As with most of London’s suburbs, Lee’s development took off in the 19th century, once the train station was built. This south London district is located between Lewisham and Eltham, and is characterised by leafy scenery and the large clock tower that sits on the green. It was once a well-known haunt for bare knuckle fighting and boxing as well as human and horse racing, however this was all stopped in 1840. Houses and department stores were constructed throughout the decades that followed, although many of the older developments have since been knocked down to make way for newer venues, such as the Leegate Shopping Centre which was built on the site of a row of Victorian cottages.
Your All In London guide to Lee