“We are considering a house move from West Greenwich to East Greenwich to Pelton Road, close to the Pelton Arms pub. We really like the area but don’t really know much about it. Any issues we should be aware of?”
The Phantom replies:
The Pelton Road area is a very interesting one, and one that I keep meaning to write about historically. I’m quite a fan of it myself. I like the funny little roads like Caradoc, Hadrian and Bradyll Streets, with their cute terraces and straight-onto-the-street frontages (I particularly like the way Caradoc Street curves so it’s always a slight surprise where I end up…) which were so ‘typical’ of South London’s recent past they were used as a set for the recent Only Fools and Horses prequel.
And I really like Pelton Road itself, a street of two sides – the lovely, tight terraces on the east, larger terraces on the west, with decorations ever so slightly above their station – huge downstairs windows and just-that-little-bit-too-big ornamentations, which lift my heart every time I see them. I also like the (not unbroken, but still nice) picket fencing around them which gives them a distinctive neighbourhood feel. Annoyingly I don’t seem to be able to find photos of either of my favourite parts of Pelton Road.
Closer to the main road, there are some post-war infill flats. Be careful as you walk past in the summer – I’ve been water-bombed by oiks as I’ve walked past and I’ve seen the little tykes do it to others, too. It’s not all bad – I always enjoy looking at someone’s rather splendid collection of decanters on a ground-floor windowsill as I walk past (in the Phantom sou’wester…) There are more little terraced houses in the streets still owned by the Morden Estate. There are also a couple of good cottages on Pelton Road itself.
Hmm. Things to look out for. Well, obviously no one really knows what Lovell’s Wharf will bring us (apart from a bricked-up Thames Path, of course.) I suspect much of the really heavy work in Pelton Road itself is over now, but I wouldn’t discount heavy construction vehicles, dust and noise.
The Pelton Arms itself has gone from being a frankly unexciting place to being somewhere I actively choose to go to. The new guv’nor has really upped the ante with bands, good food, themed nights and free cheese on Sundays (you can’t go wrong with free cheese…) Don’t be fooled, though, by what have to be the most inviting looking seats in Greenwich, in the corner by the open fire. You’ll walk in, think ‘Wow – we’re in luck!’ and quickly nab said squashy seats before red-facedly sloping off to somewhere else five minutes later to cool down.
I’m sure you’re not the kind of person that moves in next door to a music pub then complains there’s music going on – but do bear in mind that very close to the pub might be a little louder in the summer.
The other pub, the Royal Standard, isn’t quite so well regarded, despite its splendid mascot ; the noise from here is not music related. I don’t know how much actual trouble they get, but anecdotally, I’ve heard that it gets loud at closing time.
Trotting on, I’ve already mentioned the water-bomb menace from the flats (actually it’s not that bad, happily the little herberts are dreadful shots); I’m not aware of any other trouble.
Something you might want to look out for is the Catholic church at the end. The church itself is rather sweet, and I really like the Priest’s House, but I understand that they keep trying (and so far failing) to develop their community hall into ‘luxury’ flats. It all went quiet with the economic downturn, but now money’s tighter than ever, the proposal could rear its ugly head again.
And then there’s the playground, that can’t have seen a child for bloomin’ decades. It was clearly a lovely little corner once – it’s been landscaped and just at the moment its overgrown charms include naturalised bulbs and blossom from once properly planted trees. I assume it belongs to the school though how any inner city school has enough land they can just let some go to waste is beyond me. In my heart I would love to see it going back to being a little community garden (it would make a great urban orchard) but every time I pass it I wonder how long it will be before some grasping developer notices it.
And that’s all the news that I can think is fit to print. I know people who read this blog live round there. Why is it so great? What’s not so good? Do tell…