Most people who have heard of the area of Blackheath in South London are also familiar with the story that the name is associated with the 1665 Plague or the Black Death of the mid-14th century. This is something of an urban myth though and the real origin of the name is much less gruesome.
At Franklyn James we believe in no half measures, we are transparent in how we do business, committed to achieving your goals, and we take pride in every element of our work. If you’re thinking of selling, letting, or using property management across the Blackheath area, let us be frank, you need Franklyn James.
The area has been known by a version of the name ‘Blackheath’ since at least the mid 12th century, when the heathland was simply a darker colour than the grasslands bordering the Thames. Although the dates don’t tally with the infamous Plague of our school lessons, the heath was still most probably used as a plague pit at some point, as burial pits in and around London have been large and numerous throughout history when plague has caused churchyards to become overcrowded. Despite these grisly connections, the area is now regarded as a beauty spot and a perfect place for a picnic – just don’t forget the five-second rule.
With road names like Tranquil Vale, Royal Parade and Montpelier Row you know the high street area of Blackheath is going to be pretty upmarket. Independent shops make for a much more interesting high street and the area between Blackheath station and All Saints church is a very pleasing combination of tree lined avenues, first floor sash windows and cared-for shop fronts.
Blackheath station runs regular trains to London Bridge, Charing Cross, Gillingham and Dartford. By DLR it takes less than 15 minutes from Deptford Bridge station to Heron Quays, which is then only a few minutes’ walk to Canary Wharf (Zone 2). There are many bus routes serving Blackheath, including the 53, 180, 199, 386 and N89 (night bus).
Fulfilling your lifestyle aspirations…
April in Blackheath is all about the first mile of the London Marathon. Quite frankly, the actual running doesn’t look like much fun, but the spectating definitely is. Stake your claim to a route-side bench, wall, balcony or table and cheer on the rhinos.
Blackheath Gallery is a long-established exhibition space for UK and overseas artists. As well as displaying works of art, they also provide valuation, restoration and bespoke framing services.
Families will love
The Conservatoire offers creative activities for all ages at London’s oldest surviving purpose-built multi-arts complex. Founded in 1881 and housed in three Grade II listed buildings, past events have included ‘Shipwreck Cove’; an artificial beach with sand, sandcastles, rockpools and pirates.
The Blackheath area is known for its highly rated schools which include Halstow Primary School, Millennium Primary School and St Ursula’s Convent School. To discover properties within the catchment area, contact Franklyn James, sales and letting agents Blackheath.
" Franklyn James have rented my properties for many years, and whilst I get approached from many other agencies, I wouldn't go anywhere else. My properties have pretty much zero void periods, rents are paid on time, and their property management team is tip top in terms of response times and service. I used other agencies in the E14 postcode prior to Franklyn James, and am glad I signed up with them (which is now over 10 years ago). The team have been both exceptional and supportive - Lee Alter, Gary Atkins, Joanna Socko (who have been there forever (which is always a very good sign when you choose an agent). Additionally, Kweku Quagraine has been pretty immense managing my properties.
Bottom line, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Franklyn James. Great agency. "
" Gary is an excellent manager, who always helped with various issues that arise during the time we were renting through Franklyn James. We had several things that we wanted to change in the flat and Gary helped to communicate those to landlord and achieve the outcome that was satisfactory for both parties. During the final checkout and deposit return, Gary has quickly settled any remaining questions with the landlord and deposit monies were returned promptly. Thank you very much for all your help! "
" My wife and I used Franklyn James to market and sell our property in Bow. We were very impressed with the service we received. Lee and Antony were very responsive, pro-active and diligent throughout. I would have no hesitation recommending the firm. "
" Super responsive, very friendly, ultra accommodating, coming in on weekends for multiple viewings and measuring of walls in order to buy furniture. Always on top of it all! "
" I purchased a property through Antony. Throughout the process, Antony was very accommodating and always went the extra mile to ensure I got what I needed. There were complications along the way (out of Franklyn James’ control) and Antony was calm and pragmatic and I can thankfully say kept everyone in the chain happy resulting in me obtaining my dream property. I’ve been in the property a week now and can honestly say Antony that it is even better than I remembered! Thank you so much 😊 "
" I had a nice experience renting a house with George. Since the first moment of viewing to signing the contract, he made it so easy. I can truly recommend him as an estate agent if you want to rent the property quickly. "
" Marks professionalism, dedication and hard work on securing our property was outstanding. His ability to cut right to the important points and get business done efficiently is a great skill that people really need from their agent when looking for a property. The fact we both had the same designer socks on that day secured the deal but not sure how he did that :) Thanks for all your help it has been a pleasure dealing with you. "
" My wife and I have been assisted by George; he has been very kind and helpful and managed to find a property matching what we were looking for and very quickly.
He has also been very available and arrange us a last minute viewing outside of his normal working hours.
We definitely recommend him! "
" We had the pleasure to work with George Ward from Franklyn James and we recommend him one hundred percent. George was extremely professional and helped us find and win the apartment that we were gunning for. He also was very patient with our endless number of queries and always answered them promptly with a smile. "
" Mark has been an excellent agent especially with regards to transitioning from sales to rental. His communication has been prompt, very reachable and always follows through to a good end. I would highly recommend and will continue with his services. "
Important message to our Customers!
The Government has confirmed that Estate Agencies can continue to operate during the period of the second lockdown in England with the housing market to remain open and people allowed to move homes.
The health of our customers, colleagues and communities is of the utmost importance to us and we wish to reassure you that we are doing all we can to keep our customers moving and are adhering to the strict social distancing and health and safety measures as guided by the Government. Therefore, we will be operating behind closed doors with all viewings and visits to our offices by members of the public to be conducted by appointment only.