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Westcombe Park

Westcombe Park is a largely residential area close to the Blackheath Standard area of Blackheath in the London Borough of Greenwich.

Its boundaries are broadly defined by the main London-Dartford railway line to the north, the Blackwall Tunnel southern approach to the east, the heath itself to the south and a road, Vanbrugh Hill to the west (named after an architect, John Vanbrugh, with local connections).

Sites of interest

Its most notable landmark is Woodlands, in Mycenae Road. This attractive, four-storey Georgian villa (architect: George Gibson) still lies in its own grounds and was built between 1774 and 1776 for John Julius Angerstein, a Lloyds under-writer and merchant whose collection of old master paintings was bought for the nation in 1824, following his death, to form the nucleus of the National Gallery, London.

The Angerstein family continued to live in Woodlands House until about 1870. It was later acquired by Sir Alfred Yarrow, a shipbuilder, in 1896.

From about 1923 the house served as a convent; neighbouring Mycenae House (formerly Kidbrooke House) was built in 1933 to provide dormitory space for the Lttle Sisters of the Assumption convent. Woodlands was then acquired by the London Borough of Greenwich in 1967 and opened as a Local History Library and Art Gallery (Woodlands Art Gallery) in 1972, while Mycenae House has served as a community centre.

St George's Church (on a steeply sloping site on the corner of Kirkside Road and Glenluce Road) is a Victorian red-brick structure completed in 1892 (architect: Newman & Newman). As well as a place of worship it also houses a Steiner school.


Nearby tube stations: Nearby DLR stations: Nearby railway stations: (Westcombe Park essentially lies to the south of the railway line between Maze Hill and Westcombe Park stations) A little further away...