The London Borough of Lewisham is located in southeast London, England.  Lewisham grew up as a village on the banks of the Ravensbourne river.  Records of the area date back to Saxon times when it was known as ‘Levesham’, meaning ‘the house among the meadows’.  Lewisham's economy was mainly agricultural, with its inhabitants growing crops and keeping pigs for a living.  Its location on the confluence of two rivers meant that land had to be drained in order for farmers to expand their farmland.  The settlement grew as irrigation methods improved, spreading north across the fertile flood plain.  Lewisham remained relatively undeveloped until the early 1800s, when the Riverdale Mill was built to process leather and corn.  Its market, established in 1906, still functions today.  The town centre was severely damaged by Second World War bombing, but was rebuilt in the 1950s.