History of the buildings in the borough

Historic buildings, places and the people and events associated with them, provide a record that aids our understanding of the past and helps define Lewisham's identity today. While the general impression of the borough is of a mass of small and medium-sized housing, built from the mid-19th century onwards, a closer examination reveals more exciting material.

Here is a brief outline of the historical development of the borough, a selection of its architectural heritage and highlights and some of its better known personalities from the past.

The buildings included in this section have been selected as good examples of a particular type or use of building. The selection illustrates the range of periods, different forms and variety of styles these building types take. By taking this approach it is possible to illustrate the great diversity of historic buildings in the borough. Many of the buildings are statutorily listed as being of special architectural or historic interest.

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