war letter from Belvedere

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/24/a4392524.shtml 

Key in Belvedere Kent for some really ancient history can be researched at:

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/          

Old maps General Election constituency boundaries: Key in Belvedere

http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/

We apologise if some of these links do not always work, but many can be accessed by keying in addresses on your keyboard or via a Google search.

UPDATED JUNE 2015

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Text Box: Lessness Heath and Northumberland Heath were commons of Erith, used for grazing the flocks and herds of the village. In 1812 the heaths were enclosed to allow the growing of corn. However 9 acres were reserved as common land. This was reduced by the creation of Belvedere Recreation ground in 1908, so that the small triangle of land in front of THE Prince of Wales pub is all that remains of the original heath.
Text Box: BOSTALL PARK ESTATE AD. C 1930

THE BELVEDERE COB

As a temporary measure pending the development of  a new web site linked to Facebook and Twitter  I have included personal and other observations in relation to proposals to build two road crossings at Gallions Reach (Thamemead) and at Belvedere, both of which will have a major impact in Belvedere (DA17) (SEE RIVER CROSSINGS)