28 George Lane, Catford, 1979


The houses and cottages known originally as George Place, on the south side of George Lane close to the George Inn, were built c.1815.

The developer was the architect William Holmes, who lived in Rushey Green.

The cottages were clearly intended for agricultural labourers, but for the larger houses like No.28, Holmes probably had commuters or retired city people in mind.

Coach services to town called regularly at the George Inn.

Photograph taken in July 1979.

A Reader Comments:

I have lived at 28 George Lane for 10 years. It was converted into two flats in 1969. The photograph shows the upstairs middle room converted to a bathroom and, unfortunately, neither the upper nor lower flat has retained the window shutters.

There is a plot of land behind the property which, I suspect, must have been farmland at one time, then turned into the garden for the whole house.

After clearing away a great deal of rubbish I discovered a network of paths, one seventy feet of solid slate, sadly cracked by root disturbance, and another with inlaid bricks along with old clay post holes for a series of archways or gateways.

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