Charlton Directory

Charlton is inner suburb of southeast London, England, and part of the London Borough of Greenwich. It is located 7.2 miles (11.6 km) east-southeast of Charing Cross. Charlton next Woolwich was an ancient parish in the county of Kent, which became part of the metropolitan area of London in 1855. It is home to Charlton Athletic F.C. and the location of Charlton House.

The centre of Charlton SE7 is known as "The Village" and spans down Charlton Church Lane, which is on a hillside overlooking the River Thames. Old postcards from the 19th century depict the layout of the Village then as being similar to that of today. Moving away from the Village, in the opposite direction to Shooters Hill, the area termed as present day Charlton branches out towards Blackheath Royal Standard in one direction and steeply downhill in the opposite direction towards the shopping areas. This urban sprawl has led to the name New Charlton being applied to a large area reaching down to the south bank of the River Thames, roughly where the Thames Barrier crosses the river, although the barrier itself is located at Woolwich Reach.