Charlton was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. As far back as this, Charlton was a humble farmstead, vastly different to the Charlton we know today. It was between 1607 and 1612 that Charlton first saw a significant change. Thanks to Sir Adam Newton, the tutor of Prince Henry, a new manor house was built in Charlton, this started a few changes in the village, like the rebuilding of the church.
Charlton has seen a lot of industry in its time. This industry that centred on Charlton Pier for a while led to a series of very serious fires in the mid 19th century. However, industry continued in Charlton. Even up to World War 2 when J. Stone & Co, a non-ferrous foundry, moved from Deptford to Charlton. This foundry produced 22,000 propellers for the Royal Navy during the war. Making Charlton a very integral part of the war effort.
In the 18th century, Daniel Defoe had some rather unpleasant words to say about the village claiming that Charlton was “a village famous…for the yearly collected rabble of mad-people”. Thankfully, Charlton Athletic F.C. has put a stop to all of these “mad-people” meeting in the village now! The Charlton Athletic football ground being just north of the village, of course.