A SQUARE BY SQUARE LOOK AT LONDON
TQ51 72 This square covers an area of Dartford Heath bisected by the M2. Most of the square is the Kent side of the boundary
Boundary London/Kent/BexleyThe boundary crosses Chastilion Road between North Road and Heath Road and turns west south of, and parallel to, Chastilion Road. It crosses Station Road and continues along Hillcrest Road, leaves it slightly northwards and cuts across the end of Heathview Avenue, and then turns north west along the northern edge of a piece of woodland.
The boundary comes south down the side of a small wood and goes south west, skirting another small wood and the end of the cut off section of the old Rochester Way and crosses the current Rochester Way.
Post to the west Coldblow
Post to the north Crayford
On the boundary
Maypole Institute which has become a social club.
St.Barnabas Church was built here in 1925. Closed in 1971 and moved to Tile Kiln Lane.
The London/Bexley side of the boundary
New housing in Wansunt Pit Coal duty boundary marker. Above the base is written ‘24&25 VICT CAP 42.’ Plus mouldings with the arms of the City of London. At the foot is the maker’s name Regent’s Canal Ironworks London Henry Grissell 1861. This marker was in the quarry, quite near the office portacabin, and then hidden in the undergrowth.
Old Stone Age finds in the 1880s. good view of this almost enclosed space with steep sided cliffs, at the end of Heathview Avenue. There is also a view, though not all that satisfactory, of the site as a whole by peering through the fence along Denton Road on Dartford Heath
This vast quarry, was also known as the Gun Club Quarry. on the site of the ancient settlement of Wansunt. It has been a very important site for prehistoric discoveries - Bronze Age finds here in the early 20th. It now contains a housing estate. What was extracted from these pits. who owned them? Denehole the shaft was 60 ft. deep and the height of the chambers 12 ft. Rail line went down to the pit
The Kent/Dartford side of the boundary
Bowman’s Lodge. HQ of Royal Society of Kentish Bowmen 1785. Shooting matches, plays, dinners and entertaining actresses. It was founded by the owner of Mount Mascal and they all had to wear ‘dandyish’ costumers. The Prince of Wales was a patron. They built a house to use as a headquarters.
Bowman’s Gravel pit. Where Old Stone Age finds have been made. Pit dwellings, bracelets etc. found
Denehole between Bowman's Lodge and Crayford Bridge.
Lesnes Abbey tile works were at ‘Bekersden’ on Dartford Heath. Where is this??
Not made up until the 20th. Sometimes locally called ‘The cinder road’. But seems to have been a main footpath over the Heath.
1-2 formerly called Edith Villas, probably 1870s, with decorative plaster work
Modernist house – now private health institute
Name now given to housing built in the area of the grounds of Maypole House, which was part of the Baldwyns Estate. Built to house hospital staff
Maypole House was on the site of this close.
The woodland at the rear has a valley with a stream in it. The stream follows the London/Kent boundary
Is now under the motorway. It was on a high ridge and Heathwood Lodge was on it. It was between the Dell and the ‘Second Valley’. The third valley was ‘The Paddock’.
Compilation of this work has taken many years and numerous sources of material. However, for many item in this section I would like to thank, and refer readers for more detail, to the Kent Underground Research Group and the Chelsea Spelaeological Society. I would also like to draw attention to an excellent web site on the Maypole/Coldblow area and to Darrell Spurgeon's 'Discover' series.