Monday, 21 July 2014

Family Stories of the Great War

An invitation for everyone living on the Progress Estate

The Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust has invited everyone living on the Progress Estate to a preview of their exhibition Family Stories of the Great War in the Greenwich Heritage Centre at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th July.   Light refreshments will be served and we will have the opportunity to meet the staff and volunteers who have worked on this community project.

The exhibition will run until 31st October.   The opening hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the days Tuesday to Saturday.   From the beginning of November it will tour to other venues in the Royal Borough.

The exhibition is built on the work of Heritage Trust staff and volunteers who have spent the last six months researching names from war memorials in Charlton, Eltham and Woolwich along with the rĂ´le of Charlton House as an auxiliary wartime hospital.

As you may know, there is very limited car parking in Woolwich.   The easiest way to travel there from Eltham is on a 122 or 161 bus.   There are various stops along Well Hall Road.  The 122 takes about 10 minutes and the 161 15-20 minutes.   Both are 10-12 minutes services and stop in Beresford Square (‘Ber Sq’ on the map opposite).   The Heritage Centre is 5-10 minutes’ walk away.   Go down New Road, cross Beresford Street and enter the Arsenal through the wrought-iron gates on the opposite side of the pedestrian crossing.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Finding a House on the Progress Estate, Eltham, SE9

The Progress Estate is a conservation area situated in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  Its garden village layout and architecture that was inspired by the design ideals of the arts and crafts movement makes it an attractive place to live.   The map below names every road on the Estate other than Cornwallis Road (the short road that runs east to west between Arsenal and Granby Roads) and Franklin Passage, a non-vehicular road running between Dickson and Phineas Pett Roads.

Looking to buy a home on the Progress Estate?

We have included a list of our Estate’s postcodes at the end of this article to assist those who, having decided where on our Estate they would like to live, choose to see what is on offer via the various search engines that operate on-line.

Whilst there are a number of estate agents practicing in Eltham, we would like to mention two in particular who are sponsoring different aspects of our 1915-2015 celebrations:

David Evans Property Services
20 Well Hall Road
London  SE9 6SF

tel: 020 3324 7826

Conran Estates
42 Well Hall Rd
London  SE9 6SF 

tel: 020 8378 5450


Eltham estate agents serving The Progress Estate

Name Address Post Code Tel Email (or website if contact is via site)

Bernard Skinner 22 Well Hall Road SE9 6SF 020 8859 3033
Conran Estates 42 Well Hall Road SE9 6SF 020 8378 5450 
David Evans Property Services 20 Well Hall Road SE9 6SF 020 3324 7826
Harrison Ingram 156 Well Hall Road SE9 6SN 020 3324 5966
Mann Estate Agents 78 Eltham High Street SE9 1BX 020 7305 7432
Pick Me Properties 3 Odeon Parade SE9 6BZ 020 8850 4955
Robinson-Jackson 2-4 Court Yard SE9 5PZ 020 8859 9600
Westmount Estates 124 Westmount Road SE9 1UT 020 8859 0101
Your Move 8 Well Hall Road SE9 6SF 020 8850 1101

Seeking a home to rent?

There are quite a few houses on our Estate that are rented privately.   Unfortunately we do not have a list of owners’ names so suggest you contact the local estate agents, many of whom have letting departments.

Seeking social housing?

About 500 houses on the Estate are owned by The Hyde Group.   They provide social housing to residents who have successfully bid for them through Greenwich Homes, the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s choice-based lettings scheme.

More information about Greenwich Homes is available on-line at:

Alternatively, you may telephone 020 8921 2941 or send an email to:

Please note that Hyde Group do not allocate houses themselves.


Data downloaded from

Accessed 8th & 9th February, 2009

Road House numbers Post code

Admiral Seymour Road even numbers 2 - 32(incl. Progress Hall) SE9 1SL
odd numbers plus even numbers 34 - 54 SE9 1SN
Arsenal Road all numbers 1 – 17 & odd numbers 19 – 27 SE9 1JS
even numbers 18 - 52 SE9 1JU
even numbers 54 - 96 SE9 1JY
odd numbers 29 - 75 SE9 1JT
odd numbers 77 – 95 & all numbers 97 - 125 SE9 1JZ
Brome Road all numbers 1 - 9 SE9 1LE
all numbers 10 -19 SE9 1LD
Cobbett Road all numbers  SE9 6NH
Congreve Road all numbers 1 – 21 & odd numbers 23 - 33 SE9 1LP
even numbers 22 – 36, all numbers 38 – 47 & odd numbers 49 - 83 SE9 1LW
even numbers 48 - 88 SE9 1LN
odd numbers 85 - 139 SE9 1LL
Cornwallis Walk all numbers SE9 1JX
Dickson Road even numbers 2 - 20 SE9 6RB
even numbers 22 - 44 SE9 6RF
odd numbers 1 - 17 SE9 6RA
odd numbers 19 - 59 SE9 6RE
Downman Road all numbers  SE9 6RD
Franklin Passage all numbers  SE9 6RG
Granby Road even numbers 2 –  42 SE9 1EW
even numbers 44 - 76 SE9 1EN
even numbers 78 - 112 SE9 1EL
odd numbers 1 - 89 SE9 1EH
odd numbers 91 - 137 SE9 1EJ
Lovelace Green even numbers SE9 1LF
odd numbers  SE9 1LG
Martin Bowes Road all numbers SE9 1LQ
Maudslay Road all numbers 1 - 24 & even numbers 26 - 52 SE9 1LJ
odd numbers 25 - 55 SE9 1LH
Moira Road even numbers SE9 1SH
odd numbers  SE9 1SJ
Phineas Pett Road even numbers SE9 6RH
odd numbers SE9 6RQ
Prince Rupert Road even numbers 2 - 54 SE9 1LS
odd numbers 1 - 43 SE9 1LR
odd numbers 45 – 55 & all numbers 56 - 78 SE9 1LA
Rochester Way odd numbers 475 - 485 and even numbers 496 - 506 SE9 1SW
even numbers 508 - 532 SE9 1SQ
odd numbers 487 - 513 SE9 1SP
Ross Way even numbers SE9 6RL
odd numbers SE9 6RJ
Sandby Green all numbers SE9 6NJ
Shrapnel Road all numbers SE9 1LB
Well Hall Road even numbers 182 – 212 SE9 6SR
even numbers 214 - 258 SE9 6ST
even numbers 260 - 306 SE9 6UG
even numbers 308 - 360 SE9 6UE
even numbers 362 - 410 SE9 6UF
even numbers 412 - 416 SE9 6UD
odd numbers 101 - 123 SE9 6TR
odd numbers 125 - 163 SE9 6TS
odd numbers 165 - 175 SE9 6TT
Whinyates Road even numbers 2 - 66 SE9 6NN
odd numbers 1 - 31 SE9 6NW
odd numbers 33 – 51 & even numbers 68 - 86 SE9 6NL

Local amenities

The Train station (Zone 4) is around 10 minutes away by foot and London Charing Cross is a mere 25 minute journey.  The perimeter of the estate is also well served by buses going to various destinations.

Local primary schools include Deansfield, Gordon School and St Thomas More - all with excellent Ofsted results.  Eltham is also served by a number of good comprehensive schools.  The London Borough of Bexley (which has Grammar and Secondary schools) is also easily accessible by bus.

Within easy walking distance, both Westmount Road and Well Hall Road have a number of well-known retailers and independents shops.  The new Kinesis Gym in the old Coronet cinema building is also proving popular with residents.   The beautiful Well Hall Pleasaunce is wonderful place for a stroll or to watch the world go by, and located within the park is the 16th century "Tudor Barn" restaurant where you can dine within a beautiful historic building. 

The extremely practical Eltham High Street - is a 15-20 min walk, with a large Sainsbury's, M&S, Debenhams, Lidl, Boots, Superdrug, Iceland, WHSmith and many other well known high street brands as well as a good mix of independent retailers and eateries.  A cinema is also in the plans.

The excellent Eltham Centre with Gym and Library is also located in the High Street

Further afield - Greenwich (museums, covered market, Cutty Sark, and Royal Park), Blackheath, Bluewater and Kent are also very easily accessible by Car or public transport.

Covenant by Purchasers of Progress Estate Houses to Pay a Proportion of the Costs Incurred in the Maintenance of the Estate's Common Parts


The Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society (RACS) purchased all the houses on our estate from the Government in June, 1925.  A number of the freeholds were thereafter sold to individuals until, in November, 1980, the remaining 500 or so were bought by Hyde Housing.

We believe all RACS transfers to individual purchasers may have contained a clause under which the latter covenanted to pay to RACS a percentage of the costs incurred in the maintenance, upkeep and cleaning of the estate’s common parts.   We assume these percentages reflected the value of the property being transferred as a proportion of the estimated freehold value of the estate as a whole.   Thus, in one deed we have seen, the amount is 0.12% per annum. 

Most present-day owners probably purchased their houses from someone subsequent to the person who acquired it from RACS.   However, prospective purchasers’ solicitors are likely to scrutinise RACS transfers in scrutinising chains of title.

Following one or two enquiries asking whether or not monies are being collected under this covenant, we approached The Co-operative Group to ask them if they considered they still had a legal right to collect them.   Their Legal Department replied on 24th June 2014:

‘We can find no evidence from the investigations we have made that Co-operative Group Limited collect monies regarding the common parts of the Estate.   On that basis it would appear the Group have no entitlement to claim such monies.’

We trust this information will help vendors’ solicitors reply to purchasers’ enquiries.   If any further information is required, interested parties should contact:

Legal Department
The Co-operative Group
1 Angel Square
Manchester  M60 0AG

tel: 08437 512945
fax: 08437 514487 


Neither the Progress Residents Association nor its committee members jointly or severally accept any liability in relation to the forgoing.   Vendors and purchasers, whether actual or prospective, must rely solely upon advice obtained from their professional advisers. 

The Progress Residents Association

5th July, 2014

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Progress Residents Association Launches Community Trade Directory

Press Release No. 2014/04

23 June 2014

Rui Dias

The Progress Residents Association is pleased to announce the addition of this community

resource to its website.   Tradespeople are only added to the site if they are put forward by a resident for whom they have worked and who will provide a reference upon request.

Rui Dias, who manages this initiative on behalf of the Association, said ‘We have seventeen businesses on our list, covering most of the trades that all householders need to call on.   We hope that residents will put forward others as they use them and are satisfied with the work carried out’.

Sid Wescott
Sid Westcott, who has been working on the Estate for 30 years, said ‘The Progress Estate is special and I am delighted for my services to be advertised in this way’.    

To access the Directory, click here

Friday, 6 June 2014

Progress Estate Centennial Memorabilia Price List

Limited Stocks
(Free delivery in SE9 – order on 07947 043479)

Bone china centennial mugs
£8 or £15 for a pair

Tea towels
756 x 470 mm
(approx. 29¾ x 18½ inches)
£5 each

205 gm (approx. 7¼ oz)
£3.25 a jar

Montage of our Progress Estate

Cards: 177 x 127 mm (approx. 7 x 5 inches)
Supplied with envelopes (basic rate postage size)
£2.50 each or £12 for 6

Mounted prints: 510 x 410 mm (including mount) (approx. 20 x 16 inches)

Royal Greenwich Approves Demolition of Poundland

Outline Planning Permission Granted for a Cinema/Restaurant Complex

The Royal Borough approved the demolition of Poundland’s High Street premises on 12th May, 2014.

The developers now have to apply for detailed planning permission.   They have three years from the above date to do so.   This will entail applications for various aspects of the proposed re-development.   Work has to start within two years of the final such application being granted planning permission.

The applicant has been advised to seek extended opening hours of Sainsbury’s car park ‘to assist in the parking demand for the new Cinema’.

Full details of this outline planning permission can be obtained from Royal Greenwich’s website,  The application’s number is 14/0297/O (please note the last character is the letter O).

Our illustration is from one of the drawings submitted with the application.

Monday, 2 June 2014

The Stories Behind the Street Names on the Progress Estate, Eltham

The Progress Estate was built to house the munitions workers at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich during the First World War.  Most of the street names have a connection with the Arsenal.

Admiral Seymour Road – Admiral Seymour, also known as Lord Seymour of Sudeley, was Lord High Admiral and Master of Ordnance (military equipment & weapons) at the Arsenal.  Died 1549.

Arsenal Road – Named after the historic Woolwich Arsenal itself.  Of course you do also have a premiership football club named after the original Woolwich Arsenal team too! 

Brome Road – General Joseph Brome.  Originally a drummer boy and later the Commandant at Woolwich and died in 1796.

Cobbett Road – William Cobbett born (1762 – 1835) was a multi-skilled essayist, politician and agriculturist (phew)!  He was associated with Woolwich during his service in the army. 

Congreve Road – Sir William Congreve (1772 – 1828) was the inventor of rockets no less and was associated with Woolwich Garrison.

Cornwallis Walk – Lord Cornwallis was the Master General of Ordnance from 1795 to 1801.

Dickson Road – Sir Alexander Dickson was Superintendent of the Royal Gun Factories at the Arsenal.

Downman Road – Lieutenant General Sir C Downman was the Director General of Artillery from 1843 to 1844.

Franklin Passage – Sir John Franklin was an explorer who set sail from Woolwich in 1845 to explore the Arctic.  He lived with his wife in a cottage in Charlton opposite the Swan Inn.

Granby Road – The Marquis of Granby (1721 – 1770) became the Master General of Ordnance in 1763.

Lovelace Green – Several generations of Lovelaces lived in Woolwich including Sir William Lovelace whose son Richard was a celebrated 17th century Kentish poet.

Martin Bowes Road – Sir Martin Bowes became Lord Mayor of London in 1545. He owned a mansion called Tower Place in Woolwich Warren, which was the earliest part of the Arsenal site.

Maudslay Road – Henry Maudslay, also known as “The Woolwich Powder Boy”, was an engineer and inventor.  He is buried in Woolwich Churchyard.

Moira Road – Francis Rawdon Hastings, 2nd Earl of Moira was Master General of Ordnance in 1806 – 1807.

Phineas Pett Road – Famous Woolwich shipwright.  He also built one of the first dry docks in England.  Pett Street SE18 is also named after him.

Prince Rupert Road – Cousin of Charles II and employed by the King to construct batteries at Woolwich to resist a threatened Dutch invasion.

Rochester Way – Part of the London to Kent A2.  Previously called Gilborne Way after 16th century Woolwich landowner Sir Nicholas Gilborne.

Ross Way –Sir Hew Dalrymple Ross was the first Royal Artillery Field Marshall and Lieutenant General of Ordnance from 1845 to 1855

Sandby Green – Paul Sandby (1730 – 1809) was the Chief Drawing Master at the Royal Military Academy from 1768 to 1797 and a founder member of the Royal Academy.  He lived most of his life in Woolwich.

Shrapnel Road – Lieutenant General Henry Shrapnel who invented the shrapnel shell which was first manufactured in 1803.

Well Hall Road – Formerly known as the Old Woolwich Road it became Well Hall Road in 1909, taking its name from the medieval estate of Well Hall.  Well Hall House was home to Edith Nesbit who wrote “The Railway Children”.

Whinyates Road – General Sir E C Whinyates was the Commandant at Woolwich Garrison from 1852 to 1856.