Shooters Hill  Kent


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Shooters Hill like this:

SHOOTERS-HILL, an eminence, a hamlet, and a chapelry, in Eltham parish, Kent. The eminence rises 1 mile S of Woolwich; is an insulated mass of London clay, 446 feet high; was thickly wooded, and called Sheters-Held, in the time of Richard II.; took its present name from bands of outlaws, who anciently haunted its woods to assail wayfarers on a great road crossing it; was the scene of archery and other sports, in the presence of Henry VIII. ...

and his queen Catherine; is traversed by both an ancient Roman road and a great modern one; bears aloft a triangular tower, erected to commemorate the taking of Severndroog in India; and commands a panoramic view, very fine on all sides, and finest on the side toward London.-The hamlet adjoins the eminence; and has a post-office under London SE, and a R. police station.—The chapelry was constituted in 1866. Pop., 423. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of London. Value, not reported. Patron, the Rev. J. S. Masters.

Shooters Hill through time

Shooters Hill is now part of Greenwich district. Click here for graphs and data of how Greenwich has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Shooters Hill itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Shooters Hill, in Greenwich and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 24th March 2019

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