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Beaverwood Road

1-5 1909 Atay.

Chiselhurst Boys Grammar School extended in 1938 by KCC

Cray Valley Tech. Kemnal Manor Upper School. Built 1934 as Chiselhurst and Sidcup County Grammar School, and done extremely well by John W. Potlock, with Christiani Nielsen as consultants. Not at all the normal Kent County Education Department's school design of the 1930s but a design that has worn extremely well. Built to three stories because the site was in use for playing fields. Listed in 1982 and largely unaltered.

Chislehurst cemetery. The Royal British Legion memorial, at, is a simple Portland stone headstone bearing a central carving of the Legion's lion's head. 

Beaverwood girls secondary school

Foxbury Avenue

Darul Uloom London. Islamic school

Kemnal Road

Kemnal Manor  called ‘Kemeshol’,  ‘Kemehal’ 1240, ‘Kemenhole’ 1301, ‘Kymenhole’ 1387, ‘Kenmale’ 1480, that is ‘hollow or valley of a man called Cyma', from an Old English personal name and Old English ‘hol’.

'Foxbury', manor house Grade II listed Jacobean style.  Built in 1876 for a banker, Henry Tiarks and used as a women’s section of the Church Missionary Society. V2 attack 14 February 1945 then in use as convalescent home for London ATS women. No civilian casualties reported.

Glasshouse. Cold war nuclear bunker now a private house.

Old Elthamians Association sports ground in memory of former pupils in the
Second World War

Old Perry Street

Sydney Arms

Perry Street

Western Motor Works. Name spelt out 1967. Architect worked at Bedford Park. A very early example of its type, 1909 by E. J. May, has a high-spirited showroom of 1966-7 by Oliver E. Steer

Frogpool Farm on the junction with the By Pass.  Cattle taken across the road into the 1960s

Frogpool Farm

Scadbury Park

Moated Saxon manor for the Scantleburys and then the Walsinghams, 1425-1655. Queen Elizabeth, Henslow. Tudor House demolished 1725. New house 1870. Moat still there. Fired 1976. Hunting Park Council 1983. Had been meant for housing. Woodland. Farmland. Meadows. Pool. Streams. Struggling to keep grass blades free from developers. Was de Scathebury. 1930s bricks mark the old foundation and tried to recreate the hall - hence the modern chimney. .

Nature Reserve An area of formerly traditionally managed farmland retains many hedgerows, meadows, ponds and streams. Formerly an enclosed hunting park owned by the De-Scathebury family and later the influential Walsinghams.  By the 20C ownership had passed to the Townshends. The park was acquired by the borough council for housing in 1983 but opened in 1985 as a new public open space. The woodland has a core of former wood pasture with massive oaks estimated to be around 400 years old. A section has been planted with sycamore but as this was formerly coppiced, extensive areas of bluebells survive. The wood below the main ride seems to be colonised farmland with field boundary hedge species in abundance such as gean and field maple. Typically, the ground flora of the former wood pasture is dominated by bracken, while the ancient woodland contains wood anemone and wood sorrel. The diversity of woodland structure supports many woodland birds including nuthatches, tawny owls and all three British woodpeckers. Shallow streams, several large drainage ditches and nine ponds provide important habitats for various amphibians such as the great crested newt. Damp conditions in the NE section suit the broad-buckler as well as other kinds of fern along with opposite-leaved golden saxifrage and many mosses and lichens.

V2 rockets struck on 8 February 1945, starting at 3am, which damaged Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Properties in Perry Street, though no casualties resulted.

The Heath

Thatched Cottage nineteenth century


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