The Guardian on ‘defiantly unfashionable’ Charlton

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“Estate agents have started calling it Charlton Village.”

Hmmm. But for a series that’s usually written without ever setting foot into the place in question, the Guardian weekend magazine’s Let’s Move To… Charlton is unusually bang on the money.

Charlton has fine schools, magnificent views from its rolling hillside, great transport links to central London, leafy parks such as Maryon Wilson and, at its heart, what was once a Kentish village, with old church, ye olde pubbe, village green and a Jacobean stately home, Charlton House. Its little high street contains useful shops that in other, posher spots might have been turned into candle purveyors and poodle parlours. There is no Starbucks. Its homes are well built and affordable. Plus it has an (almost) restored lido. Heated water, too. Beat that, Blackheath.

Indeed, who needs Starbucks now there’s The Old Cottage Cafe and Brew & Choo? But what did the Guardian miss out? Share your thoughts…

7 thoughts on “The Guardian on ‘defiantly unfashionable’ Charlton

  1. ThePirateKing May 25, 2013 / 14:26

    They didn’t mention it’s five minutes from the river or the football club / ground. Odd things to leave out. Anyway, it was a nice write up.

  2. Mary May 25, 2013 / 15:29

    What really annoyed me about that article is that it said the centres were the Standard and the Village = no mention at all of North Charlton.

  3. Boneyboy May 27, 2013 / 20:25

    What did the Guardian miss out ?
    1) The Valley and the glorious history of the Addicks
    2) Blackheath Rugby at Rectory Field
    3) Thames Barrier… just about in Charlton ?
    4) Burial place of Spencer Percival, only British PM to be assasinated.
    5) Slightly scandalous royal history of the late 18th century Prince George (later George IV) housed his secret wife and some of his mistresses here, and later moved Caroline,the wife that he hated, to Charlton.
    6) Excellent hadock and chips from Charlton Church Lane.
    7) Mapins at the retail park, the ultimate shop for greeks.

  4. Boneyboy May 27, 2013 / 21:25

    In my earlier cooment I meant to type “geeks” not “greeks”, though I’m sure all nationalities are welcome.

    Also thinking again about Charlton and the Guardian, what can be better than having your newspaper waining to be read over breakfast , having been delivered nice and early each morning by The Toyshop in Bramshot Avenue.

  5. 16" East May 27, 2013 / 23:38

    Local estate agents have started calling it Charlton Village? Strange statement after he has already described it as a very old Kentish village…even in The Domesday Book too…nothing new there!

    Strange obsession with Blackwall Tunnel approach road and nothing mentioned about easy connections to Canary Wharf. Spot on with schools and presume he mentions ‘high street’ but meant to reference the useful shopping parks?

    I think he is fairly close to accuracy because of being reasonably local (he lives/lived in a Span flat on The Cator Estate in Blackheath and presented the brilliant channel 4 series ‘the secret life of buildings’ I recall.

  6. Mr_Chas May 28, 2013 / 05:15

    ..neither did it mention Upper/East Charlton ( My moniker ! ) Between Charlton village and the SE18 boundary the area is surrounded by parks, you get a bigger house for your £ compared to the ‘ever popular Charlton slopes’ , you are nearer to the DLR/Crossrail, and fall into the catchment area of Greenwich free school ! There is indeed much to love about SE7 for those who come here house hunting.

  7. Andrew July 12, 2013 / 16:17

    I see the old Charlton Social Club in Charlton Church Lane is boarded up and for sale. How long until these get snapped up by a developer and turned into flats?

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