Elverson Road

Elverson Road, Lewisham

A residential street in St Johns, north Lewisham, and a station on the borough’s border with Greenwich

Elverson Road DLR station - roof detail

By 1371 this local­i­ty was the site of a water­mill that pro­duced steel for armour and oth­er mil­i­tary equip­ment. In 1530 Hen­ry VIII acquired the mill and the mano­r­i­al land on which it stood, and it became part of the Roy­al Armoury at Green­wich. Much lat­er, bar­rels were made here for mus­kets that were used in the Napoleon­ic Wars. When the demand for arma­ments declined the water­mill switched to silk throw­ing. Dur­ing Vic­to­ri­a’s reign gold and sil­ver thread were made at Lewisham Silk Mills for offi­cers’ uni­forms.

Elver­son Road was laid out north-west of the water­mill in the late 19th cen­tu­ry.

Reduced to mak­ing wire in its final days, the old mill closed in 1937. The build­ings were demol­ished and Con­ing­ton Road indus­tri­al estate lat­er took its place.

Elver­son Road sta­tion is only 500 yards from the DLR branch ter­mi­nus at Lewisham. The sta­tion opened ahead of sched­ule in Novem­ber 1999, at a time when most stops along the route were already see­ing sig­nif­i­cant com­mer­cial, cul­tur­al or res­i­den­tial devel­op­ments in their vicin­i­ty. Here, how­ev­er, it was sev­er­al years before much hap­pened, oth­er than the cre­ation of Elver­son Mews, which con­sists of a hand­ful of two-storey ter­raced hous­es.

The largest sub­se­quent con­struc­tion projects were the Silk­works and Sil­ver­mill apart­ment com­plex­es on Con­ing­ton Road – both built by St James Homes, a sub­sidiary of the Berke­ley Group. The two schemes (and of course the Silk Mills Path, which runs between them) take their name from his­toric incar­na­tions of the for­mer water­mill – as does Armoury Road, on the oth­er side of the riv­er, where there has also been inten­sive res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment, though on a more human scale.

The near­est school is Mor­den Mount pri­ma­ry, which seems to have suc­cess­ful­ly emerged from a peri­od of under­per­for­mance.

Brook­mill Park (known as Ravens­bourne Park from 1951 to 1965) was reland­scaped when the rail­way line was brought through and the Riv­er Ravens­bourne was rerout­ed along the park’s east­ern edge, with a slight mean­der for aes­thet­ic effect. The DLR used the old course of the riv­er.

Postal district: SE8
Station: Docklands Light Railway, Lewisham branch (zones 2 and 3)


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* The picture of Elverson Road DLR station (roof detail) on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Mike Quinn, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is hereby freely permitted under the terms of that licence.