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Sidcup
Sidcup
is a district of south-east London, England, primarily in the London Borough of Bexley. Located 11.3 miles (18.2 km) south east of Charing Cross, it borders the London Boroughs of Bromley
Bromley
and Greenwich. It is in the historic county of Kent. The name is thought to be derived from Cetecopp meaning "seat shaped or flat topped hill"; it had its earliest recorded use in 1254.[2]

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[edit]

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

Origins[edit] Sidcup
Sidcup
originated as a tiny hamlet on the road from Maidstone to London. According to Edward Hasted, "Thomas de Sedcopp was owner of this estate in the 35th year of king Henry VI. [i.e. in the 1450s] as appears by his deed."[3] 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.[4] 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,[5] and in 1925 the parish,[6] were renamed Sidcup. The parish and district were abolished in 1934 and combined with Chislehurst
Chislehurst
to form the Chislehurst
Chislehurst
and Sidcup
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
London Borough of Bexley
in Greater London and Chislehurst
Chislehurst
formed part of the London Borough of Bromley. Recent[edit] A number of manor houses, converted to other uses, remain. They include 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 accommodation), Lamorbey House
Lamorbey House
(now used by Rose Bruford College), Sidcup
Sidcup
Place (now a Brewers Fayre
Brewers Fayre
bar and restaurant) and "The Hollies" (now converted for residential use). Area[edit] 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 main retail and commercial street, and there are some other shops and local businesses on the adjacent Station Road. In 2014, Sidcup
Sidcup
High Street was the subject of a £1.8 million regeneration scheme In Store For Sidcup
Sidcup
paid for by London Borough of Bexley.[7] Most of the district is within the London Borough of Bexley, however several parts in the North are under the governance of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, including Southspring, Greenhithe Close, Halfway Street (offsite Avery Hill), Radfield Way, Croyde Close and Overmead. Demographics[edit] 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 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 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
Blackfen
and Lamorbey
Lamorbey
wards within the district.[8] Education[edit]

For education in Sidcup
Sidcup
see the main London Borough of Bexley
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
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
Rose Bruford College
all have sites in Sidcup. Sport and leisure[edit] Sidcup
Sidcup
has a Non-League football
Non-League football
club Sporting Club Thamesmead
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.[citation needed] 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 Hound, Motorcycle Trials, Long Distance Trials throughout each year.[citation needed] Culture, identity and community[edit] Sidcup
Sidcup
is home to the Rose Bruford College
Rose Bruford College
of drama and Bird College, both of which have several famous alumni, and the Sidcup
Sidcup
Symphony Orchestra,[9] which also serves the wider South East London area. In an interview with Lake Bell
Lake Bell
(who studied at Rose Bruford College) in 2015, comedian James Corden
James Corden
described Sidcup
Sidcup
as "the armpit of England" on his late night American chat show The Late Late Show with James Corden.[10] The murder of teenager Rob Knox
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.[11] His murderer, Karl Bishop, also from Sidcup, was later found guilty of murder and sentenced.[12] Following Knox's death, his family have campaigned to end knife crime among young people.[13] The Rob Knox
Rob Knox
Foundation has organised a Rob Knox
Rob Knox
Film Festival in Sidcup and the neighbouring town of Bexleyheath, and a bench was dedicated to Knox at St John's Church in Sidcup
Sidcup
in 2015.[14] Transport[edit] Rail[edit] Sidcup, along with most other suburbs in south east London, is not served by the London underground. Sidcup station
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
Sidcup
town centre in the parish of Lamorbey. Sidcup station
Sidcup station
serves the area with services to London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street as part of a loop service operating via both Lewisham
Lewisham
and Woolwich Arsenal, and a service to Gravesend. Fast trains take as little as 20 minutes to get to London Charing Cross. Roads[edit] 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
Blackfen
Road. The road provides links to the Blackwall Tunnel and Kent. Buses[edit] Sidcup
Sidcup
is served by a number of Transport for London bus routes.[15] Notable residents[edit]

F. Matthias Alexander
F. Matthias Alexander
(1869–1955), Australian actor and inventor of the Alexander technique, lived in Penhill House, Sidcup, for 30 years[16] Harry Arter (1989–) footballer ( Bournemouth F.C.
Bournemouth F.C.
and Republic of Ireland), born in Sidcup[17] Steve Backley (1969–), Olympic javelin silver medallist, born in Sidcup[18] Sam Bailey
Sam Bailey
(1977–), winning contestant, The X-Factor, grew up in Sidcup[19] Lake Bell
Lake Bell
(1979–), American actress, lived in Sidcup
Sidcup
while studying at Rose Bruford College
Rose Bruford College
in the 1990s.[10] Doreen Bird
Doreen Bird
(1928–2004), dance teacher, lived in Sidcup
Sidcup
and established Bird College[20] Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake
(1932–), illustrator, artist, born in Sidcup[18] Denis Bond (1946–), children's author, actor and scriptwriter, lives in Sidcup[18] Garry Bushell
Garry Bushell
(1955–), journalist, lives in Sidcup[21] George Albert Cairns
George Albert Cairns
(1913–44), winner of the last Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross
of World War II, lived and worked in Sidcup[22] Sheila Callender
Sheila Callender
(1914–2004), haematologist, born in Sidcup[23] Ben Chorley (1982–), footballer (Tranmere Rovers, Leyton
Leyton
Orient, now Bromley
Bromley
F.C.), born in Sidcup[24] Charlie Clements (1987–), actor (EastEnders), born in Sidcup[citation needed] Jason Crowe (1978–), footballer, born in Sidcup[25] Jay Darlington (1968-), musician (former keyboardist for the band Kula Shaker and currently a member of the band Magic Bus), born in Sidcup[26] Ian Davenport
Ian Davenport
(1966–), abstract painter and former Turner Prize nominee, born in Sidcup[27] Ashley Glazebrook aka. Twist, dancer, Twist and Pulse[citation needed] Joe Healy (1986–), footballer who plays for Welling
Welling
United, born in Sidcup Deren Ibrahim (1991–), Gibraltarian footballer, born in Sidcup[28] Alfred Garth Jones
Alfred Garth Jones
(1872–1955), illustrator, spent the last years of his life in Sidcup[citation needed] John Paul Jones (1946–), bass guitarist (Led Zeppelin), born in Sidcup[29] Rob Knox
Rob Knox
(1989–2008), actor, murdered in Sidcup[30][31] 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[32] Ivan Magill (1888–1986), innovative anaesthetist, worked in Sidcup[33] Lee Murray (1977–), former kickboxer and mixed martial arts champion, convicted of the Securitas depot robbery, lived in Sidcup[34] Emma Noble
Emma Noble
(1971–), model and actress, born in Sidcup[35] Mike Rann
Mike Rann
(1953–), Premier of South Australia, politician, born in Sidcup, lived in Blackfen
Blackfen
prior to emigrating to New Zealand with his parents[36] John Regis (1966–), Olympic sprinter, lived in Sidcup[37] Mark Ricketts (1984–), footballer, born in Sidcup[38] Wayne Routledge
Wayne Routledge
(1985–), footballer, born in Sidcup[39] Gerard Shelley
Gerard Shelley
(1891–1980), author, translator and Catholic bishop, born in Sidcup[40] 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[41] Ethel Smyth
Ethel Smyth
(1858–1944), composer and suffragette, born in St. John's Road, Sidcup[42] Roderick Spode, politician and founder of Eulalie Soeurs lingerie, succeeded as 7th Earl of Sidcup Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney
Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney
(1733–1800), politician and Cabinet minister, lived in Frognal House, Foots Cray[43] Gordon Watson (1971–), former Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday
footballer, born in Sidcup[44] Elizabeth Wiskemann
Elizabeth Wiskemann
(1899–1971), historian and journalist, born in Sidcup[45] Doug Wright (1914–98), cricketer ( Kent
Kent
and England), born in Sidcup[46] Sarah Young (1971–), pornographic model and actress, born in Sidcup[citation needed]

Bibliography[edit]

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. 

References[edit]

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Sidcup
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Sidcup
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