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Local Area Guide to Houses & Property for Sale & Rent in Catford

Welcome to Catford!

Until 1889, Catford was part of the county of Kent; and Bromley Road, on the edge of what is now the Culverley Green conservation area, was once the main London to Kent coaching route. 

Culverley, Penerley, Bargery and Inchmery Roads are in the heart of the tree-lined conservation area. The sought-after properties built between 1902 and 1914 are mainly Edwardian, with some late-Victorian villas with period features including sash windows, solid timber doors and stained doors. The villas are set back from the pavement behind small walled front gardens with substantial private rear gardens.

Catford Honey
Catford resident Gregory Boon makes around 1,000 pots of Catford Honey each year from five hives in his garden. 

Another popular area in Catford is the Corbett estate, named after Archibald Corbett who bought 278 acres of land from the Earl of St Germans and built more than 3,000 houses. 

The most desirable properties on the Corbett Estate are the double-fronted Victorian houses mainly on Broadfield, Minard, Ardgowan and Wellmeadow roads. A strong sense of community is provided by the Corbett Residents’ Association through events such as Easter egg hunts, lunches and an annual firework display. 

The Future of Catford
The local authority has ambitious aspirations for Catford town centre with the intention of creating opportunities for new housing and business. As part of the plans Catford Broadway has received a £2.1 million facelift to improve the look of shop fronts, lighting and seating in the now pedestrianized zone.

Currently under construction is the Catford Green development by Barratt London. A mixture of apartments and houses on the former Catford Greyhound Stadium site between the railway lines of Catford and Catford Bridge stations which is due for completion in 2017. The new homes will overlook the River Ravensbourne and Ladywell Fields with shops and community facilities. 

Transport Links 
The four railway stations in and around Catford are in Zone 3 with trains to London Bridge, Cannon Street, St Pancras and Charing Cross.

All trains from Catford Bridge and Hither Green stations pass through Lewisham, which has a Docklands Light Railway connection. Trains from Bellingham connect with the underground at Elephant and Castle, Blackfriars and Farringdon.

Good primary schools in Catford include Brindishe Green, Rathfern, Ashmead and Torridon Schools. 

Secondary schools include St Dunstan’s College, an independent school and Conisborough College a community school in partnership with Colfe’s, a leading independent school in the area. The partnership consists of projects and cross-curricular activities between the two schools to enhance learning; and Scholarships to Colfe’s sixth form are offered to Conisborough’s highest achievers. 

Catford offers plenty of green space, amounting to more than 560 hectares of green space in the borough (about 14% of the area of Lewisham Borough). 60 sites are designated as Sites of Nature Conservation Importance including 19 Local Nature Reserves.
14 of the borough’s green spaces have been given Green Flag awards for achieving the highest possible standards, being beautifully maintained and having excellent facilities. Green spaces in Catford with this award include Bellingham Green, Ladywell fields and Chinbrook Meadows. 

The new Ravensbourne paths offer great opportunities for people to walk or cycle away from traffic and take in some of London’s quiet and beautiful areas. The paths run through the wildlife and woodland area and connect with existing cycle routes in Lewisham and Bromley.