Lewisham is one of the Inner London boroughs and is situated to the south east. Lewisham was formed when the boroughs of Lewisham and Deptford were amalgamated in 1965 after the London Government Act 1963. Like Hackney, Lewisham is one of Britain's few council districts which is led by an elected mayor.
Lewisham has historically been associated with sports. It still is as it is where the London Marathon starts. Sports were played and fairs held in Lewisham's Blackheath. On a less sporting note the area used to be terrorised by highwaymen!
The borough of Lewisham has been called home by the late James Callaghan, former Prime Minister; and Terry Waite, the Archbishop of Canterbury's special envoy sent to negotiate the release of hostages in Beiruit only to be held hostage himself for 5 years, had his family home in Blackheath.