Lisa continues on her quest to discover the historic and yet perhaps undiscovered places of her own back yard in London’s South East. This week she moves a bit further up the hill into Eltham, and visits Well Hall Pleasaunce and the Tudor Barn.
Well Hall Pleasaunce dates back to the 13th Century, and is a haven of formal gardens, ponds, and woodland. It previously contained a manor house built at the time of Henry VIII, and more recently was the home of ‘Railway Children’ author, Edith Nesbit, for whom the nearby ‘Edith Nesbit Walk’ was named, and her husband Hubert Bland, author, and founder of the Fabian Society.
The Tudor Barn is the last of its kind in London, and all that remains of the manor house, built by William Roper, who was the son in law of Sir Thomas More, Henry VIIIs Lord Chancellor, having married his daughter Margaret.
The Tudor Barn is now a steakhouse and gallery, and is open for private events and weddings. The Tudor Barn hosts live music on Sundays, as well as a monthly Open Mic Night throughout winter, while during the summer it plays host to live music on the lawn.
Well Hall Pleasaunce and the Tudor Barn are located on Well Hall Road, Eltham. There’s no parking on site, but public transport is plentiful and efficient, with a bus stop directly outside the park, and links to Chislehurst, Catford, Greenwich, Shooters Hill, Woolwich, and more. Eltham Railway Station is a short five minute walk on the other side of the road, meaning Central London is a mere 15-20 minutes away.
Thanks must be given to the above websites, as well as Wikipedia, and also the general signage around Well Hall Pleasaunce.