Exploring Woolwich’s past and future

Exploring Woolwich’s past and future

We recently visited Woolwich for the first time, an area with a long history and importance to London.

A walk with The London Society explored the municipal architecture of the town centre, it took in all styles of architecture and streetscapes from Victorian and Georgian to art deco and post-war housing. There was also a tree lined high street and a great stop off at Woolwich Front Room where GCDA- Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency are offering community support and activities. We also heard how Woolwich has always been in a state of change, perhaps most evidenced now by the development of the new-ish residential area in the old Arsenal.

Forthcoming developments include work on the market square and demolition of a row of shops on the South Circular – preserving the now listed 1930’s Public Market building – to be replaced with housing and a cinema as part of the Woolwich Exchange development.

With a newly opened Elizabeth Line station (but already well connected before), I expect it will continue to change while keeping the balance between its history and heritage and the shiny new.

Find out more on the council’s website here

Our director, Diane Cunningham, is a trustee at The London Society