Blackheath, the inner suburb of South East London, has a rich and varied history. Through to be originally named after a 'dark coloured heathland', Blackheath really began to take shape in the nineteenth century when it incorporated the areas of Blackheath Park and Blackheath Vale. With many fine examples of Georgian and Victorian houses, Blackheath has a range of picturesque buildings, each with their own stories and snippets of history. As one of the largest areas of common land in Greater London, there is a striking sense of community in this leafy suburb. The area was well known to early botanist, and in the eighteenth century in particular, Carl Linnaeus had a strong affiliation with the array of heathland prominent. Suffering damages from the Second World War and mineral extraction in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Blackheath has retained its intriguing character in many ways, and the central railway station means visitors and past residents can visit time and time again.
Anthony Page has lived in the area of Blackheath all his life. He is currently a Methodist Local Preacher in the Circuit to which he has belonged for over 55 years. Following the publication of his first book he was instrumental in setting up the Blackheath and Rowley Local History Group, currently having a regular membership of over 120 people.