Ladywell is a small neighbourhood in Lewisham, with a village feel. It has a lot to offer for those looking for a peaceful neighbourhood as the high street has a post office, greengrocers, cafés, pubs, and a local meat shop called Meat Jon Butcher. The area is gifted with Hilly Fields and Ladywell Fields, which is a nine-minute walk from Ladywell station; both parks are great for walks, exercise and also provide a welcoming environment for children to play.
The area is dominated by period homes as most were built after the arrival of the railway station in the mid-19th century; the only modern home located in this area are the flats by Ladywell Road. Samuel J Jerrard had a great impact on Ladywell in the 1880s and 1890s building what we now known as Ladywell conservation area, creating generously sized homes with rich architectural detailing.
Interesting facts about Ladywell
The workhouse water tower still stands today, though it has been converted into residential use.
Ladywell station opened on the Mid-Kent Railway in 1857.
Former bassist for the Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman, was born in Ladywell.
Ladywell Live Society aims to improve the area and promote local events by giving local informative news.
Attractions in Ladywell
Ladywell is very close to Forest Hill; this gives residents of Ladywell the opportunity to visit attractions such as the Horniman Museum and Gardens at no cost. The museum has an extensive collection of natural history, musical instruments and anthropology; it also hosts a variety of exhibitions, concerts, festivals, workshops and activities.
There are also various theatres nearby such as The Broadway Theatre in Catford, The London Theatre in New Cross and The Albany in Deptford, all of which host a range of exciting events.
Over the last 45 years, Brockley Society have been organising the Hilly Fields Midsummer Fayre; this is a community event with food, drink stalls and various fun activities such as train rides for children and a farm. As Brockley is just short of a mile away, residents from Ladywell are welcomed to this event as this provides the chance for locals from both areas to socialise. Another recommended community event is the Lady Fields Summer Festival which usually includes music, face painting and various other activities.
Hilly Fields Park is considered as one of the best parks in London. It offers various facilities such as an outdoor gym, tennis courts and basketball courts, giving people many ways to stay healthy and active which is great for those who wish to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. The park has a mud kitchen and playground to keep children entertained. Within the playground, there is an old manual water pump which helps to maintain the wet sandy area. The park also has a café which has proved to be popular amongst the local residents.
Additionally, Ladywell Fields has a large amount of green space and in 2008, underwent redevelopment with subsequent new features such as a tennis court, café and playground which has provided locals with more amenities. This redevelopment has been well received by local residents and in 2011, it won an award for ‘Best New Space’ in the London Planning Awards.
For the café lovers, Le Delice located on the high street is a French boulangerie patisserie. The café is inspired by traditional family values and good old fashion hospitality. The high street is home to local institutions such as Mama Dough, the Ladywell Tavern and Geddie’s Hair & Beauty.
Major developments in Ladywell
In 2013, Ladywell underwent major renovations, creating wider pedestrian pavements and new roadside trees. There has also been an interesting proposal for the Ladywell Clocktower which is a Grade II building. Guildmore Developers will be partnering with Curzon delivering a mixed-use scheme of properties and various commercial units on site. The proposals include a four-screen Curzon cinema, a restaurant/cafe within the Playtower, affordable workspace for local residents and 33 new homes.
Education in Ladywell
Gordonbrook is a primary school within the area which provides education for pupils aged 3-11 years old and has been rated ‘outstanding’ amongst other state schools in the area such as Holbeach, St Saviour’s RC and St Mary’s CE. Prendergast Ladywell, Prendergast Hilly Fields, Trinty Church of England School and Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College covers primary, secondary and sixth form.
For more information about the performance of the schools in the area, please visit gov.uk.
Places of worship in Ladywell
There are currently no churches in Ladywell, however, there are many in Lewisham, Catford and Brockley.
Photos of Ladywell
Who is this area good for?
Source the Area think this area is a particularly good fit for families.
Partner estate agent in Ladywell
Average property prices in Ladywell
These property prices are shared with Lewisham, since they use the same postcode
Nearby station at Lewisham
Nearby stations at Honor Oak and Brockley
Ladywell – 10 mins to London Bridge, 25 mins to London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street
122 to Crystal Palace/Plumstead
P4 to Brixton/Lewisham
Easy access to the South Circular Road (A205), and then on to the A2 and A20 for Canterbury/Dover and Folkestone respectively
The Waterlink Way is a car-free cycle route that starts in Sydenham and leads all the way up to Deptford and Greenwich, through Ladywell Fields
Best roads in Ladywell
Crime in Ladywell
The Met police are doing a tremendous job in the area. Ladywell is one of the best areas in the borough when it comes to crime, with the top three commonly reported crimes being harassment, theft from vehicle and residential burglary. There are 6 crimes a month per 1,000 residents. For more information and crime prevention advice, please visit Met Police.