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SIDCUP is a suburban district of south-east London
London
, England
England
, in the London Borough of Bexley . Located 11.3 miles (18.2 km) south east of Charing Cross
Charing Cross
, it borders the London
London
Boroughs of Bromley
Bromley
and Greenwich
Greenwich
. The name is thought to be derived from _Cetecopp_ meaning "seat shaped or flat topped hill"; it had its earliest recorded use in 1254.

CONTENTS

* 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

HISTORY

Sidcup
Sidcup
ward (dark green) in the Old Bexley
Bexley
and Sidcup constituency (light green) within the London
London
Borough of Bexley (yellow)

ORIGINS

Sidcup
Sidcup
originated as a tiny hamlet on the road from London
London
to 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
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
Sidcup
parish formed the Sidcup
Sidcup
Urban District of Kent
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 Chislehurst to form the Chislehurst and Sidcup
Sidcup
civil parish and urban district. In 1965 the parish and urban district were abolished. Sidcup
Sidcup
went on to form part of the London Borough of Bexley in Greater London
Greater London
and Chislehurst formed part of the London
London
Borough of Bromley
Bromley
.

RECENT

A number of manor houses, converted to other uses, remain. They include Frognal House , the birthplace and residence of Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney
Sydney
, after whom Sydney
Sydney
, Australia was named (now converted for use as residential and nursing accommodation), Lamorbey House (now used by Rose Bruford College ), Sidcup
Sidcup
Place (now a Brewers Fayre bar and restaurant) and "The Hollies" (now converted for residential use).

AREA

Sidcup
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
Sidcup
High Street is the local High Street, while there are some shops and local businesses on the adjacent Station Road. Sidcup
Sidcup
High Street was recently the subject of a £1.8 million regeneration scheme In Store For Sidcup
Sidcup
paid for by London
London
Borough of Bexley.

Most of the district is within the London
London
Borough of Bexley, however several parts in the North are under the governance of the Royal Borough of Greenwich
Greenwich
, including Southspring, Greenhithe Close, Halfway Street (offsite Avery Hill), Radfield Way, Croyde Close and Overmead.

DEMOGRAPHICS

In 2011 The total population was recorded as 10,844. Many residents are aged 65+ or 85+, in line with the whole of London
London
Borough of Bexley. At the census of 2011, the non-white population of Sidcup
Sidcup
was 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 London
London
Borough of Bexley. 63.8% reported Christianity as their religious beliefs which was above the borough average. However, these figures do not include the Blackfen and Lamorbey wards within the district.

EDUCATION

_For education in Sidcup
Sidcup
see the main London
London
Borough of Bexley article_

Primary schools in Sidcup
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 Sidcup
Sidcup
include Chislehurst and Sidcup
Sidcup
Grammar School , Blackfen , Cleeve Park , Hurstmere and Kemnal Technology College .

Bird College , Christ the King: St Mary\'s (RC) Sixth Form College , and Rose Bruford College all have sites in Sidcup.

SPORT AND LEISURE

Sidcup
Sidcup
has a Non-League football club Sporting Club Thamesmead F.C. who play at the Sporting Club Thamesmead. On Sydney
Sydney
Road, there is a Sidcup
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.

The Sidcup
Sidcup
and District Motor Cycle Club was formed at the Station Hotel, Sidcup
Sidcup
in 1928. The Club owns the international motor cycle sport venue 'Canada Heights' in Button Street, Swanley, Kent
Kent
and runs Motocross, Enduro, Hare and Hounds, Trials, Long Distance Trials throughout each year.

CULTURE, IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY

Sidcup
Sidcup
is home to the Rose Bruford College of drama and Bird College , both of which have several famous alumni, and the Sidcup
Sidcup
Symphony Orchestra, which also serves the wider South East London
London
area. In an interview with Lake Bell
Lake Bell
(who studied at Rose Bruford College) in 2015, comedian James Corden described Sidcup
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 Sidcup
Sidcup
and the neighbouring town of Bexleyheath
Bexleyheath
, and a bench was dedicated to Knox at St John's Church in Sidcup
Sidcup
in 2015.

TRANSPORT

RAIL

Sidcup, along with most other suburbs in south east London, is not served by the London
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 London
London
Charing Cross
Charing Cross
, London
London
Cannon Street as part of a loop service operating via both Lewisham
Lewisham
and Woolwich
Woolwich
Arsenal , and a service to Gravesend . Fast trains take as little as 20 minutes to get to London
London
Charing Cross
Charing Cross
.

ROADS

Sidcup
Sidcup
High Street is on the A211, following in length the old London – Maidstone – Hythe road. The A211 starts just after Eltham
Eltham
High Street, in the middle running along the A20 Sidcup
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, adjoining Blackfen Road. The road provides useful links to the Blackwall Tunnel
Blackwall Tunnel
and Kent
Kent
.

Provision for cyclists is generally poor within the district.

BUSES

Sidcup
Sidcup
is served by a number of Transport for London
London
bus routes.

NOTABLE RESIDENTS

* F. Matthias Alexander (1869–1955), Australian actor and inventor of the Alexander technique , lived in Penhill House, Sidcup, for 30 years * Harry Arter (1989–) footballer ( Bournemouth F.C. and Republic of Ireland ), born in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Steve Backley (1959–), Olympic javelin silver medallist, born in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Sam Bailey (1977–), winning contestant, _ The X-Factor _, grew up in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Lake Bell
Lake Bell
(1979–), American actress, lived in Sidcup
Sidcup
while studying at Rose Bruford College in the 1990s. * Doreen Bird (1928–2004), dance teacher, lived in Sidcup
Sidcup
and established Bird College * Quentin Blake (1932–), illustrator, artist, born in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Denis Bond (1946–), children's author, actor and scriptwriter, lives in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Garry Bushell
Garry Bushell
(1955–), journalist, lives in Sidcup
Sidcup
* George Albert Cairns (1913–44), winner of the last Victoria Cross of World War II
World War II
, lived and worked in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Ben Chorley (1982–), footballer ( Tranmere Rovers , Leyton Orient , now Bromley F.C. ), born in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Charlie Clements (1987–), actor (_ EastEnders
EastEnders
_), born in Sidcup * Jason Crowe (1978–), footballer, born in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Ian Davenport (1966–), abstract painter and former Turner Prize nominee, born in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Ashley Glazebrook aka. Twist, dancer, Twist and Pulse * Deren Ibrahim (1991–), Gibraltarian footballer, born in Sidcup
Sidcup
* 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 Sidcup
Sidcup
* Rob Knox (1989–2008), actor, murdered in Sidcup
Sidcup
* 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
Bexley
Civic Society placed a blue plaque on the house in 2010 * Ivan Magill (1888–1986), innovative anaesthetist, worked in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Lee Murray (1977–), former kickboxer and mixed martial arts champion, convicted of the Securitas depot robbery , lived in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Emma Noble (1971–), glamour model, born in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Mike Rann
Mike Rann
(1953–), Premier of South Australia
South Australia
, politician, born in Sidcup, lived in Blackfen prior to emigrating to New Zealand with his parents * John Regis (1966–), Olympic sprinter, lived in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Mark Ricketts (1984–), footballer, born in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Wayne Routledge (1985–), footballer, born in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Gerard Shelley (1891–1980), author, translator and Catholic bishop, born in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Nevil Shute
Nevil Shute
(1899–1960), novelist and aeronautical engineer, lived in Hatherley Road from 1924 to 1930 while working at Vickers
Vickers
in Crayford * Ethel Smyth (1858–1944), composer and suffragette , born in St. John's Road, Sidcup
Sidcup
* Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney (1733–1800), politician and Cabinet minister, lived in Frognal House , Foots Cray * Gordon Watson (1971–), former Sheffield Wednesday footballer, born in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Elizabeth Wiskemann (1899–1971), historian and journalist, born in Sidcup
Sidcup
* Doug Wright (1914–98), cricketer ( Kent
Kent
and England
England
), born in Sidcup
Sidcup

BIBLIOGRAPHY

* Mercer, John (1994). _Sidcup: A Pictorial History_. Chichester: Phillimore & Co. ISBN 978-0-850-33907-9 . * Mercer, John (2013). _ Sidcup
Sidcup
& Foots Cray: A History_. Stroud: Amberley Publishing. ISBN 978-1-445-61195-2 .

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* ^ Mercer 1994 , Introduction. The phrase _of much resort_ means _much frequented or visited_.

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Sidcup
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Sidcup
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Sidcup
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Sidcup
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