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Bellingham is a neighbourhood and electoral ward in the London Borough of Lewisham, and consists mainly of social/council housing built in the 1920s on what was then farm land. Many houses have been bought by the tenants under the Right to Buy Scheme. However, the majority are still rented out to families by the London Borough of Lewisham. Although Bellingham refers to an electoral ward, the road Bellingham Road extends into the Catford South ward and is not part of the Bellingham Estate.
The River Ravensbourne runs through Bellingham, although it is either underground or part of a man-made section of the river.
The Prime Meridian passes to the east of Bellingham.
Transport and local
Bellingham has its own train station situated at the top of Randlesdown Road (near the entrance to the industrial estate). At the junction of Randlesdown Road and Bromley Road there is a bus stop aptly named Bellingham Road stop (so called due to its position at the junction of Randlesdown Road, Bromley Road and Bellingham Road). From this bus stop you can catch bus numbers 208 (Lewisham, Catford, Orpington), 54 (Woolwich, Elmers End), 136 (Grove Park, Peckham) and N47 (London Bridge, Lewisham, St Mary Cray).
The number 336 bus runs through the 'heart' of the Bellingham Estate, starting at Catford (Thomas Lane) and terminating in Locksbottom travelling through Downham and Bromley.
Randlesdown Road serves as a mini 'High Street' for Bellingham providing a local supermarket, men's and women's hair dressers, dry cleaner, off licence, newsagent, fish and chip shop, pub, various takeaways and a recently built gym (situated on Bellingham playing fields).
Nearest railway stations