Winn's Common

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Winn's Common is a public open space in Plumstead in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, England.

The North end of Winn's Common

Tumuli[edit]

Winn Common is said to have been settled by ancient Britons. Several Bronze Age burial mounds were found in the area, as well as Roman relics. One mound remains on Winn Common, the Winn Common Tumulus.

During World War II a line of barrage balloons were sited on Winn Common to deter enemy aircraft from attacking the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.

Across Kings Highway there is a memorial to George Webb, the headmaster of Burrage Grove Boys School in 1896. Originally a drinking fountain, it has been filled in and its fittings removed.

The George Webb Memorial Fountain

At the end of the second world war many prefabricated houses were placed on Winns Common to try and alleviate the displaced from all over London. The prefabs came down in the early 1950s to be replaced by open ground and football pitches. An old hut at the North End of the common, adjacent to Kings Highway, served as the changing rooms with a tin trough and cold taps supplying the only washing facility.

Notes and references[edit]

A current page giving more details and photographs can be found at http://www.greenchain.com/learning/sites/plumstead-common.php

The Plumstead Common Environment Group's page (they include Winn's Common in their activities) is at http://www.pceg.org.uk/index.html

Coordinates: 51°28′52″N 0°5′35″E / 51.48111°N 0.09306°E / 51.48111; 0.09306