It remained a rural village until 1866 when the railway arrived and the first Eltham Station was opened.
The boundary of Eltham extends to Shooters Hill, Blackfen, Chislehurst and Lee. Within the Eltham boundary are the areas known as Well Hall, Eltham Park, Avery Hill, New Eltham, Coldharbour, Mottingham, Horn Park, Middle Park and parts of Lee.
Information courtesy of John Kennett from his book "Eltham - a Pictorial History".
We have a thriving "Eltham Society", whose aims are enshrined in their motto: Preserving the past, Conserving the present, and Protecting the future.
Today it is still primarily a residential town, surrounded by green spaces in the form of parks and woodlands. Nowhere in the area do you have to walk far before you can find yourself in one of these areas. The Green Chain Walk also runs through the area.
Although we don't have the underground, the mainline train can take you into London within 30 minutes or out to Dartford and Kent.
In February 2012, the status of "Royal Borough" was conferred on the Borough of Greenwich, their website is https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/.
Please look through our website where you can find places to stay, where to eat, attractions in and around the area plus local businesses, clubs, societies and diary of events.
Sportsmen evening - Eltham Baths, London 1949
by PA Images (c) SaG and Barratts/EMPICS Sport
400 Piece Puzzle of Entrance Hall, Eltham Palace
by Historic England
A Celebration of Eltham in Verse
by Gaynor Wingham
The Story of Royal Eltham
by Richard Robert Castell Gregory
Eltham and Woolwich Tramways (Tramways Classics)
by Robert J Harley
The Eltham Society Publications
Eltham (Archive Photographs)
by David Sleep
Discovering Tudor London: A Journey Back in Time
by Natalie Grueninger