|View towards Crystal Palace from Durham Hill|
In all the years I worked in Downham and used the old (and lovely) swimming baths and library off Moorside Road, although I must have seen it I didn't really take that much notice of their location and the magnificent views across south London. Durham Hill, which is sometimes referred to as Downham Playing Fields, is accessible from various points along Downham Way, Moorside Road at the junction with Durham Hill (the road), and behind the Leisure Centre.
|Downham Swimming Baths (photo courtesy of Ideal Homes)|
|'When I came back in 2002 the baths had closed and were in a sorry state' (text and photo courtesy of Friends Reunited)|
|Downham Health & Leisure Centre, looking towards Downham Way/Launcelot Road|
|Towards Downham Way, in the autumn sunshine.|
|Towards Southover and Bromley Hill|
Contrast the two photos below, taken in March 2011, with now.
Eighteen months' later. The end of an era.