SIDCUP is a district of south-east
England , primarily in
London Borough of Bexley . Located 11.3 miles (18.2 km) south east
Charing Cross , it borders the
London Boroughs of
Greenwich . The name is thought to be derived from Cetecopp meaning
"seat shaped or flat topped hill"; it had its earliest recorded use in
* 1 History
* 1.1 Origins
* 1.2 Recent
* 2 Area
* 3 Demographics
* 4 Education
* 5 Sport and leisure
* 6 Culture, identity and community
* 7 Transport
* 7.1 Rail
* 7.2 Roads
* 7.3 Buses
* 8 Notable residents
* 9 Bibliography
* 10 References
* 11 External links
Sidcup ward (dark green) in the Old
Bexley and Sidcup
constituency (light green) within the
London Borough of Bexley
Sidcup originated as a tiny hamlet on the road from
Maidstone. According to
Edward Hasted , "Thomas de Sedcopp was owner
of this estate in the 35th year of king Henry VI. as appears by his
deed." Hasted described
Sidcup in the latter part of the 18th century
as "a small street of houses, among which is an inn of much resort",
referring to the former Black Horse pub on the high street.
Sidcup parish formed the
Sidcup Urban District of
Kent from 1908. It
was initially known as Foots Cray; however, in 1921 the urban
district, and in 1925 the parish, were renamed Sidcup. The parish
and district were abolished in 1934 and combined with
Sidcup civil parish and urban district. In
1965 the parish and urban district were abolished.
Sidcup went on to
form part of the
London Borough of Bexley in
Greater London and
Chislehurst formed part of the
London Borough of Bromley .
A number of manor houses, converted to other uses, remain. They
Frognal House , the birthplace and residence of Thomas
Townshend, 1st Viscount
Sydney , after whom
Sydney , Australia was
named (now converted for use as residential and nursing
Lamorbey House (now used by
Rose Bruford College ),
Sidcup Place (now a
Brewers Fayre bar and restaurant) and "The
Hollies" (now converted for residential use).
Sidcup has a mixture of large Victorian and Edwardian properties
alongside typical 1930s suburbia. It retains many parks and open
spaces hinting at the great estates and large homes which once stood
in the area.
The town contains Queen Mary\'s Hospital , a large Leisure Centre,
four colleges and three secondary schools.
Sidcup High Street is the
local High Street, while there are some shops and local businesses on
the adjacent Station Road.
Sidcup High Street was recently the subject
of a £1.8 million regeneration scheme In Store For
Sidcup paid for by
London Borough of Bexley.
Most of the district is within the
London Borough of Bexley, however
several parts in the North are under the governance of the Royal
Greenwich , including Southspring, Greenhithe Close,
Halfway Street (offsite Avery Hill), Radfield Way, Croyde Close and
In 2011 The total population was recorded as 10,844. Many residents
are aged 65+ or 85+, in line with the whole of
London Borough of
Bexley. At the census of 2011, the non-white population of
recorded at 10.1%; the largest minority group were Asian or Asian
British (5.4% of the total population), with White Other totalling
4.8% of the total population. The number of single parent families was
higher in the district in comparison to the rest of the
of Bexley. 63.8% reported Christianity as their religious beliefs
which was above the borough average. However, these figures do not
Lamorbey wards within the district.
For education in
Sidcup see the main
London Borough of Bexley
Primary schools in
Sidcup include: Birkbeck, Burnt Oak Junior School,
Chatsworth, Days Lane, Holy Trinity Lamorbey, Longlands, Orchard
School, Our Lady of the Rosary, Royal Park, Sherwood Park, and St
Peter Chanel .
Secondary schools in
Blackfen , Cleeve Park , Hurstmere and Kemnal Technology
Bird College , Christ the King: St Mary\'s (RC) Sixth Form College ,
Rose Bruford College all have sites in Sidcup.
SPORT AND LEISURE
Sidcup has a
Non-League football club Sporting Club
who play at the Sporting Club Thamesmead. On
Sydney Road, there is a
Sidcup Sports Club, housing the local rugby and cricket clubs.
Live music venues include the Charcoal Burner and The Iron Horse
public houses, although the larger premises at the Beaverwood Club,
Chislehurst, draw a significant audience from this area.
Sidcup and District Motor Cycle Club was formed at the Station
Sidcup in 1928. The Club owns the international motor cycle
sport venue 'Canada Heights' in Button Street, Swanley,
Kent and runs
Motocross, Enduro, Hare and Hounds, Trials, Long Distance Trials
throughout each year.
CULTURE, IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY
Sidcup is home to the
Rose Bruford College of drama and Bird College
, both of which have several famous alumni, and the
Orchestra, which also serves the wider South East
London area. In an
Lake Bell (who studied at Rose Bruford College) in
James Corden described
Sidcup as "the armpit of
England" on his late night American chat show The Late Late Show with
James Corden .
The murder of teenager
Rob Knox at the Metro Bar on Station Road in
2008 was national headline news. Knox was an aspiring actor who had,
just before his death, filmed a small part in Harry Potter and the
Half-Blood Prince . He was killed protecting his brother from a group
of youths. His murderer, Karl Bishop, also from Sidcup, was later
found guilty of murder and sentenced. Following Knox's death, his
family have campaigned to end knife crime among young people. The Rob
Knox Foundation has organised a
Rob Knox Film Festival in
the neighbouring town of
Bexleyheath , and a bench was dedicated to
Knox at St John's Church in
Sidcup in 2015.
Sidcup, along with most other suburbs in south east London, is not
served by the
London underground .
Sidcup station opened in October
1866, a month after the opening of the Dartford Loop Line on 1
September 1866. The station was built 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Sidcup
town centre in the parish of Lamorbey.
Sidcup station serves the area
with services to
Charing Cross ,
London Cannon Street as part
of a loop service operating via both
Woolwich Arsenal ,
and a service to Gravesend . Fast trains take as little as 20 minutes
to get to
Charing Cross .
Sidcup High Street is on the A211, following in length the old London
– Maidstone – Hythe road. The A211 starts just after
Street, in the middle running along the A20
Sidcup By-pass before
ending at Foots Cray, where the B2173 continues along the former A20
road. The A211 connects the two main roads in this district; Station
Road and Main Road.
East Rochester Way on the A2 road runs partly through the district,
Blackfen Road. The road provides useful links to the
Blackwall Tunnel and
Provision for cyclists is generally poor within the district.
Sidcup is served by a number of Transport for
London bus routes.
F. Matthias Alexander (1869–1955), Australian actor and inventor
Alexander technique , lived in Penhill House, Sidcup, for 30
Harry Arter (1989–) footballer (
Bournemouth F.C. and Republic of
Ireland ), born in
Steve Backley (1969–), Olympic javelin silver medallist, born in
Sam Bailey (1977–), winning contestant,
The X-Factor , grew up
Lake Bell (1979–), American actress, lived in
Rose Bruford College in the 1990s.
Doreen Bird (1928–2004), dance teacher, lived in
Quentin Blake (1932–), illustrator, artist, born in
* Denis Bond (1946–), children's author, actor and scriptwriter,
Garry Bushell (1955–), journalist, lives in
George Albert Cairns (1913–44), winner of the last Victoria
World War II
World War II , lived and worked in
Sheila Callender (1914–2004), haematologist, born in
Ben Chorley (1982–), footballer (
Tranmere Rovers ,
Bromley F.C. ), born in
Charlie Clements (1987–), actor (
EastEnders ), born in Sidcup
Jason Crowe (1978–), footballer, born in
Ian Davenport (1966–), abstract painter and former Turner Prize
nominee, born in
* Ashley Glazebrook aka. Twist, dancer,
Twist and Pulse
Twist and Pulse
Joe Healy (1986–), footballer who plays for
Welling United ,
born in Sidcup
Deren Ibrahim (1991–), Gibraltarian footballer, born in
Alfred Garth Jones
Alfred Garth Jones (1872–1955), illustrator, spent the last
years of his life in Sidcup
* John Paul Jones (1946–), bass guitarist (
Led Zeppelin ), born in
Rob Knox (1989–2008), actor, murdered in
Douglas Macmillan (1984–1969), founder of Macmillan Cancer
Support , lived in Knoll Road from 1924 until 1966, and also ran his
charity from that address.
Bexley Civic Society placed a blue plaque
on the house in 2010
Ivan Magill (1888–1986), innovative anaesthetist, worked in
Lee Murray (1977–), former kickboxer and mixed martial arts
champion, convicted of the
Securitas depot robbery , lived in
Emma Noble (1971–), glamour model, born in
Mike Rann (1953–), Premier of
South Australia , politician, born
in Sidcup, lived in
Blackfen prior to emigrating to New Zealand with
* John Regis (1966–), Olympic sprinter, lived in
* Mark Ricketts (1984–), footballer, born in
Wayne Routledge (1985–), footballer, born in
Gerard Shelley (1891–1980), author, translator and Catholic
bishop, born in
Nevil Shute (1899–1960), novelist and aeronautical engineer,
lived in Hatherley Road from 1924 to 1930 while working at
Ethel Smyth (1858–1944), composer and suffragette , born in St.
Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney (1733–1800), politician
and Cabinet minister, lived in
Frognal House ,
* Gordon Watson (1971–), former
Sheffield Wednesday footballer,
Elizabeth Wiskemann (1899–1971), historian and journalist, born
* Doug Wright (1914–98), cricketer (
England ), born in
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