This is the district of south-east London between Catford and Eltham. It remained a sparsely populated rural area until the 18th century when the area first began to be developed.
At this time industrialisation hadn't reached the district and the development of the district largely centred around several mansions built by some of London's wealthy businessmen.
This subsequently led to the district becoming a popular residence for the middle classes and so Lee experienced a mini building boom.
But the main development of the area occurred in the late 19th century, after the railway had reached the district. Like many parts of south London, Lee quickly became a sprawling residential suburb.
But several parks and greens were preserved in order to break up the housing estates and so Lee is a more attractive suburb than many parts of south London. Today Lee is part of the borough of Lewisham.
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