Bexleyheath is a town in the London Borough of Bexley, England, 12
miles (19.3 km) southeast of Charing Cross. It is identified in
London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.
Bexleyheath is within the historic county of Kent.
3 Town centre
4 Leisure and culture
6 Places of worship
8 Notable residents
10 External links
Rear of Red House, Bexleyheath
Until the early 19th century,
Bexley Heath comprised an area of
scrub-land with few buildings, although
Bexley Heath windmill stood at
the corner of what is today
Erith Road and Mayplace Road. The heath
bordered Watling Street. In 1766 Sir John Boyd had
Danson House built
in parkland (now
Danson Park between
Bexleyheath and Welling). In 1814
the land to the north of
Bexley that would become
subject to an Enclosure Act. In 1859 architect
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
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 as a London
suburb by championing the
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.
Bexleyheath forms part of the historic county of Kent; and since 1965
with the creation of the
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 has a
less homogeneous feel and features
Danson House and the Red House.
Adjacent to the park, Danson Road has an array of large houses,
including a small number of
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
The modern town area is dominated by The Broadway Shopping Centre, a
covered shopping centre completed in 1984, and an
(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 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
The statue outside the Broadway Centre is "Family Outing" by local
artist John Ravera; it was commissioned by Norwich Union and unveiled
in 1985. 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
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 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. The existing civic offices were going to become a Tesco
Tesco had acquired the
Woolwich HQ site).
Bexleyheath has drawn a lot of custom to match the expansion in retail
space from residents of towns in the borough, particularly from Erith
Thamesmead which have expanded in size with development along the
River Thames. Custom is also drawn from
Woolwich (in the
neighbouring borough of Greenwich). The residents of these areas
include a large
West African community, predominantly Ghanaian and
Leisure and culture
Bexleyheath has leisure facilities including the Edward Alderton
Cineworld cinema, hotel, reference library, five-a-side
football centre, bingo hall and ten-pin bowling alley (Ten Pin).
Bexleyheath and Belvedere Hockey Club are based in Welling, but play
some home matches at
Cultural events include regular concerts by the
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.
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 Community Church, Lyndhurst Chapel, Lyndhurst Road,
Barnehurst, DA7 6DL
Bexleyheath United Reformed Church, Geddes Place
Christ Church (Church of England), Broadway
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 Christian Life Centre (Pentecostal), Rowan Road
Pantiles Methodist Church, Hurlingham Road
Grace Baptist Church, Albion Road
Christ Apostolic Church,
Welling (CAC) Dove House
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Upland Road
The town is served by
Bexleyheath railway station, situated a couple
of hundred metres to the north of the Broadway on Station Road. The
station is on the
Bexleyheath Line, the middle of three lines
connecting London and Dartford. Rail services connect the station to
London Victoria via
Peckham Rye, London Charing Cross, London Cannon
Gravesend and Dartford.
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,
Welling and Woolwich.
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
Harry Baker (1990-), footballer, born in Bexleyheath
Stephanie Brind (1977-), professional squash player, born in
Bexleyheath and lived on Chieveley Road
Jimmy Bullard (1978-), Premiership football player
Kate Bush (1958-), singer-songwriter, born in Bexleyheath
Hall Caine (1853-1931), author, lived in Aberleigh Lodge, Bexleyheath
from 1884 to 1889 next door to Red House. Aberleigh Lodge was
demolished in the 1970s.
David Daniels (1942-), cricketer, born in Bexleyheath
Bernie Ecclestone (1930-),
Formula 1 magnate, grew up in
Frank Farmer (1912-2004), physicist, pioneer in developing medical
applications for physics, born in Bexleyheath
Colin Gill (1892-1940), artist, born in Bexleyheath
Jake Goodman (1993-), footballer, lives in Bexleyheath
Sheila Hancock (1933-), actress, lived in Latham Road
David Haye (1980-), former WBA world heavyweight champion
Neal Lawson (1963-), politician and commentator, grew up and went to
school in Bexleyheath
Lenny McLean (1949-98), actor, bouncer, bare-knuckle boxer and
'hardest man in Britain', lived in
Bexleyheath in later life
Jo Malone (1963-), perfumer and businesswoman.
Roger Moore (1927-2017) and
Dorothy Squires (1915-98) lived in The
William Morris (1834-96) lived in Red House for much of his life, when
Bexleyheath was mostly countryside
Melita Norwood (1912-2005), Cold War Soviet spy
Kenneth Noye (1947-), gangster and convicted murderer, born on
Tom Raworth (1938-2017), poet and visual artist, born in Bexleyheath
and grew up in Welling
Liam Ridgewell (1984-),
Portland Timbers footballer, born in
Delia Smith (1941-), television-chef, grew up in Bexleyheath, attended
Eric Stephenson (1914-44), footballer (Leeds United), born in
Andy Townsend (1963-), professional footballer, grew up in
Charles Tupper (1821-1915), Canada's sixth Prime Minister lived his
retirement years in Bexleyheath
Ian Williams (1967-), Olympic fencer, 1992 Summer Olympics, born in
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