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Blackheath is an open and level grassland with some outdoor sports facilities. The heath has two ponds, one used for boating at the weekends.

The Paragon, a crescent on the edge of the heath, is lined with colonnaded houses dating from the late 18th century. It was built to attract well-to-do people when Blackheath was trying to lose its reputation as an area plagued by highwaymen.

In the early 20th century the area fell into disrepair and suffered serious bomb damage during World War II. However, the Paragon has since been fully restored to its original grandeur.

Blackheath village, with its Georgian houses and terraces, is on the far side of the heath and is well worth strolling around.

The prettily named 'Tranquil Vale' to the south has shops selling antiques, books and prints, while All Saints Church boasts an unusually sharp spire that resembles a witch's hat.

In 1381 the Peasants Revolt took place on Blackheath. It was also here that James I introduced the game of golf, popular in his native Scotland, to the then sceptical English.

Today the area makes up part of the London Marathon route.



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