Woolwich & Districts
PLUMSTEAD IN DAYS GONE BY
For the information of the younger
fraternity living in Plumstead, I will now
describe the place as it was in the early
We will start from lower Durham
Road. On the right of this
road, coming up, was a beautiful park called
Tongues Field running as far as Plumstead
Common. In front of Waverley Road, running down
to the bottom of Griffin Road, where there were
only four houses at that time, was nothing but
market fields and meadows. Now carry on a bit
further, where Parkdale Road and Chesnut Rise
are, was a park called Moraley Park. In line
with the Slade Hollow there was an orchard with
a cottage standing in the centre called Sweet
Briar Cottage where a man by the name of Weeks
lives who was noted for his display of grapes.
Upon the other side at the top of
Lakedale Road was an old cottage. It was a
familiar sight to see the owner, Mr Turner,
going to and from the stream in the Hollow
carrying water up this steep incline in pails
attached to a yoke on his shoulders.
I thought the foregoing would really
enlighten some of our readers of the "Local Rag"
as to what Plumstead looked like in days gone
by. - Yours faithfully.
Henry G Hiseman
179a Upper Wickham Lane, Welling.
(From a newspaper article)
See also the page Can you help for
more information on the Hiseman family.
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Hiseman's family Plumstead/Woolwich connections
please contact Pete