Lee Green

Lee Green, Lewisham

Situated at the eastern end of Lee High Road, this was the original centre of Lee, which expanded north and west to meet Blackheath and Lewisham, and then south to Lee station


Tiled sign on the wall of the entrance to the Old Tiger’s Head

The Tiger’s Head pub­lic house was built in 1766 and became famous for its bowl­ing green and noto­ri­ous as a haunt of smug­glers.

In 1809 the first semi-detached hous­es were built near the green and piece­meal sub­ur­ban devel­op­ment con­tin­ued until 1825, when shops appeared and the bridge over the Quag­gy Riv­er was enlarged.

The new bridge allowed the riv­er to flow more freely, reduc­ing the risk of flood­ing, and over the fol­low­ing 40 years the vil­lage green van­ished as the local­i­ty was intense­ly built up, main­ly with small hous­es for labour­ers.

Some of the 19th-cen­tu­ry hous­ing was cleared before and after the Sec­ond World War in rede­vel­op­ment projects, the largest of which was the mixed-use Lee­gate scheme.

Lee Green has a wider choice of shops and restau­rants than might be expect­ed with Lewisham such a short dis­tance away.

At the 2011 cen­sus two-thirds of the ward’s res­i­dents clas­si­fied them­selves as white – a high­er pro­por­tion than in most of the bor­ough but down from three-quar­ters in 2001. More than 60 per cent of homes are own­er-occu­pied.

Postal district: SE3 and S12
Population: 14,573 (2011 census)
Website: Lee Green, London (local assembly site)