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The Tarn  
The Tarn has a notable natural lake, and is a surviving fragment of the 17th century landscape of Eltham Lodge. It used to be called Starbuck's Pond. The parkland formerly belonged to Eltham Palace and was incorporated in the new landscape of Eltham Lodge. The Lodge was built in 1664 after Sir John Shaw took over the lease of the Palace estate from the Crown in 1663. Near the entrance of the small park is a brick icehouse of the 1750s with brick domed roof. In the days before fridges and freezers were invented, ice was cut from the lake in the winter, and stored in here for summer use by the inhabitants of Eltham Lodge.. It was so well insulated that the ice survived for several months after the thaw.

The Tarn was bought by the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich in 1935 for a public park A Heritage Lottery Fund grand was awarded for restoration works in 2001.

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