Grove Park, Lewisham
Grove Park is a suburban area and electoral ward in south east London, England with parts within the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Bromley. It is located north east of Bromley and south west of Eltham.
Early development grew up around Grove Park railway station in the 19th century, though there had been settlements located here since Celtic times. Much of it consists of a housing estate built by the Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham in the 1920s. A workhouse was built in the area in 1902. After use by the Army during the First World War it became Grove Park hospital, which has now been redeveloped as a housing estate. There are a two public parks in the area, the largest of which is Chinbrook Meadows, through which the River Quaggy flows northward. The Quaggy runs through and joins the second park known as Mottingham playing feilds (colloqually known as 'Foxes') which borders the neighbouring Mottingham area. Grove Park is also home to part of the Green chain walk, linking Londons green spaces as well as Elmstead woods.
Grove Park station serves the area of Grove Park and Downham with frequent Metro services to London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street, Sevenoaks, Orpington and a shuttle service to Bromley North. The station and the trains serving it are operated by Southeastern.
Grove Park is served by several Transport for London bus routes and also has a bus station. Routes 136, 181, 261, 273 and 284 serve the bus station whilst 124, 126, 136, 181, 261, 284 and night bus N136 serve Grove Park train station which is one bus stop away. Routes 136 and 181 terminate in the bus station.
- 124 to Eltham via Mottingham or Catford via Downham, Walters Road and Sandhurst Road.
- 126 to Eltham via Mottingham or Bromley South via Plaistow Green and Bromley North.
- 136 to Elephant & Castle via Downham, Catford Bus Garage, Catford, Ladywell, Lewisham and New Cross.
- 181 to Lewisham via Downham, Southend Lane, Lower Sydenham, Catford and Hither Green.
- 261 to Lewisham via Lee Station and Lee Green or Locksbottom Princess Royal Hospital via Plaistow Green, Bromley town centre and Bromley Common.
- 273 to Lewisham Tesco via Lee Station, Lee Green, Lewisham town centre and Lewisham station or Petts Wood via Chislehurst and St. Mary's Cray.
- 284 to Grove Park Cemetery or Lewisham via Downham, Northover, Sandhurst Road, Catford, Ravensbourne Park and Ladywell.
Grove Park is mostly covered by the SE12 postcode district; as Lee was originally the district name for SE12, residents and other localities in Grove Park sometimes include Lee as part of their address. About one tenth of the area of Grove Park ward in its southeast corner, containing Chinbrook Estate, is within the SE9 postcode district. There are two post office branches in Grove Park, both are on the west side of Baring Road one near the train station and the other about 1.5 km (0.93 mi) to the north of the station near Northbrook Park.
There are four main churches in the area representing different denominational persuasions and worship styles.
City of Faith Church is located at the church hall on Mayeswood Road in the Grove Park Estate, and backs onto Chinbrook Meadows. This is a Pentecostal church, part of the Assemblies of God, with a connected part-time training centre called Global Institute: www.globalinstitute.org.uk . The church leader is Rev Dr Femi Olowo.
St Augustine's Church is located at 336 Baring Road on the edge of South Lee and Grove Park. This is a Church of England. Archbishop Desmond Tutu ministered in St Augustines between 1970 and 1974. The current leader is Rev Gavin Berriman and their website is at www.staugustines-grovepark.com
Kings Church Downham is located at 20 The Green, Downham Way. This church is a Charismatic church and part of the New Frontiers network. It is one of three sites that makes up Kings church London, which is led by Steve Tibbert, The Site leader of the Downham church is Ben Welchman
Burnt Ash Methodist Church is located on Burnt Ash Hill on the edge of South Lee and Grove Park. Its website is www.burntashchurch.org.uk.
Famous former residents
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There are two primary schools located in the catchment area, Marvels Lane & coopers Lane School. Marvels lane school also houses a childrens centre.There is also a local secondary school which services the needs of young people in the area called Knights acadamy, formerly Malory.