Charlton Village

Charlton Village, Greenwich

The old centre of Charlton, as opposed to the much larger and newer suburb that has since engulfed it

Charlton House

St Luke’s church was first men­tioned in 1077, when it lay at the cen­tre of an exten­sive parish. Charl­ton House was built for Sir Adam New­ton, tutor to Prince Hen­ry, the elder son of James I. The house was com­plet­ed in 1612, the year the prince died. New­ton died in 1629, leav­ing mon­ey that was used to rebuild St Luke’s.

From 1767 the manor and the house belonged to the Mary­on Wilsons, the fam­i­ly that lat­er tried to devel­op Hamp­stead Heath. In 1879 they enclosed the green in front of Charl­ton House and added it to their grounds. From around this time the sec­tion of street called the Vil­lage filled with shops. The White Swan inn was built in 1889, while the Bugle Horn was formed from three late-17th-cen­tu­ry cot­tages.

A drink­ing foun­tain and war memo­r­i­al were erect­ed at the junc­tion of the Vil­lage and Charl­ton Church Lane in 1902 and 1920 respec­tive­ly. In 1925 the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Bor­ough of Green­wich bought Charl­ton House and opened the grounds as a pub­lic park.

Charl­ton House is now a com­mu­ni­ty cen­tre and events venue, with a library and rooms avail­able for hire. How­ev­er, most of the house is not gen­er­al­ly open to the pub­lic.

Spencer Perceval, the only British prime minister to have been assassinated, spent his early childhood at Charlton House and was buried in St Luke’s churchyard in 1812.

The poet Walter de la Mare was born in the village in 1873.

Postal district: SE7
Website: Charlton House