An old cottage estate, Downham has seen many changes over the years. While much of the greenery has given way to car parking, beautiful parks and trails can still be found within walking distance. First-time buyers will benefit from its proximity to Catford’s bustling town centre, and the easy access to the neighbouring Beckenham Place Park, Lewisham’s largest green space. Downham Community Centre (Wesley Halls) is strengthening the feeling of community that got partly lost when many of the council properties went to private hands in recent decades.
Direct trains from nearby Grove Park and Beckenham Hill stations to London Bridge and Blackfriars, respectively, are an advantage for commuters. So, what’s it like living in modern-day Downham? Let’s find out.
- Fans of Arthurian legend would be proud to inhabit a home on Launcelot, Dagonet or Roundtable roads - three among several inexplicable nods to King Arthur and his knights in the area.
- The Downham Tavern - which also featured a dance hall - opened its doors in 1930 to serve the estate’s nearly 30,000 residents and made the Guinness Book of World Records for its size. Today, a Co-op and a much smaller pub stand in its place, but it’s still the place to be for drinks, food and entertainment.
- Forster Memorial Park used to be part of Lord Forster’s estate. He gifted it to the community in memory of his two sons, who were killed in the First World War.