Angerstein Shame…

I still like this little lane  just behind the massive houses fronting onto the east side of Blackheath but I love it ever so slightly less now.

Long term readers will know how much I adore the little woodland garden a few steps down it, and we are just coming up to when it looks at its shady best with dappled sun and spring flowers.

Just opposite, however, another adoption of the lane has happened. No woodland greenery here, just a bit of quiet fencing off and paving over. It’s not utterly awful, just chips away at the soul of a pretty country lane. Not a disgrace, just a bit of a shame…


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sad new fencing at angerstein lane
sad new fencing at angerstein lane


13 Comments to “Angerstein Shame…”

  1. Paul says:

    If you wander down to the little Nash pavilion in Greenwich Park, main entrance, off King WIlliam Walk, you’ll find you love THAT ever so slightly less now too.

    They term it “landscaping” – what it means is chopping down lots of trees and camelia bushes at the edge of the herb garden (none of them re-planted to my knowledge) and replacing it with lawn.

  2. Stephen says:

    I have just looked at it on Google Street view and three bollards have been removed to make way for whatever this is.
    At least the trees are still there. Wonder if planning permission was needed.

  3. Mr Dinsdale says:

    Do you not think it had something to do with the burnt out car and murder a few years back – was the car left there? You never know, in the scheme of things, worse things in Greenwich are happening.

  4. Barbara says:

    That’s got imminent “Planning Permission sought for conversion of garden outbuildings/garage to residence” written all over it.

  5. Mr Eee says:

    Having checked with the council apparently there’s nothing against planning here. The bollards were on private land. Ho hum.

  6. Sam says:

    This is what an enquiry regarding the latest “Angerstein Incident” aka the Wicker Basket Land Grab solicited :

    “Any response from a local authority search simply indicates that Angerstein Lane is a public right of way. This does not indicate that it is public land but simply that it is private land that the public have acquired a right of way over. With regard to Land Registry records please see the attached, this an extract taken from their records. The lines indicate the boundary of ownership of each property. The un-shaded part is unregistered land. This information is available in the public domain and those concerned can always check with Land Registry. As advised as there is no council ownership or highway maintained at public expense in Angerstein Lane we would therefore not seek to change Land Registry records. If residents feel there is a discrepancy with Land Registry records they can contact Land Registry directly.”

    Locals (I live nearby) heard that the area was being improved to complement the lovely garden created opposite it by Steven. Green boards blocked all view of what was happening for quite a while. Then ta raaaa….oh. A parking area with chain and silly (horrible) wicker fence.

  7. Sam says:

    I should’ve probably used your excellent term “adoption” instead of my more inflammatory description – even in the context of a joke!
    So adoption it is.
    Still hate the fence and chain.

  8. Jon says:

    i) The work was carried out under the permitted developement rules – the owner did not need planning permission; and ii) the land belongs to the property. There has been no “adoption” or “grab”. Whether you like the look of it is one thing, but some of the phrases on this commments thread are ill-informed. TW I’m not an interested party, just a fair minded citizen feeling a bit sorry for a house owner who has tried to tidy up a scruffy bit of wasteland that he owns.

  9. Stephen says:

    And of course a car will have to go over the pavement in order to get to the parking space.

  10. Joe says:

    A few thoughts: The burnt-out car and horrible murder a few years ago was further up the lane beyond the nice garden, not at this spot. @Jon, perhaps some of the comments are a bit strong. But calling it a “scruffy bit of wasteland” is a bit much too – many people enjoyed walking through a lane that used to be slightly wild and one of the few little lanes left in Greenwich that hasn’t been manicured to within an inch of its life or concreted over.I think people have a right to express disappointment with another loss of a nice little green bit of our area for yet more stone surfaces and car-parking. All the “tidying up” just makes everywhere look drab and clone-like, not to mention the loss of biodiversity as yet another corner is controlled and sterilised (there’s even a lovely security camera). Nearby Heathway, whilst a little different in style, is also going the same way in terms of losing what makes it attractive in the first place. Regardless of the legal rights, I think this development at the end of Angerstein is a shame and does nothing to enhance the lane or its value to the community.

  11. Capability Bowes says:

    Slightly off topic because comments seem to be closed for the post about Avery Hill Winter Gardens. The Winter Gardens is (are?) a Listed Building. When Greenwich University took over the Mansion Site it was with the understanding that they would be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the Winter Gardens and for keeping it open to the public. The University have, of course, reneged on that promise and have done little if anything towards the long term preservation of the structure. The last time I was in the vicinity it was in a very sorry state indeed and not accessible. With the selling off of the Mansion site, that puts the long term future of the Winter Garden at risk again. But listing a building does not seem to endow English Heritage with any kind of teeth – look at the fate of the Rotunda on Woolwich Common a couple of years back. A listed building can be falling to bits and Listing it seems to achieve bugger all, essentially. It puts the onus on the owner to maintain it but seems not to be able to force them to do so.