Towns Lost To The South Of London


Beckenham is a suburb in the London Borough of Bromley. It borders Coombe and West Wickham (in the London Borough of Croydon), the town of Lewisham, Hayes (in the London Borough of Bromley), and Beckenham Place Park (also in Bromley). Although Beckenham only came into being as an urbanised town in the late 19th century, it has existed as an ancient parish with minor origins back to the later medieval period. As the population grew, so did the commercial life of the area.

Beckenham was an important centre within the county and a focus for civic and social events, The London NET ( There were many beautiful buildings constructed in Beckenham, like Manor House (now Beckenham Place Park). This was home to one of the leading families of Tudor England, including a mayor of London and a governor of Tynemouth. Today, Beckenham is still a commuter suburb with the station being only a short distance from the high street. Upper Elmers End Road and parts of the A213 are used by many commuters to reach Beckenham Junction, Crystal Palace or London Bridge.

These areas are serviced by taxi firms too which make it easier for residents to get around. When Kingston upon Thames became a city in 1888 Beckenham became part of it. Today, it is a lively and bustling area with a mixture of shops and grand 19th century villas along its high street together with pleasant green areas and parks. In 2003 Beckenham became a part of the London Borough of Bromley and is now joined by Bromley town to become one of its most coveted areas in South East England.


Belvedere in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is a part of London. It ranks 34th on the list of most densely populated districts and 37th on the list of districts that have most clusters in England. It is joined by other adjoining areas; they are, Sutcliffe Park, Chiswick Business Park, Maybury, Hurlingham Quarters, Fairfax Gardens, Eastcote Greens and Southcote. A place that a lot of people have not heard about but holds a significant place in history.

Belvedere is now a leafy, scenic neighborhood in Southwest London that’s made up of old Victorian houses and beautiful parks. The former district was first mentioned in 1320 as “Bellaverd” which means “beautiful view”. In the 1800s, Belvedere had an array of features including railways and hotels. Nowadays, roads have replaced railways and hotels have given way to residential buildings. But what has remained is a district that is home to many people living in London.

The Belvedere explosion of 1864 was a maritime disaster that occurred when the ship Belvedere was transporting explosive, ammunition and a group of TNT. This unfortunate event resulted in the death of 200 people and injured more than 500. Belvedere, a district in London, England is one of the booming boroughs that have been incorporated to the expanding city. That is why it is important to consider having an address in the place if you do not currently have one.

All eyes are on the districts that have been built within London. Some people may wonder what districts really do for the city and some may ask why it has been added to the extensive list of already existing boroughs. The total area of the London Borough of Waltham Forest is 17. 85 square miles, making it the largest district in Greater London by land area. The borough straddles the boundary between Outer and Inner London, with approximately 53% of the area within the Outer London boundary and 47% within Inner London.


If you didn't already know, here's the situation in Bexleyheath:   The River Cray trundles through the town, but other than that there’s not much to do. The town centre is dominated by boring retail outlets, a multiplex cinema (a title that always smacks of desperation), some branches of high street banks, and chain restaurants. But there are some surprises on offer too. The Bexley Arts Theatre is a decently sized place near the heart of the town and for those looking to see their favourite bands live there’s always Barfly, which has been open since 2004 (that poster on the left of one of the rooms says so).

Bexleyheath is essentially a town in south-east London, which was once a small village but has since become much larger. It was historically part of Kent but was absorbed by the growth and expansion of Greater London in 1965. Bexleyheath is situated just to the east of London, but it is linked to the capital by three motorways and the M25, as well as four railway stations. Here, in the center of Bexleyheath you'll find the Memorial Gardens, perfect for a hot summer's day.

It's also has an adjoining WWI memorial. There are numerous other commemorative trees too; for those who served in WWII and the Korean War. You'll also find a statue dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill at 59 Broadway. Although a lot of things have changed over the years, the reason that Bexleyheath is so popular still remains the same. It is close to Central and has easy access to a major town thoroughfare. The area still houses a number of charming residences, many of which have been around for decades.

Biggin Hill

Aside from being marked on our maps by a zebra crossing, Biggin Hill has something else. It has its own airport. The runway stands close by the village but is named after the nearby farm that stood during WWII. These days, the airport is used by small aircrafts but it was once used very differently. The runway at Biggin Hill was once home to fighter squadrons before they left to defend the country as German Air Force attacked London.

 The airport once housed several squadrons including 56 and 302 who protected Britain from enemy fighters. Long before Biggin Hill was a village, it was common for summer pasture for animals. In 1808 the Biggin Hill House was built, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that what would become a massive airport was built. The airport opened to holiday travelers flying to France and Greece. Biggin Hill is a village in Kent which was an ancient parish.

In the same year, it became a municipal borough. In 1965, London County Council was replaced by Greater London Council and Biggin Hill became part of south London. In 2015, Biggin Hill Airport opened again and even if it’s not as busy as in the 1940s (when almost all of the photographs in this article were taken), Biggin Hill is still an important regional airfield. Biggin Hill's AA sign was situated on the outskirts of the race track, near the village of Edenbridge.

It converted to a cross-road shortly after my brother's mission. Biggin Hill, now part of Bromley (London Borough) has a long and interesting history. Biggin Hill is famous for two things The Battle of Britain and the Beatles. Bexleyheath is also where the borough of Bexley borders Shooters Hill to the south and Westcombe Park to the west. Merton is the location of Merton Library, one of the busiest libraries in London Borough of Merton.


The stunning brick houses and soaring residential buildings in this area attract the attention of many home hunters. Bromley is located on the border of South East London, amid an urban setting. A 19th century architecture still dominates here along with modern day homes that were added recently. Residents are proud of their neighborhood and they know that Bromley is one of expat's first choice for a neighborhood within London. Since the explosion, it has lived on to become a pretty peaceful place.

It extended to include the Royal Kent Golf Club, and there is also a place called The Bromley Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on one of its streets. There is even an area named after the explosion’s victims called the Flower Terrace. This shows how the district has grown in the last 50 years. While the explosive history of Bromley is stirring, perhaps the most interesting thing that happened was the explosion of gas in Chamber’s place; the whole of Bromley was ravaged by fire which involved 500 houses.

Gas had been discovered in Bromley by a few residents some years before it exploded, however, it was ignored and forgotten until a few months later. Bromley is the principal town in the London borough of Bromley, named after Bromley Hill which stood in this district for over 2,000 years. It has tree-lined streets, parks, and diverse housing while the shop fronts are characterised by period architectural features such as bow windows, tabby walls and flint restoration work.


Chelsfield is a town in South East London, England, within the London Borough of Bromley. It was founded around the 10th century as a small village and remained a small village until 1853 when it became part of the railway boom in Lewisham. Chelsfield has lots to offer people looking for properties in South-east london. Properties are becoming increasingly popular amongst families and young professionals who are looking for a quiet location but still with easy access to the City.

Chelsfield is a little village that has been around for hundreds of years. The town is located in Bromley, Kent and is quite old as evidenced by the many thatched roofed cottages that you'll find as you explore the area. Numbering only about 300 residents, Chelsfield is considered to be one of the smallest villages in the United Kingdom. Chelsfield Railway station is the base for all the attractions in Chelsfield. Despite being a rural town having its own train station, it only takes 15 minuets to get into Central London.

As you can see from the photos, Chelsfield doesnt feel like a town at all; this is why it is so successful in terms of residentials prices. The clean and contemporary architecture of Chelsfield is juxtaposed against the more traditional thatched rooves and cottages which give Chelsfield village a sense of gravity and calmness. It is perhaps not the most charming place to visit, but the areas where it lacks in charm it makes up for in cleanliness.

This picturesque town known for its �Cainborough Farm and Chelsfield Antiques Centre� lies less than a mile north-east of Bromley town centre. The Church of St Peter and St Paul stands in the centre of the village while charming old cottages and manor houses nestle among the lanes and lanes of farmland. Chelsfield has always been an affluent town in London, which has its origins in being the Saxon capital of Chelefeld. It is said that the town title was given to it by a wealthy man who moved in and built his wooden castle on the hill.


The amazing history of Chislehurst is one of the reasons the town has transitioned into a transient area for Londoners. During the last half decade, new residents have been steadily turning old homes and spaces into modernized oases in this postcard perfect environment. By taking full advantage of its beautiful surroundings, local businesses have created an ambiance of luxury and modernity, bolstering the area’s popularity among urbanites. You can expect to find high-end shops like Gucci and Hugo Boss mixed with a selection of local ones like Bon Bon Macarons.

 At night, you can indulge in the evening at one of Chislehurst's many trendy bars and restaurants, or make your way up the hill to view the historic. The area, which has a population of just over 20,000 residents, consists mainly of houses that were built before the 20th century. It has in recent months seen a boom in a number of commercial developments in the Bickley and Footscray Road areas of Chislehurst closest to the Chislehurst common.

These include renovations and conversions to office blocks as well as new developments for offices and retail that have sprung up along the foot railway line from Honor Oak to Chislehurst train station. Chislehurst is a village in Greater London situated 4. 5 miles southeast of Charing Cross on the north slopes of the hill known as Beane Hill (188 m). It is separated from Beckenham and Eltham by the A225, from Sidcup by the A207 (Bexley Road) and from Mottingham by Danson Lane.

The hamlets of Jay Green, Pound Hill and Priory Gardens are now considered part of Chislehurst though previously they were considered separate villages. The area is most known for its natural wonders. A National Trust property, Chislehurst Caves are a series of underground passageways that have attracted visitors since the time of Henry VIII. Chartwell and Lenham Caves are also located nearby. Chislehurst is a distinctive, almost rural corner of Greater London, which has attracted people since the 19th century with its expansive gardens and untouched, unspoilt countryside.

 Once you visit, you’ll want to return again and again. Chislehurst is a small and affluent metropolitan town in Southeast London. It was historically a village in Kent, located on the southern escarpment of the North Downs at the highest crossing point of the river Darent. Known for its rapid rate of change, Bromley is full of young people who have chosen to live in the city. The area is so popular that the Borough of Bromley has decided to build more homes to accommodate the grwoth of the young population.

Petts Wood

Petts Wood was an extremely rural place to live throughout the 19th century. But with the industrial revolution, London expanded rapidly and within a few decades virtually all of South East England (and even parts of Wales) had been fully agricultural and green were covered in bricks and mortar. This meant that rural villages like Petts Wood started to grow in the last decade of the 19th century as middle class people started moving away from city living.

Petts Wood offers the perfect mix of open spaces, conservation areas and green spaces to enjoy all the delights of the great outdoors, with easy access to both central London as well as Canterbury in Kent.  With so much to do in this beautiful part of Kent, you could spend years just exploring the area and still find new places to visit every time you step out of the door. A quiet and uncrowded street where homes range from the early 1900s to the late 1950s.

There is a row of small shops on the high street which are very much part of the community. The amenities of Petts Wood include Manor Park secondary school, a local shopping precinct and two churches. A stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of London, Petts Wood was once described as "the garden town built in the fields! Today it retains a sense of affluent serenity, yet is also full of charm and character, especially along the lane-laced village streets.


The area was originally a marsh and it still is. The manor called Plumstead then, was an ancient boundary between the Ridgeway of Essex in the North. A toll point into London in the south on Old Woolwich Road was another major part of the name scene. From the late 1800s, Plumstead became one of Southeast London’s key areas for manufacturing and industry. This geographical location, alongside easy tram access, made it very popular with workers during this time.


A few hundred year ago, a small settlement existed which was named Foots Cray. This settlement was chartered in the year 1851. The town of Sidcup is an urban town located at the farthest southern edge of Greater London. Sidcup is located on the southeastern periphery of London and is part of the metropolitan area of the city. It is along with a newer part of town that was founded in 1929, separated from its ancient place by a sizable wood called Foots Cray Wood or Minnis wood, which belongs to Kent Wildlife Trust.

The growth of population in the Kent area has been remorsseless. The first indication of this was after the discovery of Britain’s first Chalk Pit in Foot's Cray in 1840. The next decade showed a rapid rise to By 1851, during which, the parish of Sidcup covered an area of 1479 acres. Apart from the agricultural land, large areas were occupied by Sidcups Heath and Lodge Wood which together accounted for 490 acres, as per census data carried out in 1851.

Up until the 18th century, Sidcup was known as Foots Cray. In 1440, a man by the name of John Cray owned approximately 130 acres and a mill. The land up until then had been uninhabited, being covered by forest and marsh with only animals roaming around. It was until this time that Foots Cray became settled and more land was cultivated. However, it was not until 1914 that Foots Cray came to be known as Sidcup.

The town of Sidcup was first recorded in the 10th century as Siettibroc and literally means 'dry stream'(20). In the Domesday Book, it was recorded as Setecestre. The village name of Foot's Cray, is derived from the Saxon feot or fee a man’s fee held by an under-tenant, creech (meaning. Sidcup is an ancient parish in the county of Kent, England. It was divided into four wards for administrative and election purposes, although currently most of these wards are included in the boundaries of the Town Council.

West Heath

West Heath was included in the Metropolitan Police District in 1840, but it did not come under the authority of the (PGC) until 1855.   By then, the Metropolitan had already begun to stretch its tentacles far beyond London, although most of this growth happened after 1880. West Heath came to be served by three TfL bus routes: the 1, which still plies between Elmers End and Hayes via Catford Road; the 157, which runs between Plumstead and Catford Bridge Station; and the 179 between Lewisham and Bexleyheath.

All three were converted from former London Regional Transport routes in June 1994 as a part of a wave of orbital route changes (making them all orbital except for one terminus). What’s in a name? West Heath not only lives up to West as a geographical location, but it has also been segregated from the rest of its surroundings by roads and railways. The historical significance is what fascinates me though. At the end of the 19th century, factories began to bud all over London, however West Heath wasn’t so lucky to get its own.

In fact there wasn’t one within a mile that produced dairy and butter products. Who would’ve thought?. The territory of West Heath is a suburb of London that appears in the Finsbury Park area. This is an area that was once served by three Transport for London bus services. These bus services are: the 149, the 266 and the 483, which were all seen operating in the area during May 2008. I know what you are thinking.

This place is bleak. It might not be as hectic as the city that surrounds it, but there’s something about the quietness of West Heath that has always appealed to me. I think it’s the contrast that comes with every visit to my hometown. Served by three Transport for London bus services, West Heath has certainly been touched by London in the past century. It lay within the Hundred of Foots Cray. Having said this, the older part of Petts Wood is mostly detached and semi-detached housing on large plots of land often described as "garden villages".


The Royal Arsenal was one of several ordnance factories in the area, and was opened in 1805 to manufacture and repair arms. The site initially employed 3,000 workers, working on six acres of land between Woolwich Dockyard and the Royal Military Academy – both located adjacent to the Arsenal site. They were involved in small-scale, experimental manufacturing of firearms. By the mid-1800s, it had been expanded to over 100 acres and was producing cannons and ammunition for the British Army.

Woolwich has a fascinating history having made weapons, including the world's first guided missiles, since 40,000 B. C. The Royal Arsenal is not like many places in the UK. At one point it handled up to a third of the UK's ordnance needs, even though it was only five miles from London. It would process supplies for the army and earn some wars-related nicknames, like the Mother of all England. Founded in 1805, the Royal Arsenal produced armaments until 1927.

Its most significant contribution to the war effort came in the First World War, when the factory employed 15,000 women (below) on the production line and created 24 hours of daylight to facilitate round-the-clock working. The site also played a vital role in both world wars as it was part of the Royal Ordnance Factories. Industry : Woolwich is an area of London with a medieval history, and all the structure and buildings in this part of the town speak volumes about its past.

An industrial center from the mid-19th century onwards, it started out on top of sand dunes overlooking the River Thames but eventually acquired more buildings and a better infrastructure as it rapidly grew in importance. In the Second World War, Woolwich was a major evacuation centre, with thousands of London children being evacuated here.   Woolwich is now more associated with activities such as army barracks and football (Woolwich Arsenal) than it was in the past.

Laura Grace

Laura Grace

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