Woolwich Area Guide
About 11 miles south-east of central London, Woolwich is all about regeneration. What some considered a ‘forgotten’ town, the landscape has definitely changed in recent years with The Royal Arsenal and its historic buildings now a new residential quarter — Royal Arsenal Riverside. More than 2,000 new homes have already been built and another 3,000 are planned. In the town centre there is a new public square, library, civic offices and a large branch of Tesco. The local council has also announced plans to redevelop three of its rundown estates — Connaught, Morris Walk, Maryon Road and Grove.
Woolwich is already well connected. There are DLR trains and Thames Clippers boats to the City and Canary Wharf and trains to London Bridge and Cannon Street, but from 2018 Woolwich will be transformed with the arrival of the much anticipated Crossrail. It is one of only two stations south of the river and it will cut the journey time to Canary Wharf to eight minutes, Liverpool Street to 14 minutes and to Bond Street to 22 minutes.
There are some great schools in the area Woodhill School, St Mary Magdalene C Of E Primary School, Windrush Primary School are just a few of the sought after schools in the area.
Historically, Woolwich has been an area dominated by social housing, although where Woolwich merges with Plumstead to the east and Charlton to the west, there are some fine roads of Victorian terrace houses.
There are converted flats in the Royal Herbert Pavilions off Shooters Hill Road. In the area at the top of Eglinton Hill, there is a small estate of Thirties semi-detached houses off Mereworth Drive, this is known as the Shrewsbury Park Conservation area.. There are enclaves of Walter Segal self-build houses at Parish Wharf on Prospect Vale and Llanover Road. Woolwich and surrounding areas certainly offer an eclectic mix of housing stock, something to suit all tastes.
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