Chislehurst (/ˈtʃɪzəlˈhɜːrst/) is an affluent suburban district
in south east London, England, within the London Borough of Bromley.
It borders the London Boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich, and lies east
Bromley and south west of Sidcup. It is 10.5 miles (16.9 km)
south east of Charing Cross.
2 Present features
2.1 Camden Place
3 Past features
5 Notable residents
6 Places of worship
8 Nearby Areas
The name "Chislehurst" is derived from the Saxon words cisel 'gravel',
and hyrst 'wooded hill'.
St Nicholas' Church and Charles A Janson Memorial Drinking Fountain
Chislehurst Caves entrance
Chislehurst is regarded as an affluent area and one of the most
expensive places to live in South East London.
Chislehurst West may be
found by going towards
Mottingham and this area includes the biggest
of the ponds and the High Street which has many pubs and restaurants.
Chislehurst West was previously known as "Pricking" and "Prickend".
A local attraction is
Chislehurst Caves. The caves are considered to
be of very ancient origin. They were originally used to mine flint and
chalk. During World War II, thousands of people used them nightly as
an air raid shelter. There is even a chapel. One child was born in the
caves during World War II, and was given a middle name of 'Cavena'.
The caves have also been used as a venue for live music; Jimi Hendrix,
the Who and the Rolling Stones have all played there.
Chislehurst is one of the starting points for the Green Chain Walk,
linking to places such as Crystal Palace, Erith, the Thames Barrier
Chislehurst is home to the Derwent House, designed by William Willett.
Chislehurst Common (and nearby
St Paul's Cray
St Paul's Cray Common) were saved from
development in 1888 following campaigns by local residents. They were
a popular destination for bank holiday trips in the early 20th
century, and now provide a valuable green space. Nearby Petts Wood,
Hawkwood and Scadbury have also been preserved as open spaces
following local campaigns.
Camden Place in 2011
Camden Place (now
Chislehurst Golf Club, 51° 24′ 40.05″N 0° 3′
55.69″E ) takes its name from the antiquary William Camden, who
lived in the former house on the site from c.1609 until his death in
1623. The present house was built shortly before 1717, and was given a
number of additions in the late 18th and very early 19th centuries by
the architect George Dance the younger. In about 1760, the house
and estate were bought by Charles Pratt, the Attorney General, and
later Lord Chancellor. Pratt was ennobled in 1765, taking the title
Baron Camden, of Camden Place: in 1786 he was created Earl Camden. The
house is a Grade II* listed building. 
A later occupant of the house, from 1871 until his death there in
1873, was the exiled French Emperor, Napoleon III. His body and that
of the Prince Imperial were originally buried in St Mary's Church,
before being removed to St Michael's Abbey, Farnborough. The
Emperor's widow, the Empress Eugénie, remained at Camden Place until
1885. There is a memorial to Napoléon Eugène on
and the area's connections with the imperial family are found in many
road names and in the local telephone code, 467, which in its earlier
format corresponded to the letters IMP (for imperial).
Chislehurst civil parish formed an urban district of
1894 to 1934. In 1934 it became part of the
Chislehurst and Sidcup
Urban District, which was split in 1965 between the London boroughs
Bromley and Bexley.
The Walsingham family, including Christopher Marlowe's patron, Sir
Thomas Walsingham and Queen Elizabeth I's spymaster, Francis
Walsingham, had a home in Scadbury Park, now a nature reserve in which
the ruins of the house can still be seen.
A water tower used to straddle the road from
Chislehurst to Bromley
until it was demolished in 1963 as one of the last acts of the
Sidcup UDC. It marked the entrance to the Wythes
Estate in Bickley, but its narrow archway meant that double-decker
buses were not able to be used on the route.
Bullers Wood School (all-girls)
Chislehurst School for Girls
Chislehurst C of E Primary School
Edgebury Primary School
Red Hill Primary School
Mead Road Infant School
Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, President of France 1848–52, Emperor of
the French 1854–70.
William Camden (1551–1623), antiquary, historian, and Clarenceux
King of Arms, lived in the house later known as Camden Place from
c.1609 until his death there in 1623.
Malcolm Campbell, former land and water speed record holder, was born
Chislehurst and is buried in St. Nicholas Parish Church next to his
George Somers Leigh Clarke
George Somers Leigh Clarke (1822–1882), eminent architect lived at
Walpole, Manor Park. He is buried in the St Nicholas' churchyard.
Richmal Crompton, author of the
Just William series of books.
John Hemming-Clark, author of the Horace Horrise series of books and
E. J. May
E. J. May (1853–1941), architect, lived locally and designed a
number of local buildings.
Countess of Teba and Empress of France, Eugénie de Montijo.
Charles Pratt (1714–1794), Baron Camden from 1765 and 1st Earl
Camden from 1786, Attorney General, Lord Chief Justice of the Common
Pleas, and Lord Chancellor, lived at Camden Place from c.1760.
Siouxsie Sioux, singer, most famous for being in the band Siouxsie and
Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney
Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney is buried in St Nicholas's
Church, Chislehurst. He was an owner of Scadbury Park, and the city of
Sydney, Australia is named after him.
Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster to Elizabeth I, and his son, Sir
Alan Watts, philosopher, born and raised in Chislehurst, moved to the
United States in 1938.
William Willett, a campaigner for daylight saving time, lived most of
his adult life in Chislehurst.
Ted Willis, creator of Dixon of Dock Green.
William Hyde Wollaston, chemist and physicist who discovered rhodium
Places of worship
St Nicholas' Church
Chislehurst Baptist Church
St Patrick's Catholic Church
Christ Church Chislehurst
Elmstead Baptist Church
Chislehurst Methodist Church
Darul Uloom Mosque and School
Ichthus Christian Fellowship
St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, original burial place of Napoleon III
and his son the Prince Imperial (killed when acting as an observer in
the Boer War)
Chislehurst station links the area with
National Rail services to
Charing Cross and to Sevenoaks via Orpington.
Bromley North via Orpington
Eltham and to Sidcup
161 to North
Eltham and Woolwich
Eltham and to
Beckenham Junction via Bromley
Sidcup and to
Lewisham via Grove Park and to Petts Wood
Chelsfield Village via Orpington
Chislehurst borders New
Eltham to the north,
Sidcup to the north east
St Paul's Cray
St Paul's Cray to the south east,
Petts Wood to the south,
Bickley to the south west, Elmstead to the west and
Mottingham to the
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chislehurst.
Bromley Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for
National Statistics. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
^ The baby was christened Rose Cavena Wakeman according to the
official guides. Birth records show that a baby called Rose L.C.
Wakeman was born in
Chislehurst in 1946, which is consistent with the
^ Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, London 2: South, Buildings of
England (Harmondsworth, 1983), p. 180.
^ "Name: CAMDEN PLACE List entry Number: 1064325". English Heritage.
Retrieved 25 January 2018.
^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Chislehurst". Encyclopædia
Britannica. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
^ Vision of Britain - Chilsehurst UD (historic map)
^ Vision of Britain -
Sidcup UD (historic map)
^ Friends of Scadbury Park
^ "MEDIA - IN YOU GO! by John Hemming-Clark".
www.inyougo.webeden.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
London Borough of Bromley
Green Street Green
St Mary Cray
St Paul's Cray
Crofton Roman Villa
Crystal Palace Museum
Parks and open spaces
Crystal Palace Park
High Elms Country Park
Jubilee Country Park
Poverest Recreation Ground
Places of worship
St George's Church, Beckenham
St John the Evangelist's Church, Penge
St Mark's Church, Bromley
St Mary's Church, Downe
St Mary the Virgin, Hayes
St Peter and St Paul's Church, Bromley
Bromley and Chislehurst
Lewisham West and Penge
Rail stations and
St Mary Cray
Coat of arms
Grade I and II* listed buildings
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