London Wiki
London Boroughs
Barking & Dagenham ~ Barnet ~ Bexley ~ Brent ~ Bromley ~ Camden ~ Croydon ~ Ealing ~ Enfield ~ Greenwich ~ Hackney ~ Hammersmith & Fulham ~ Haringey ~ Harrow ~ Havering ~ Hillingdon ~ Hounslow ~ Islington ~ Kensington & Chelsea ~ Kingston upon Thames ~ Lambeth ~ Lewisham ~ Merton ~ Newham ~ Redbridge ~ Richmond upon Thames ~ Southwark ~ Sutton ~ Tower Hamlets ~ Waltham Forest ~ Wandsworth ~ Westminster

The London Borough of Lewisham is a London borough in south-east London, England and forms part of Inner London. The principal settlement of the borough is Lewisham and its council is based at Catford.


The borough was formed in 1965, by the London Government Act 1963, as an amalgamation of the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham and the Metropolitan Borough of Deptford, which had been created in 1900 as divisions of the County of London.

Minor boundary changes have occurred since its creation. The most significant amendments were made in 1996, when the former area of the Royal Docks in Deptford was transferred from the London Borough of Greenwich.

Geography and landmarks[]

The borough is surrounded by the London Borough of Greenwich to the east, the London Borough of Bromley to the south and the London Borough of Southwark to the west. The River Thames forms a short section of northern boundary with the Isle of Dogs in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Deptford Creek, Pool River, River Quaggy and River Ravensbourne pass through the borough. Major landmarks include All Saints Church in Blackheath, the Citibank Tower in Lewisham, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Church (Sydenham's German Church, technically located in Forest Hill) and the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill.


According to the 2001 census, Lewisham has a population of 248,922. Its population is 66% White, 12% Black Caribbean, and 9% Black African. Fifty percent of households are owner-occupiers.

Civic affairs[]


The motto of the borough is "Salus Populi Suprema Lex", which means (roughly translated) "The Welfare of the People is the Highest Law".


The current Chief Executive is Barry Quirk. The borough is administered by the five directorates of the council: Children and Young People, Community Services, Customer Services, Resources, and Regeneration.

Freedom of the Borough[]

The honour of Freedom of the Borough has been awarded to:

  • Alan Milner Smith OBE (9 Dec 1971)
  • Frederick William Winslade (28 Nov 1975)
  • Daisy Amelia Elizabeth Hurren (10 Oct 1985)
  • Alfred Anderson Hawkins (30 Mar 1990)
  • The Most Reverend Desmond Mpilo Tuto (4 May 1990)
  • Terence Hardy Waite CBE (16 Nov 1992)
  • Sybil Theodora Phoenix MBE MS (8 Mar 1996)
  • Dame Cicely Mary Strode Saunders OM OBE FRCP (10 Mar 2000)
  • James Leslie Eytle (8 Jun 2007)



The London Borough of Lewisham is divided into 18 wards, first used in the 2002 elections, they are:


Based upon the Wikipedia category [2]

Transport and places[]


Lewisham Station, once known as Lewisham Junction, is located at the junction of the lines to Dartford and Hayes, Bromley, and is also the terminus of the southern branch of the Docklands Light Railway. The East London Line currently terminates at New Cross and New Cross Gate. An extension, currently under construction, and to be known as the East London Railway when complete, will serve Brockley, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, and Sydenham. It will form part of the London Overground.

Railway stations

DLR stations

There are no Tube stations in the borough, as the East London Line is now becoming part of National Rail.

Main roads The South Circular Road passes through the centre of the borough from the border with Dulwich in the west to Eltham in the east. Except for a short section in Lee as it approaches Eltham, it is purely a one-lane-each-way road.

List of settlements[]

It includes the areas:

Postcode areas within the borough[]

BR1 (part), BR2 (small part), BR3 (part)

SE3 (part), SE4 (all), SE6 (all), SE8 (part), SE9 (small part), SE10 (part), SE12 (part), SE13 (all), SE14 (all), SE15 (part), SE16 (part), SE23 (part), [SE26 (part),

Famous current and former residents[]

External links[]

  • Borough website [9]
  • Local history and records [10]

Religious records [11]

This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). That Wikipedia page probably contains more information.