Petts Wood is a suburb of south east London,
England and is a part of
London Borough of Bromley. It lies north west of Orpington.
2 The woods
3 Notable people
4 Nearby Areas
6 Sports facilities
7 Blue Plaques
9 External links
The name appeared first in 1577 as "the wood of the Pett family", who
were shipbuilders and leased the wood as a source of timber. William
Willett, a campaigner for daylight saving time, lived in nearby
Chislehurst for most of his life, and is commemorated by a memorial
sundial in the wood.
The Daylight Inn
The Daylight Inn in the suburb of
Petts Wood is
named in his honour.
Petts Wood has a second pub (The Sovereign of the
Seas) and a railway station. It is situated between
Jubilee Country Park
Jubilee Country Park is to the northwest of the main
shopping area. Before this park was created, the area was known as
'The Gun Sites', as it had been the location for anti-aircraft guns in
Second World War, and was the home of the 1st
Petts Wood scout group.
Petts Wood was built in the early 20th century by the
developer Basil Scruby together with Master builder, Noel Rees, as a
high quality estate in a rural setting only a short train journey from
the city, with the east side being built first: the first building in
place was the station, and the rest of the town developed from
The Daylight Inn, 2011
The generally higher quality of large homes built to the east of the
railway line, as compared to smaller and more dense to the west, gave
rise to the local references of "Half Crown" or "Five Bob" sides.
Noel Rees's name is still used as a selling point by estate agents;
his houses can be found in Great Thrift, The Covert, Prince's Avenue,
Wood Ride, Kingsway,
Chislehurst Road, The Chenies and many other
roads in Petts Wood.
The area between
Petts Wood and
Bickley sustained heavy bombing during
Second World War
Second World War because of its proximity to an important railway
junction. Charles de Gaulle, leader of the
Free French and future
President of France, lived in Petts Wood, at 41 Birchwood Road, for
part of the Second World War. Another prominent resident of Birchwood
Road was the Welsh Baritone Sir Geraint Evans, and the toastmaster
Ivor Spencer also lived nearby.
Many residents of
Petts Wood worked in Fleet Street, as it was the
most affordable area with the latest last train for them to catch home
after putting the morning's papers to bed (see Keith Waterhouse,
"Streets Ahead"). The
Petts Wood Cricket Club was
established in 1834.
In 2009, the local Woolworths had the privilege of writing the last
word in the history of that chain in the UK, when its manager,
realising his was the last one to close, gathered the remains of the
Pick-and-Mix sweet section and auctioned the bagful of sweets, which
would normally have retailed for a couple of pounds, for £14,500
The wood itself survives and is managed by the National Trust.
Originally just 88 acres (36 hectares) were bought by public
subscription and donated to the Trust in 1927. This asset expanded
when the neighbouring Hawkwood Estate and Edlmann Wood, comprising a
further 250 acres (100 hectares), were donated to the Trust by
landowners Robert and Francesca Hall in 1957. The woodland features
oak, birch, rowan, alder, ash, hornbeam and sweet chestnut.
William Willett memorial sundial
Pixie Lott, Singer and Songwriter (Born 1991)
Jack Dee, comedian and winner of Celebrity Big Brother 1
Ian Mortimer, historian
William Willett, promoter of Daylight Saving
Major Phil Packer, is a British soldier who was rendered paraplegic in
2008 by injuries sustained while serving in Iraq. He has since raised
over a million pounds through charitable fundraising efforts which
have garnered him several national awards.
David Nobbs, Comedy writer and the creator of the successful 1970s
sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
Cerrie Burnell, Actress, singer, playwright, and television presenter
for the BBC children's channel CBeebies.
Colin Cowdrey Kent and
England cricket captain.
Sir Geraint Evans, Welsh baritone or bass-baritone noted for operatic
roles including Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Die
Zauberflöte, and the title roles in Falstaff and Wozzeck.
Charles De Gaulle, French General and statesman who led the Free
French Forces during Second World War. He rented a home there for
four months before moving his family further inland to Shropshire
later in 1940.
John Loveday Physicist
Antoinette Sibley DBE British Prima Ballerina
Arthur Seldon Economist.
Petts Wood borders
Chislehurst to the north,
St Paul's Cray
St Paul's Cray to the
St Mary Cray
St Mary Cray to the east,
Orpington to the south east,
Locksbottom to the south,
Bromley Common to the south west,
Southborough to the west and
Bickley to the north west.
Petts Wood station
Petts Wood station serves the area with services to
via Herne Hill,
London Charing Cross via Grove Park,
Street via Lewisham,
Orpington and Sevenoaks.
Petts Wood is served by
several Transport for
London bus services connecting it with areas
including Bromley, Biggin Hill, Catford, Chislehurst, Hither Green,
Orpington and St Mary Cray.
Petts Wood Recreation Ground
Willett Recreation Ground
Petts Wood Snooker Club (above Morrisons)
Orpington Ojays Swimming Club
Sir Geraint Evans (1922–1994) 34 Birchwood Road
Bromley Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for
National Statistics. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
^ Only three bombs landed on the town centre itself, and those by
accident as a German aircraft returning from bombing the docklands
unloaded them on the end of Fairway, beside the former Embassy Cinema
building since re-developed as a supermarket, and on the site now
occupied by the Library. The sites were derelict until the early 60s,
which is why these buildings are much more recent. Prior to that, the
library was located in a shop on Queensway, near the junction with
^ "De Gaulle Dead (main story) The year of exile in Salop
[i.e.Shropshire] (sub-story).". Shropshire Star. 10 November 1970.
Crofton Infant School, Towncourt Lane
Crofton Junior School, Towncourt Lane