Plumstead Common… Doesn’t that just sound mighty bucolic? Like a village green nestled in the bosom of some lovely rolling Somerset hills? Well, the impression the name evokes isn’t entirely misleading but you won’t find this green gem in Somerset but in South East London.
Situated up the hill from Woolwich at 58 meters above the sea level, Plumstead Common forms part of a chain of green spaces that also include the Slade, Winn’s Common and the ancient woodlands of Abbey Wood.
Plumstead Common’s recorded history goes all the way back to 1086 when it was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Throughout its colourful history, the locals have taken great pride in the common and in the 1800s fought fiercely to keep it as public land.
Plumstead Common is also the site for the annual Plumstead Make Merry festival, which is the longest-running community event in the Royal Greenwich Borough.
Apart from its evergreen lush parkland, Plumstead Common has tennis courts, a bowls field and is lined by Victorian housing stock. There are several pubs in the vicinity as well as the new beating heart of the local community, The Plumstead Pantry, which serves delicious and innovative food in a down-to-earth hipstery setting.
How to get there:
The Plumstead railway station is a 10-minute walk down the hill, Woolwich Arsenal 15 minutes away and several buses connect the common both to the nearby stations as well as further afield.