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Founded in 1965

Founded in 1965 the society has flourished so that our membership is over 500. Many members are, of course, living in the catchment area of SE9 but others have moved to areas in the United Kingdom and abroad. We have town namesakes in Australia and New Zealand.

The society has an Executive Council of 17 members each contributing their own specialities, all elected at our Annual General Meeting held in March. There are three sub committees: Amenity, Social and Publications - all advancing the aims of the society.

The aims of the Society are enshrined in our motto: "Preserving the past, Conserving the present, and Protecting the future".

The Newsletter is an integral part of The Eltham Society and has been published ever since the Society began in 1965. It is one of the benefits of membership and is published quarterly. It covers news of the Society's events and articles of local and wider interest.

But where is Eltham?

Eltham is approximately 10 miles south-east of London and the southernmost town in the Greenwich Borough. Mention of Eltham is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 and is strategically placed between London and Kent. Its proximity to the River Thames led to the establishment of a moated manor house, which soon became the home of Royalty, Eltham Palace.

Since those early times Eltham has grown into an urban town and carries evidence of building throughout each architectural period. It still retains many open green spaces and therefore sits happily between town and country.

Eltham is centred on its High Street and extends to Mottingham and New Eltham to the south, Kidbrooke and Lee to the west, Avery Hill to the east, Well Hall and Shooters Hill to the north. Click here for a map showing where Eltham is.

The town sign, designed by local architect Paul Cookson, at the pedestrian area of Passey Place was financed and erected by the society in 1995. The sign shows famous landmarks around Eltham It was formally unveiled and handed to the borough for safe keeping on 3rd September 1995 by the then Chairman, Marion Kennett. In 2001 an Eltham Society Award was given to Groundwork for the pedestrian area, which was improved as a Millennium project. The sign was moved to a new position in Passey Place but is still a landmark and symbol of the society's commitment to Eltham.

Other evidence of the society's commitment to Eltham can be found at Well Hall Pleasaunce where a plaque stands on the site of an 18th century house (demolished in the 1930s), which at one time was occupied by the children's author, E. Nesbit. Many of her most famous books were written at Well Hall House such as The Railway Children, The Treasure Seekers and The Wouldbegoods.

Eltham Society Events, News, Publications and Articles

Our public talks cost 2 to non-members but are free to members, unless stated otherwise. Admittance is only allowed if there is room in the hall. All our local public walks are free (entrance fees have to be paid though). The non-public events are only open to our members.

Public Events

Forthcoming Public Events

Birds of Parks, Gardens & Woodlands
John Beckham, Society member and former Parks Ranger will give this illustrated talk

Thursday, 6 October 2016
Christchurch Hall, Eltham High Street
Joanne Sanderson

Members only Events

Forthcoming Members Events

Cheese and Wine Evening
John Bishop will entertain with an evening of Gilbert & Sullivan. Our annual social event to start the new season after the summer holidays
Thursday, 1 September 2016
Christchurch Hall
Monica Horner


Latest News

Passey Place Farmers' Market

10am to 2pm on21 August 2016

Support the local market, which operates between 10am to 2pm on the third Sunday of every month at Passey Place, where it adjoins the busy High Street.

The market sells a range of fresh local produce including fruit & veg, jams, honey & chutneys, chilli sauces, bread & cakes, organic meat, game and traditionally made sausages.
Tel: 020 8302 9010


Our latest Articles

Newsletter 195, 2 February 2014
Annual review of Eltham Society's activities for 2013 (Author - Laurie Baker)



Newsletter 194, 20 July 2013
Summer Walk 2013: Woolwich to Cable car via Royal Docks (Author - Laurie Baker)



Publications by the Eltham Society

Bexleyheath Railway at Eltham 1895-1995
by Gus White

Eltham Palace & Eltham People
by The Eltham Society

Memories of New Eltham
by The Eltham Society

Richard Jefferies In Eltham
by John Kennett

Trams in Eltham
by John Kennett