Abbey Wood History and Family History
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Abbey Wood is in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in south east London and has the post code SE2.
Greenwich Heritage Centre
Woolwich, SE18 4DX
Tel: 0208 854 2452
Greenwich Heritage Centre Website
The line of the old road by the river is fast being effaced by buildings, but its position is fairly marked by Hartville Road and Gunning Street, and it is still traceable on the unbuilt land both to the east and to the west. We shall meet with it again at Abbey Wood presently, but may spend a few moments in tracing it by means of the Camden map (above) towards Woolwich. Some other of the early maps show the road from Woolwich to Erith in an absolutely straight course, but they are on a small scale and obscure. They nevertheless give colour to the reasonable conjecture that before Woolwich Warren was turned to account the main highway went directly across the ground now covered by the Royal Arsenal. My belief is that it passed close to the Tower Place and formed a continuation of the ancient High Street, at Warren Lane.
– W.T. Vincent, The Records of the Woolwich District, vol II