London Borough of Lewisham
|London Borough of Lewisham|
|— London borough —|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Incorporated||1 April 1965|
|• Type||London borough council|
|• Body||Lewisham London Borough Council|
|• Leadership||Mayor & Cabinet (Labour)|
|• Executive mayor||Steve Bullock|
|• MPs||Jim Dowd
|• London Assembly||Len Duvall AM for Greenwich and Lewisham|
|• EU Parliament||London|
|• Total||13.57 sq mi (35.15 km2)|
|Area rank||301st (of 326)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||40th (of 326)|
|• Density||20,000/sq mi ( 7,900/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||55.7% White British
2.4% White Irish
7.1% Other White
1.7% White & Black Caribbean
0.7% White & Black African
0.7% White & Asian
1.1% Other Mixed
1.6% Other Asian
11.5% Black Caribbean
9.0% Black African
1.9% Other Black
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|Police force||Metropolitan Police|
The London Borough of Lewisham ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a London borough in south-east London, England and forms part of Inner London. The principal settlement of the borough is Lewisham. The local authority is Lewisham London Borough Council and it is based in Catford.
The Prime Meridian passes through Lewisham.
The borough was formed in 1965, by the London Government Act 1963, as an amalgamation of the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham and the Metropolitan Borough of Deptford, which had been created in 1900 as divisions of the County of London.
Minor boundary changes have occurred since its creation. The most significant amendments were made in 1996, when the former area of the Royal Docks in Deptford was transferred from the London Borough of Greenwich.
The borough is surrounded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to the east, the London Borough of Bromley to the south and the London Borough of Southwark to the west. The River Thames forms a short section of northern boundary with the Isle of Dogs in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Deptford Creek, Pool River, River Quaggy and River Ravensbourne pass through the borough. Major landmarks include All Saints Church in Blackheath, the Citibank Tower in Lewisham, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Church (Sydenham's German Church, technically located in Forest Hill), the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill and Millwall F.C. are based in the borough, their stadium The Den being located in South Bermondsey.
According to the 2001 census, Lewisham has a population of 248,922. Its population is 66% White, 12% Black Caribbean, and 9% Black African. Fifty percent of households are owner-occupiers.
Civic affairs 
The motto of the borough is "Salus Populi Suprema Lex", which means (roughly translated) "The Welfare of the People is the first great Law".
The current Chief Executive is Barry Quirk. The borough is administered by the four directorates of the council: Children and Young People, Community Services, Customer Services, and Resources & Regeneration.
The borough is twinned with the following towns:
Freedom of the Borough 
The honour of Freedom of the Borough has been awarded to:
- Alan Milner Smith, OBE, Town Clerk (9 December 1971)
- Frederick William Winslade, Esq., JP, appointed OBE for services to local government in Lewisham and Camberwell New Year Honours 1967 and CBE for services to local government in Lewisham Birthday Honours 1978(28 November 1975)
- Daisy Amelia Elizabeth Hurren (10 October 1985)
- Alfred Anderson Hawkins (30 March 1990)
- The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu (4 May 1990)
- Terry Waite, CBE (16 November 1992)
- The Reverend Sybil Theodora Phoenix, MBE, MS [Medal of Service, Co-operative Republic of Guyana] (8 March 1996)
- Dame Cicely Saunders, OM, DBE (10 March 2000)
- James Leslie Hicks ('Les') Eytle (8 June 2007)
The London Borough of Lewisham is divided into 18 wards, first used in the 2002 elections, they are:
- Crofton Park
- Forest Hill
- Grove Park
- Lee Green
- Lewisham Central
- New Cross
- Perry Vale
- Rushey Green
- Telegraph Hill
Previous wards 
Previously the borough was divided into 26 wards and 6 areas, used for elections from 1978 to 1998. Some of these former wards had the same names as the present wards, but their borders were different. When the wards were revised for 2002, some became larger, absorbing others. The previous wards and areas were:
Lewisham North East
Lewisham North West
Lewisham South East
Lewisham South West
London Borough Council 
Unlike in most English districts, Lewisham's council is led by a directly-elected mayor. The system was established at the 2002 council elections, and has now run for three mayoral elections, all of which Steve Bullock has won for the Labour party. The current number of councillors after the last local election is Labour 40, Liberal Democrats 12, Conservative 2 and Green Party 1.
Westminster Parliament 
These are the MPs who have represented constituencies covered by the borough since its formation in 1964. Note that constituencies change their boundaries over time, even where names remain the same.
|Heidi Alexander||Labour||Lewisham East||2010–Present|
|Christopher Chataway||Conservative||Lewisham North||1964-66|
|James Dickens||Labour||Lewisham West||1966-70|
|Jim Dowd||Labour||Lewisham West||1992–present|
|John Selwyn Gummer||Conservative||Lewisham West||1970-74 (Feb)|
|Carol Johnson||Labour||Lewisham South||1964-74 (Feb)|
|Patrick McNair-Wilson||Conservative||Lewisham West||1964-66|
|John Maples||Conservative||Lewisham West||1983-92|
|Roland Moyle||Labour||Lewisham North
|Colin Moynihan||Conservative||Lewisham East||1983-92|
|Bridget Prentice||Labour||Lewisham East||1992–2010|
|Christopher Price||Labour||Lewisham West||1974 (Feb)-79|
|Joan Ruddock||Labour||Lewisham, Deptford||1987–present|
Lewisham station, once known as Lewisham Junction, is located at the junction of the lines to Dartford and Hayes, and is also the terminus of the southern branch of the Docklands Light Railway. The East London Line (on the London Underground network) terminated at New Cross and New Cross Gate until December 2007. An extension to this line opened on the 23 May 2010, serving, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, and Sydenham. This forms part of the London Overground network which is operated by National Rail.
- Deptford Bridge – on the border between Lewisham and Greenwich.
- Elverson Road – on the border between Lewisham and Greenwich.
There are no Tube stations in the borough, as the East London Line is now part of London Overground.
Main roads The South Circular Road passes through the centre of the borough from the border with Dulwich in the west to Eltham in the east. Except for a short section in Lee as it approaches Eltham, it is purely a one-lane-each-way road.
Sport and leisure 
See also 
- Data Management and Analysis Group, Greater London Authority, Demography Update October 2007, (2007)
- Vision of Britain - Lewisham LB
- OPSI – The Greenwich and Lewisham (London Borough Boundaries) Order 1993
- Supplement to the London Gazette 1 January 1967, p. 15
- Supplement to the London Gazette 3 June 1978, p. 6237
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