I have a strong affinity with South East London: my paternal great-grandparents lived in Greenwich, and both my grandparents and great aunt and uncle lived in the same family house when they were first married, while the Catford/Lewisham area was home to three generations on my mother’s side. My mother and father taught for a combined total of more than 50 years in South East London, while I myself was born and grew up in Bromley and have been based in Blackheath since March 2014.
Blackheath is a small village located on the border of the boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich. The area is steeped in history and is one of the largest areas of common land in Greater London. The Heath extends from Lewisham in the south-west and Blackheath in the south up to Greenwich Park, which contains the Royal Observatory, the location of the prime meridian.