Home to the Woolwich Ferry and the Woolwich foot tunnel; Woolwich used to be somewhere to pass through, rather than a destination in its own right. That is all set to change though, as a certain rail link will soon be connecting Woolwich directly with Heathrow, making Woolwich a very desirable place to live.
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Sitting in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, there has been a thriving community in Woolwich since medieval times. In 1512 the Royal Dockyard was opened by Henry VIII and tasked with building the ‘Great Harry’ warship, which kick-started naval expansion. This was swiftly followed with the establishment of the Royal Arsenal, the Royal Horse Artillery, the Woolwich Dockyard and the Royal Military Academy.
Continuing its military contribution, Woolwich has the rather grand claim to fame of having been the heart of the military-industrial complex of the British Empire whilst it was at its superpower heights. Evidence of Woolwich’s military past can still be seen in some of its buildings today, which are decorated with curlicues, huge porticos and Portland stone masonry. It hasn’t entirely lost its military affiliations, either, as the 2012 Olympic shooting events took place in Woolwich.
Whilst the arms manufacturers and dockers have all shipped out now – the MoD finally left the area in 1994 – new luxury apartments have been popping up all over Woolwich. The most notable of these is the Royal Arsenal development, which was bought and transformed into high-end residential apartments by Barratt Homes and Berkeley Homes.
Fulfilling your lifestyle dreams…
You might be surprised to learn that Woolwich was home to the very first UK branch of McDonalds which was opened in 1974… If your palate is a little more refined, the Dial Arch public house is a local favourite, serving a traditional and locally sourced British menu. For a snack on the go, or maybe to pick up some exotic supplies for your own kitchen, take a walk through Beresford Square Market, where you can find a range of foodie delights from all over the world.
If you have a bit of time to kill, you can catch a Thames Clipper into central London, giving you an excellent view of the Woolwich Dockyards along the way. For history buffs, the area’s military past means it is awash with museums and sites of historical interest – you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Woolwich is due to welcome The Elizabeth Line (formerly Crossrail) in 2018, which will connect Woolwich to Heathrow and from there, the rest of the world. Woolwich Arsenal DLR station (Zone 4) connects Woolwich to the City, getting you to Bank in around 27 minutes and Canary Wharf in approx. 22 minutes. Buses serving Woolwich include the 51, 53, 244, 291 and 386.
Families will love
For history lovers, you can’t do better than a day out at Royal Woolwich Arsenal, which houses a collection of historic military buildings. Once you’ve had your fill of history, rumour has it that the Cornerstone Cafe at the Arsenal serves a delicious pulled pork bun. Kids will love the Wet n Wild attraction at the Waterfront Leisure Centre and the Firepower exhibition at the Royal Artillery Museum.
There are lots of primary schools in and around Woolwich including Christ Church C of E Primary School, Cardwell Primary School and Bannockburn Primary School. Plus the Greenwich Free School is a local secondary. To discover properties within the catchment area, contact Franklyn James, sales and letting agents Woolwich.
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" After providing Mark a brief criteria over the phone he scheduled viewings for that afternoon and even stayed late for me to attend after finishing work.
Mark had listened attentively and clearly knew his market as all properties I viewed had potential and I made an offer for one on the spot The apartment had just come on the market that afternoon, Mark provided great advice on how to act and worked incredibly quickly to secure the property before i'd even had breakfast the next morning.
Having been in the property a couple months' Marks remained in touch and checked that everything is going okay which highlights his personable approach.
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Jack A'BearApril, 2018
" Mark was the first agent we saw. We described our rough tick-list of what we wanted, where how much we wanted to pay etc. As it transpired, the perfect house came onto the market in that evening and Mark knew it would be right for us.
He was pretty spot on. We took it straight off the market and were the first to view the property. A month down the line, we're moved in and couldn't be happier.
Mark is a top bloke - friendly, not too salesy, understood what we wanted and post offer was really helpful. "
Jack PayneMarch, 2018
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William BatemanNovember, 2017
" Mark is fantastic estate agent and negotiator. From the moment the property went on the market he provided excellent service. Mark's ability to read people and the market meant he was able to get the right people in to view the property and achieve some amazing offers in a difficult climate.
He is very responsive and very easy to contact. He is easy to talk to and listens to what you are looking for.
As a property investor I often work with estate agents to buy and sell property and without doubt Mark is the most skilled and professional agent I have worked with.
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Sofia ThomasNovember, 2017
" As a first time buyer, Franklyn James and in particular Mark Kimber was extremely helpful with the entire process. Mark was friendly, easy to contact, always on hand to give useful advice and I'd recommend him and his services in future. I experienced a few estate agents across my property search and Mark was by far the best. I thank him personally for helping us purchase our first property.
Amy DaviesNovember, 2017
" Mark's service was excellent. He was responsive, knowledgeable and very helpful in resolving last minute issues in order to ensure completion occurred smoothly and on schedule. I would definitely recommend the services of Mark and Franklyn James. "
" We were very impressed with Franklyn James, in particular Philip Dockerill.
We felt Philip genuinely cared, and that practically he could handle the high stress of certain elements of our move. He managed complicated negotiations, questions and problems throughout the sale with calm, professionalism and proved the depth of his knowledge around all elements of a property sale and the market at the time.
We also found that we could always reach Philip, or if we couldn't he would return the missed call promptly. He maintained regular updates and contact via email and we also found him willing to pick up the phone to manage and discuss difficult scenarios. This seems a simple thing, but is a quality we very much valued and appreciated in him during a stressful time.
We cannot recommend him highly enough if you are looking to buy or sell in the area. "
" I have been completely thrilled with the service that Mark has provided.
He handled all negotiations with such professionalism and was able to secure a fantastic price in a very uneasy market.
Mark's ability to read people meant that all appropriate leads were followed up and he didn't waste time where it was clear people were not interested. Once the offer was in Mark continued to work tirelessly to ensure both parties were moving forward and remained positive and friendly throughout. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend Mark Kimber to anyone who needs to sell a property. "
J JibbAugust, 2017