- Shooter's Hill
infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
official_name= Shooter's Hill
constituency_westminster= Greenwich and Woolwich
postcode_district = SE18
Shooter's Hill (or Shooters Hill) is a place, and an electoral ward in the
London Borough of Greenwichin south-east London. It lies east of Blackheath and west of Welling, south of Woolwichand north of Eltham. It is one of the highest points in London.
It reputedly takes its name from the practice of
archerythere during the Middle Ages, although the name is also commonly linked to its reputation as a haunt for highwaymen.
As the name also implies, the district is centred upon a hill - one of the highest points in London convert|432|ft|m|0 - offering good views over the River
Thamesto the north, with central London clearly visible to the west. Oxleas Woodremains a public open space close to the top of the hill; there is also a golf-course and one of the last remaining areas of farmland in inner London, [http://www.thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org/ Woodlands Farm] (now an educational charity).
"Shooter's Hill Road" stretches eastwards from the heath at Blackheath up and over the hill, initially as part of the A2 road and then the A207. The road follows the route of
Watling Street, a Roman Roadlinking London with Roman settlements in north Kent. This was used as a route for horse-drawn mail-coaches linking London with Dover.
Byron's Don Juanis waylaid while romantically musing on Shooter's Hill when he first arrives in London (Canto XI). Charles Dickensmentions carriages "lumbering" up Shooter's Hill in " A Tale of Two Cities", and refers to a public housethere in " The Pickwick Papers". The district is also mentioned in Bram Stoker's " Dracula", in H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" and by Thomas Carlyle. On 11 April 1661, diarist Samuel Pepysmentions passing under "the man that hangs upon Shooters Hill" (probably a highwaymanhanged and left to rot as a warning to other criminals - at ' GibbetField', now part of the local golf-course).
In chapter three of the
graphic novel" V for Vendetta" by Alan Mooreand David Lloyd, the character Evey Hammond describes her childhood, spent on Shooter's Hill.
It must be noted that there are other Shooter's Hills that some of the above may refer to, eg Bram Stoker's "Shooter's Hill side of Hampstead" would require exceptionally good eyesight.
The distinctive Victorian gothic
water towerat the top of Shooter's hill is a landmarkthat can be seen from far around. Other local landmarks include Severndroog Castle, a follydesigned by architect Richard Juppin 1784and built to commemorate Commodore Sir William James who, on 2 April 1755, attacked and destroyed a pirate fortressat Suvarnadurgalong the western coast of India.
1749, 'The Bull' public houseopened just west of the summit of the hill, and was used as a refreshment stop by the coaches, although not the Royal Mailwhich had an interchange of mail bags at the Post Office by the Red Lion on the London side of the hill.
*Shooter's Hill Post 16 Campus, Red Lion Lane
*Christ Church Primary School
Notable former residents
Algernon Blackwood, born in Shooter's Hill in 1869
William Robert Earldied here in 1880
Boy Georgelived on Shooter's Hill during his childhood, in a house next to the water tower.
Fanny Cradockand her husband Johnnie Cradocklived in Shooter's Hill Road.
engineerSamuel Brown developed an internal combustion enginethat used hydrogenas a fuel and tested it to propel a vehicle (arguably one of the earliest automobiles) up Shooter's Hill in 1826.
:"For education in PAGENAME see the main London Borough of Greenwich article
Blackheath railway station
Eltham railway station
Welling railway station
Woolwich Arsenal railway station
Falconwood railway station
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