- Lee, London
infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
constituency_westminster= Lewisham East
Lee (also Lee Green) is a suburb and electoral ward in the
London Borough of Lewishamin south-east London. It lies to the east of Lewisham, approximately one mile south of Blackheath village. Lee is within the SE12postcode and was originally its post town.
It had (until 2006) two
public houses with almost identical names - "The Old Tiger's Head" and "The New Tiger's Head" - facing each other on opposite sides of the same road. Folklorestates that The Old Tiger's Head is in fact the newer of the two.
A small part of Lee, around
Horn ParkLane and Alnwick Road, is in the London Borough of Greenwich. On the Green itself is a clock towerreminiscent of Big Ben(called "Little Ben") and others prevalent in London, such as the Highbury Clock.
The Manor of Lee was a historic parish of the Blackheath hundred and existed up to 1900 when it was merged with the parish of
Lewishamto create the Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham. While modern Lee is centred on Lee railway stationand the road of Burnt Ash Hill, the parish was based around Lee High Road which today stretches into the town centre of Lewisham. The River Quaggyformed much of the boundary between the two parishes, though at Lee Bridge (at the western end of Lee High Road) it is now almost completely hidden.
Francis Baring, founder of Baring Brothers Bank, bought the Manor House (attributed to architect Richard Jupp) in Manor Lane (now a library and its grounds a public park, Manor House Gardens) in 1796.
Henry Thomas Buckle, English historianand authorof "A History of Civilization" was born in Lee.
Poet Ernest Dowsonwas also born in Lee.
James Robertson Justicewas born in Lee in 1907.
Gregory Pagebuilt a large mansion house (demolished in 1787) at Wricklemarsh in Lee.
Reggie Schwarz, South African cricketer, was born in Lee.
* Stanley Unwin, publisher, lived in Handen Road.
* Actor and comedian
* Celebrity and 'singer' Chico.
A20 road(Lee High Road, Eltham Road)
A2212 road(Burnt Ash Road, Burnt Ash Hill)
A205 road(Westhorne Avenue, St. Mildreds Road, South Circular Road)
* [http://www.lewisham.myzen.co.uk/gallery/ Lee Photographs]
* [http://lewisham.myzen.co.uk/blackheath/ Lee Discussion Forum]
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