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Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
is a town in the London Borough of Bexley, England, 12 miles (19.3 km) southeast of Charing Cross. It is identified in the London Plan
London Plan
as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.[1] Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
is within the historic county of Kent.

Contents

1 History 2 Geography 3 Town centre 4 Leisure and culture 5 Education 6 Places of worship 7 Transport

7.1 Rail 7.2 Buses

8 Notable residents 9 References 10 External links

History

Rear of Red House, Bexleyheath

Until the early 19th century, Bexley
Bexley
Heath comprised an area of scrub-land with few buildings, although Bexley
Bexley
Heath windmill stood at the corner of what is today Erith
Erith
Road and Mayplace Road. The heath bordered Watling Street. In 1766 Sir John Boyd had Danson House
Danson House
built in parkland (now Danson Park
Danson Park
between Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
and Welling). In 1814 the land to the north of Bexley
Bexley
that would become Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
became subject to an Enclosure Act. In 1859 architect Philip Webb
Philip Webb
designed Red House for the artist, reforming designer and socialist William Morris on the western edge of the heath, in the hamlet of Upton—before Upton became largely developed as a London suburb. The National Trust acquired the house in 2003. Morris wanted to have a "Palace of Art" in which he and his friends could enjoy producing works of art. The house is of red brick with a steep tiled roof and an emphasis on natural materials. Red House is in a non-historical, brick-and-tile domestic style. It is now a Grade I listed building. Morris lived with his wife Jane in the house for five years, during which time their two daughters, Jenny and May, were born. Forced to sell the house for financial reasons in 1865, Morris vowed never to return to it—he said that to see the house again would be more than he could bear. Bexleyheath's parish church, Christ Church, dates from 1841; and the parish of Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
from 1866; the building of the current church finished in 1877. Alfred Bean, railway-engineer and one-time owner of Danson House, furthered the development of Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
as a London suburb by championing the Bexleyheath Line
Bexleyheath Line
in the 1880s to support the growth of estates around Danson Park. The clock-tower at the centre of the modern shopping area, built in 1912, commemorates the coronation of King George V. In the late 1970s the London Borough of Bexley
London Borough of Bexley
built its headquarters, the Civic Offices, in Bexleyheath. Geography Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
forms part of the historic county of Kent; and since 1965 with the creation of the Greater London
Greater London
Council under the London Government Act 1963 it has also formed part of the London Borough of Bexley. It is generally seen as being split into two parts by the old Roman road. The DA6 postcode area which is south Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
has a less homogeneous feel and features Danson House
Danson House
and the Red House. Adjacent to the park, Danson Road has an array of large houses, including a small number of Modernist
Modernist
buildings. In the north DA7 postcode area the majority of houses are predominantly 1930s semi-detached residences, apart from bungalows situated close to the railway station. This area includes part of the Bostall Park Estate, built by the developers Feakes & Richards.

Neighbouring areas of Bexleyheath

East Wickham West Heath Northumberland Heath

Welling

Bexleyheath

Barnehurst

Blendon Bexley Crayford

Town centre The modern town area is dominated by The Broadway Shopping Centre, a covered shopping centre completed in 1984, and an Asda
Asda
supermarket (opened 28 November 1988), similar to facilities in other suburban towns and post-war 'New Towns'. A face-lift in 2008 on "The Mall" gave the centre a more modern internal appearance; externally it was largely unchanged. Other developments included the building of " Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
Square" in the early 2000s as an extension to the then "Broadway", providing more retail units. The 1990s saw the pedestrianisation of the road adjacent to "The Broadway" shopping centre (also known as the Broadway) following the construction of two minor bypasses (Arnsburg Way and Albion Way). Many of the changes to the town centre since 2000 have been in some way a response to competition from Bluewater Shopping Centre, 9 miles to the east in Greenhithe, Kent. Management was taken over in 2010 by Broadway Shopping Centre. The statue outside the Broadway Centre is "Family Outing" by local artist John Ravera; it was commissioned by Norwich Union and unveiled in 1985.[2] The sculpture, of two parents playing with their son, is based on a Mr G Brazier of Bexley, and was created at a cost of £10,000.[citation needed] In May 2009 a major redevelopment scheme was approved by the local council following public consultation. This involved the redevelopment of sites occupied by the Bexley
Bexley
council buildings. The magistrates' court was to move to a new building on a site occupied by the library, which would be incorporated into the new development alongside 300 new homes. However, this development did not proceed following the sale of the Broadway Shopping Centre to new owners. In 2012, the local council approved plans to relocate its offices into the former headquarters of The Woolwich, which had lain empty since 2006.[3] The existing civic offices were going to become a Tesco supermarket; (previously Tesco
Tesco
had acquired the Woolwich
Woolwich
HQ site). Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
has drawn a lot of custom to match the expansion in retail space from residents of towns in the borough, particularly from Erith and Thamesmead
Thamesmead
which have expanded in size with development along the River Thames. Custom is also drawn from Plumstead
Plumstead
and Woolwich
Woolwich
(in the neighbouring borough of Greenwich). The residents of these areas include a large West African
West African
community, predominantly Ghanaian and Nigerian. Leisure and culture Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
has leisure facilities including the Edward Alderton Theatre, Cineworld
Cineworld
cinema, hotel, reference library, five-a-side football centre, bingo hall and ten-pin bowling alley (Ten Pin). Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
and Belvedere Hockey Club are based in Welling, but play some home matches at Erith
Erith
School.[4] Cultural events include regular concerts by the Sidcup
Sidcup
Symphony Orchestra held in the hall of Townley Grammar School, while the Edward Alderton Theatre produces a number of non-professional productions each year. The theatre, which was founded in 1976, has a raked auditorium seating 74 and a proscenium stage. Education There are four secondary schools in Bexleyheath, namely Bexleyheath Academy, St Catherine's Catholic School for Girls, St Columba's Catholic Boys' School and Townley Grammar School. Places of worship

Trinity Baptist Church, Bexleyheath

Bethany Hall, Chapel Road, Bexleyheath Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
Community Church, Lyndhurst Chapel, Lyndhurst Road, Barnehurst, DA7 6DL Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
United Reformed Church, Geddes Place Christ Church (Church of England), Broadway Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
Methodist Church, Broadway Trinity Baptist Church, Broadway St John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, Heathfield Road St Peters (Church of England), Pickford Lane St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, Long Lane The Salvation Army, Lion Road Bexley
Bexley
Christian Life Centre (Pentecostal), Rowan Road Pantiles Methodist Church, Hurlingham Road Grace Baptist Church, Albion Road Christ Apostolic Church, Welling
Welling
(CAC) Dove House Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Upland Road

Transport Rail The town is served by Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
railway station, situated a couple of hundred metres to the north of the Broadway on Station Road. The station is on the Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
Line, the middle of three lines connecting London and Dartford. Rail services connect the station to London Victoria
London Victoria
via Peckham
Peckham
Rye, London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street, Barnehurst, Gravesend
Gravesend
and Dartford. Buses Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
is an important hub for Transport for London
Transport for London
bus services. There are services connecting it with Bromley, Crayford, Dartford, Eltham, Erith, Lewisham, North Greenwich, Orpington, Sidcup, Thamesmead, Welling
Welling
and Woolwich. Notable residents See also: List of people from the London Borough of Bexley

Marjory Allen, Lady Allen of Hurtwood (1897-1976), landscape architect and child welfare campaigner[5] Harry Baker (1990-), footballer, born in Bexleyheath[6] Stephanie Brind
Stephanie Brind
(1977-), professional squash player, born in Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
and lived on Chieveley Road[7] Jimmy Bullard
Jimmy Bullard
(1978-), Premiership football player[8] Kate Bush
Kate Bush
(1958-), singer-songwriter, born in Bexleyheath[9] Hall Caine
Hall Caine
(1853-1931), author, lived in Aberleigh Lodge, Bexleyheath from 1884 to 1889 next door to Red House.[10][11] Aberleigh Lodge was demolished in the 1970s.[12] David Daniels (1942-), cricketer, born in Bexleyheath[13] Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone
(1930-), Formula 1
Formula 1
magnate,[14][15] grew up in Danson Road[16] Frank Farmer (1912-2004), physicist, pioneer in developing medical applications for physics, born in Bexleyheath[17] Colin Gill
Colin Gill
(1892-1940), artist, born in Bexleyheath[18] Jake Goodman (1993-), footballer, lives in Bexleyheath[19] Sheila Hancock
Sheila Hancock
(1933-), actress, lived in Latham Road[20] David Haye
David Haye
(1980-), former WBA world heavyweight champion[21] Neal Lawson
Neal Lawson
(1963-), politician and commentator, grew up and went to school in Bexleyheath[22] Lenny McLean (1949-98), actor, bouncer, bare-knuckle boxer and 'hardest man in Britain', lived in Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
in later life[23] Jo Malone
Jo Malone
(1963-), perfumer and businesswoman.[24] Roger Moore
Roger Moore
(1927-2017) and Dorothy Squires
Dorothy Squires
(1915-98) lived in The Mount, Bexleyheath[25] William Morris
William Morris
(1834-96) lived in Red House for much of his life, when Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
was mostly countryside[26] Melita Norwood (1912-2005), Cold War Soviet spy[27] Kenneth Noye (1947-), gangster and convicted murderer, born on Lavernock Road[28] Tom Raworth
Tom Raworth
(1938-2017), poet and visual artist, born in Bexleyheath and grew up in Welling[29] Liam Ridgewell
Liam Ridgewell
(1984-), Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers
footballer, born in Bexleyheath, attended Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
School[30] Delia Smith
Delia Smith
(1941-), television-chef, grew up in Bexleyheath, attended Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
School[31][32] Eric Stephenson (1914-44), footballer (Leeds United), born in Bexleyheath[33] Andy Townsend
Andy Townsend
(1963-), professional footballer, grew up in Bexleyheath, attended Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
School[34] Charles Tupper
Charles Tupper
(1821-1915), Canada's sixth Prime Minister lived his retirement years in Bexleyheath[35] Ian Williams (1967-), Olympic fencer, 1992 Summer Olympics, born in Bexleyheath[citation needed]

References

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Mayor of London
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Woolwich
building in Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
approved". Bexley
Bexley
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Jimmy Bullard
- back to my roots". clubwebsite.co.uk. Retrieved 13 November 2016.  ^ Flynn, Julia (30 October 2014). "Kate Bush's London house is for sale". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 November 2016.  ^ "Surnames beginning with C". bexley.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 November 2016.  ^ "The Globe". 23 November 1889. p. 6.  ^ Allen, Vivien (1 July 1997). Hall Caine: Portrait of a Victorian Romancer. A&C Black. p. 172. Retrieved 26 November 2016.  ^ "David Daniels". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 August 2017.  ^ Poor Suffolk boy to Formula One billionaire Archived 10 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine., Eastern Daily Press, 3 March 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. ^ Henry, Alan (10 December 2004). " The Guardian
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Bernie Ecclestone
sells-off Formula One for £6billion - find out about his local links HERE". Bexley
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Bexleyheath
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