19th October 2020
It’s not hard to see why people are warming to live in Woolwich
Woolwich is been evolving as a vibrant cultural quarter, benefitting from a multi-billion pound regeneration investment, including exciting new housing developments that appeal to young buyers.
A community in Woolwich has existed since early medieval ages and dates back to the 1300s. This historic quarter in south east London has an important naval and military heritage dominated by the Royal Arsenal buildings.
This area of London within the Royal Borough of Greenwich has a strong sense of place, anchored by the River Thames and punctuated by architecture that marks it as a neighbourhood and meeting place throughout the centuries.
Currently the population in Woolwich is around 85,000, with the average age of residents being 30 years old with a growing number being young, professional workers.
The Woolwich Council granted permission for space once used by high-street chains and stores to be turned into commercial offices, creating a hub and community that attracts office workers, bankers and business minded individuals.
The local community thrives on welcoming incomers by offering a host of activities and initiatives for residents.
The former and now converted Tram Shed, provides a community performing arts space and venue. The Little Free Library is a community initiative where residents donate and borrow books for free. The Roses is a group for women living in Woolwich and Plumstead, open to anyone new to the area and offers a great way to meet neighbours and make friends.
Here there are all manner of clubs and societies available to young and older residents. The Woolwich Singers – SE18, Woolwich’s own community choir is welcomes its doors at the Old Town Hall for rehearsals every Wednesday. Apeture, Woolwich’s Photographic Society, founded in 1892, meets every Tuesday. It says its aims, ‘are the same today as they were then, to help members get more fun out of photography and thus, more out of life!’
Woolwich residents are proud of their local radio station, Meridian Radio, which has been broadcasting from the Queen Elizabeth hospital since 1961. Listeners love it for its informative local news and strong community vibe.
Street markets are an integral and important part of London life and Woolwich is no different. Twice monthly on Saturdays the farmers market is held at the Royal Arsenal selling locally grown produce.
For two years, Beresford Square has hosted the revamped Woolwich Sunday market every month. Visitors and locals can explore over 40 stalls showcasing an eclectic mix of vintage, crafts, jewellery, gifts, arts and other hidden gems. Food trucks and stalls serve some of the best street food and drinks London has to offer.
“The market has been regenerated with local people and local performers. It has put something back into the community. The Woolwich Sunday market brings people together, to shop, meet, eat and spend time,” Cllr Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, and Integrated Enforcement commented.
With around 80% of the properties in Woolwich being flats, a high number of young professionals are residents in the area and being in Zone 4 with excellent transport links means they are easily able to commute to their workplaces and offices.
Couples, like doctors, Tom and Sara Potter have relished living at their two bedroom, fifth floor apartment at Lovell’s Trinity Walk for three years.
Tom sums up what it means to live at Trinity Walk: “For 10 years previously I’d lived in apartments in London and never even met a neighbour. Here at Trinity Walk, we’ve got to know our neighbours and become good friends. We socialise and regularly see many of the fellow residents on our floor – it’s refreshingly friendly and feels like a real community.”
It’s clear that buyers moving into the area will enjoy both a genuine sense of togetherness and identity with a community spirit – one that opens affordable doors to everyone with a warm Woolwich welcome.