Martens Avenue (1934)

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Martens Avenue, Barnehurst (1934)

   Contemporary view of the area - viewing direction is appoximate

Development and destruction. This view shows the scale of work necessary to lay the infrastructure that precedes house building.

Embryonic roads, in this case, Martens Grove, are grooved with deep trenches to
take drains and emerging houses are cocooned with scaffolding.

The building of the estate was preceded by the felling of ancient woodlands, part of
the grounds of Martens Grove house.

The estate was built by Ayling, one of a number of builders active at the time.

Source: Ideal Homes

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The story of Barnehurst begins in 1745, when Miles Barne the son of a wealthy London merchant married Elizabeth Elwick (died 1747) the only child of Nathaniel Elwick of May Place in Crayford, on whose death in 1750 Miles Barne inherited May Place and its large estate.

The family retained May Place and the remaining estate until 1938, when it was sold to Crayford UDC for £24,500.

The name Barnehurst, a combination of Barne the landowner and Hurst Saxon word for woodland, came into being when a name was required for a station being built in Conduit Wood, Crayford, by the Bexley Heath Railway Company on their new railway, opened in 1895, where it crossed the May Place Estate owned by Col Frederick Barne. At that time the area we know as Barnehurst was part of the Parish of Crayford, and consisted of a mix of farmland and market gardens, with apple, plum and cherry orchards,together with wood and parkland belonging to the estates of May Place, Martens Grove and Oakwood. The small population was concentrated along and to the south of Mayplace Road.

The opening of the railway failed to attract the large scale house developers, and passenger numbers were small only boosted at weekends by golfers travelling to the new Barnehurst Golf Course opened in 1903. Its club house the old mansion of May Place was destroyed by fire in 91' target='_top'>1959. The electrification of the Bexleyheath Line in 1926 signalled the start of the large housing developments of the 1920s and 30s.

The first builder J W Ellingham chose the prime site next to the station on which to build the ’Barnehurst Estate’ of 578 semi-detached houses selling for £600 each. Building started along Barnehurst Road (previously called Hills and Holes Road) in 1926. The Midfield Parade of shops followed in 1928 and the estate was completed in the early 1930s. The builders W H Wedlock Ltd played a major role in the development of Barnehurst. In 1926 W H Wedlock Ltd started building the ’Mayplace Farm’ estate based on Oakwood Drive. Their brochure offered a comprehensive range of house and bungalow designs at prices from £495 to £850. Their next development of Lyndhurst Road, Brantwood Road and Risedale Road started in 1929. Their roads on this and later estates are easily identified, being named after Lake District locations.

By 1932 development south of the railway was well advanced and the developers had moved to the more difficult terrain north of the railway. W H Wedlock Ltd developed the ’Mayplace Estate’ between Erith Road and Barnehurst Avenue. The only new Public House, the Red Barn, was built by Arnolds of Chelmsford in 1936. To the east of Barnehurst Avenue, New Ideal Homesteads Ltd started work on their ’Barnehurst Park Estate’. It was not until after the war that lands of the Normandy and Venners farms were developed.

The last major development was the building of the Woolwich Building Society Headquarters complex, opened by Princess Anne in 1989, on land to the north of Watling Street.

Crayford:   Crayford was combined with other local areas to form the London Borough of Bexley in 1965.
Martens Grove Park:   
Phoenix Sports Club:   

Park Grove (1934):   Park Grove was the first road to be laid out in the 1934 Martens Grove Estate.

Alderman Close, DA1 · Alfriston Close, DA1 · Appledore Avenue, DA7 · Ashen Drive, DA1 · Barnehurst Avenue, DA7 · Barnehurst Road, DA7 · Bascombe Grove, DA1 · Bath Road, DA1 · Beechcroft Avenue, DA7 · Beverley Road, DA7 · Blenheim Close, DA1 · Blenheim Road, DA1 · Bowmans Road, DA1 · Braemar Avenue, DA7 · Braeside Crescent, DA7 · Brantwood Road, DA7 · Broomhill Road, DA1 · Brummel Close, DA7 · Bullman Close, DA7 · Carnet Close, DA1 · Castleton Avenue, DA7 · Chastilian Road, DA1 · Chesterfield Drive, DA1 · Cheviot Close, DA7 · Chieveley Road, DA7 · Chiltern Close, DA7 · Clive Avenue, DA1 · Colyers Lane Primary School, DA7 · Coniston Close, DA7 · Coniston Road, DA7 · Cotswold Close, DA7 · Dale Road, DA1 · Denton Road, DA1 · Denver Road, DA1 · Devonshire Avenue, DA1 · Dorothy Evans Close, DA7 · Downbank Avenue, DA7 · Dudsbury Road, DA1 · Eastleigh Road, DA7 · Edendale Road, DA7 · Edendale Road, DA8 · Epsom Close, DA7 · Erith Road, DA7 · Eversley Avenue, DA7 · Eversley Cross, DA7 · Fairford Avenue, DA7 · Falstaff Close, DA1 · Firmin Road, DA1 · FP 231, DA7 · Gainsborough Avenue, DA1 · Galloway Drive, DA1 · Gloucester Road, DA1 · Grasmere Road, DA7 · Grazeley Close, DA5 · Grove Road, DA7 · Halcot Avenue, DA6 · Hall Place Crescent, DA5 · Hallford Way, DA1 · Havelock Road, DA1 · Heath Lane Upper, DA1 · Heath Lane Upper, DA2 · Heath Lane, DA1 · Heath Road, DA1 · Heather Drive, DA1 · heatherbank Close, DA1 · Heathlands Rise, DA1 · Heathlee Road, DA1 · Heathview Avenue, DA1 · Helen Close, DA1 · Hill Brow, DA1 · Hillcrest Road, DA1 · Hillingdon Road, DA7 · Hillside Road, DA1 · Holly Gardens, DA7 · Holmsdale Grove, DA1 · Holmsdale Grove, DA7 · Homer Close, DA7 · Hurstwood Avenue, DA7 · Inglewood Road, DA7 · James Road, DA1 · Kingsridge Gardens, DA1 · Kingswood Close, DA1 · Knole Road, DA1 · Laburnum Avenue, DA1 · Lawrence Hill Gardens, DA1 · Lawrence Hill Road, DA1 · Lea Vale, DA1 · Lea Vale, DA7 · Leysdown Avenue, DA7 · Lingwood, DA7 · Lodge Avenue, DA1 · Lyndhurst Close, DA7 · Lyndhurst Road, DA7 · Maida Vale Road, DA1 · Manor Way, DA7 · Marcet Road, DA1 · Marcus Road, DA1 · Marden Crescent, DA5 · Marlborough Road, DA1 · Martens Avenue, DA7 · Martens Close, DA7 · Mason Close, DA7 · Mayplace Close, DA7 · Mayplace primary School, DA7 · Mayplace Road East, DA7 · Melrose Avenue, DA1 · Merewood Road, DA7 · Midfield Avenue, DA7 · Morland Avenue, DA1 · Mount Road, DA1 · Nelson Road, DA1 · North Road, DA1 · Northall Road, DA7 · Oakwood Drive, DA7 · Old Bexley Lane, DA1 · Old Manor Way, DA7 · Park Grove, DA7 · Parkside Avenue, DA7 · Pinnacle Hill North, DA7 · Pinnacle Hill, DA7 · Quantock Road, DA7 · Raeburn Avenue, DA1 · Randolph Close, DA7 · Rayford Close, DA1 · Ridge Way, DA1 · Risedale Road, DA7 · Rochester Way, DA1 · Rosedene Court, DA1 · Ross Road, DA1 · Royston Road, DA1 · Rudland Road, DA7 · Saltcote Close, DA1 · Seaton Road, DA1 · Shenstone Close, DA1 · Shepherds Lane, DA1 · Shepherds Lane, DA2 · Somerset Road, DA1 · Spring Vale, DA7 · Springfield Road, DA7 · Stanham Road, DA1 · Station Road, DA1 · Stephen Road, DA7 · Sullivan Close, DA1 · Swaisland Road, DA1 · Swallow Close, DA7 · Swan Lane, DA1 · Taunton Close, DA7 · Thirlmere Road, DA7 · Three Corners, DA7 · Tudor Close, DA1 · Turner Court, DA1 · Valley Close, DA1 · Venners Close, DA7 · Walkley Road, DA1 · Waltham Close, DA1 · Watling Street, DA1 · Watling Street, DA6 · Watling Street, DA7 · Wellington Road, DA1 · Wentworth Drive, DA1 · West Heath Road, DA1 · West Hill Drive, DA1 · Western Terrace, DA1 · Westfield Road, DA7 · Wilmot Road, DA1 · Windermere Road, DA7 · Windsor Drive, DA1 · Winifred Road, DA1 · Woodside Close, DA1 · Woodside Close, DA7 · Woodside Road, AL2 · Woodside Road, DA7 · Woolbrook Road, DA1 ·

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