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Bexleyheath is the current administrative centre for the London Borough of Bexley and the main shopping centre for the borough.

Rear of Red House, Bexleyheath
Credit: David Kemp
For almost its entire history Bexleyheath was a heath bordering Watling Street, the ancient Roman road between London and Dover. The heath was notorious for highwaymen, and coaching inns were built along the road to provide a refuge for travellers. These inns, some of which still stand today, were a stimulus for further development in the area. In addition the enclosure of the heath in 1819 meant that the land could be more easily developed and slowly the town of Bexleyheath grew to prominence, overtaking Bexley in terms of population well before the end of the 19th century.

The first church on the heath was a chapel-of-ease built in 1836 near what is now Oaklands Road. This was followed by a permanent place of worship, Christchurch, in 1877.

The area grew in importance until in 1880 it had its first representatives on the Bexley Local Board, one of whom, Alfred Bean, was the chairman. Bean was a railway engineer and entrepreneur who moved into Danson Mansion in 1862 and together with other luminaries such as William Morris (who built his Red House in Upton) helped to raise the profile of Bexleyheath. The Bexleyheath Railway Line arrived in 1895.

The town was in the middle of a thriving agricultural area and had a market place that became the centre of the new development where the clock tower, built in 1912, is today. Commercial premises soon arrived and stores such as Penny, Son & Parker, Hides and Jenkins General Stores attracted shoppers to the area in great numbers.

At the start of the 1930s the town was still concentrated along Watling Street, but by the end of the decade the picture had changed dramatically. The first major development was the Brampton Park Estate, built by DC Bowyer, with new roads being laid out between the old country lanes of Brampton Road and Pickford Lane. Smaller developments of the 1930s were built by New Ideal Homesteads in the Pelham Road area.

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Rear of Red House, Bexleyheath
David Kemp

THE STREETS OF BEXLEYHEATH
Abbey Road, DA7 The ’Abbey’ in the road name refers to Lesnes Abbey.
Abbotts Walk, DA7 Abbotts Walk is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Albury Avenue, DA7 Albury Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Alers Road, DA6 Alers Road was named after Jameson Alers Hankey.
Alexander Road, DA7 Alexander Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Ambleside Road, DA7 Ambleside Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Arnside Road, DA7 Arnside Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Ashbourne Avenue, DA7 Ashbourne Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Asken Close, DA6 Asken Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Askern Close, DA6 Askern Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Avenue Road, DA6 Avenue Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Avenue Road, DA7 Avenue Road runs south from Bexleyheath railway station.
Balcombe Close, DA6 Balcombe Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Barrington Road, DA7 Barrington Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Barry Avenue, DA7 Barry Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Basilon Road, DA7 Basilon Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Bean Road, DA6 Bean Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Bedonwell Road, DA7 Bedonwell Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Beechwood Crescent, DA7 Beechwood Crescent is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Bellevue Road, DA6 Bellevue Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Belmont Road, DA7 Belmont Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Belvedere Road, DA7 Belvedere Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Berkeley Avenue, DA7 Berkeley Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Blackthorn Grove, DA7 Blackthorn Grove is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Bostall Park Avenue, DA7 Bostall Park Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Bowford Avenue, DA7 Bowford Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Bowness Road, DA7 Bowness Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Brabourne Crescent, DA7 Brabourne Crescent is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Brampton Primary School, DA7 Brampton Primary School is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Brampton Road, DA6 Brampton Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Brampton Road, DA7 Brampton Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Brasted Close, DA5 Brasted Close is a road in the DA5 postcode area
Brasted Close, DA6 Brasted Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Briarfield Close, DA7 Briarfield Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Brindley Close, DA7 Brindley Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Bristow Road, DA7 Bristow Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Broadway, DA6 Broadway is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Broadway, DA7 Broadway is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Brunswick Close, DA6 Brunswick Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Brunswick Road, DA6 Brunswick Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Burr Close, DA7 Burr Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Canberra Road, DA7 Canberra Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Cannon Road, DA7 Cannon Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Cartmel Road, DA7 Cartmel Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Chapel Road, DA7 Chapel Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Chessington Avenue, DA7 Chessington Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Chestnut Drive, DA7 Chestnut Drive is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Church Road, DA7 Church Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Clare Way, DA7 Clare Way is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Cloudesley Road, DA7 Cloudesley Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Clovelly Road, DA7 Clovelly Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Cobham Place, DA6 Cobham Place is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Coote Road, DA7 Coote Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Cranbrook Road, DA7 Cranbrook Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Cranleigh Gardens, DA7 Cranleigh Gardens is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Crook Log Primary School, DA6 Crook Log Primary School is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Crook Log, DA6 Crook Log is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Crook Log, DA7 Crook Log is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Cumberland Drive, DA7 Cumberland Drive is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Cuxton Close, DA6 Cuxton Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Cyril Road, DA7 Cyril Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Dallin Road, DA6 Dallin Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Danson Interchange, DA5 Danson Interchange is a road in the DA5 postcode area
Danson Park, DA6 Danson Park is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Derwent Crescent, DA7 Derwent Crescent is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Devonshire Road, DA6 Devonshire Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Ditton Road, DA6 Ditton Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Dorcis Avenue, DA7 Dorcis Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Dunwich Road, DA7 Dunwich Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
East Street, DA7 East Street is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Edwin Close, DA7 Edwin Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Emerton Close, DA6 Emerton Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Emerton Road, DA6 Emerton Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Ennerdale Road, DA7 Ennerdale Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Eskdale Road, DA7 Eskdale Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Ethronvi Road, DA7 Ethronvi Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Fairfield Road, DA7 Fairfield Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Fairlawn Avenue, DA16 Fairlawn Avenue is a road in the DA16 postcode area
Fairlawn Avenue, DA7 Fairlawn Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Fairway, DA6 Fairway is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Ferndale Close, DA7 Ferndale Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
First Avenue, DA7 First Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Foresters Crescent, DA7 Foresters Crescent is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Francis Avenue, DA7 Francis Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Franklin Road, DA7 Franklin Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Freta Road, DA6 Freta Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Garden Avenue, DA7 Garden Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Garrard Close, DA7 Garrard Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Glengall Road, DA7 Glengall Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Glynde Road, DA6 Glynde Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Glynde Road, DA7 Glynde Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Grace Avenue, DA7 Grace Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Green vale, DA6 Green vale is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Hamilton Road, DA7 Hamilton Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Hansol Road, DA6 Hansol Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Harcourt Road, DA6 Harcourt Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Harding Road, DA7 Harding Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Harlington Road, DA7 Harlington Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Harris Road, DA7 Harris Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Haslemere Road, DA7 Haslemere Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Heath Avenue, DA7 Heath Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Heathfield Road, DA6 Heathfield Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Heathside Avenue, DA7 Heathside Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Herbert Road, DA7 Herbert Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Heversham Road, DA7 Heversham Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Hollingbourne Avenue, DA7 Hollingbourne Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Holmesdale Road, DA7 Holmesdale Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Hornbeam Lane, DA7 Hornbeam Lane is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Hudson Road, DA7 Hudson Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Hurlingham Road, DA7 Hurlingham Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Hyde Road, DA7 Hyde Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Hythe Avenue, DA17 Hythe Avenue is a road in the DA17 postcode area
Hythe Avenue, DA7 Hythe Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Iris Avenue, DA6 Iris Avenue is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Iris Crescent, DA7 Iris Crescent is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Iverhurst Close, DA6 Iverhurst Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Izane Road, DA6 Izane Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Jenton Avenue, DA7 Jenton Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Keswick Road, DA7 Keswick Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
King Harolds Way, DA7 King Harolds Way is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Kingsgate Close, DA7 Kingsgate Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Kipling Road, DA7 Kipling Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Knowle Avenue, DA7 Knowle Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Lane End, DA7 Lane End is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Langdale Crescent, DA7 Langdale Crescent is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Lansdowne Avenue, DA7 Lansdowne Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Launton Drive, DA6 Launton Drive is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Lavernock Road, DA7 Lavernock Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Leckwith Avenue, DA7 Leckwith Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Lenham Road, DA7 Lenham Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Lessness Avenue, DA7 Lessness Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Lewin Road, DA6 Lewin Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Lion Road, DA6 Lion Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Little Heath Road, DA7 Little Heath Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Long Lane, DA7 Long Lane was an existing country lane which began to be developed in 1924.
Longleigh Lane, DA7 Longleigh Lane is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Longmere Court, DA6 Longmere Court is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Lonsdale Road, DA7 Lonsdale Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Lydd Road, DA7 Lydd Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Madison Crescent, DA7 Madison Crescent is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Madison Gardens, DA7 Madison Gardens is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Malvern Avenue, DA7 Malvern Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Marlborough Road, DA7 Marlborough Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Marley Avenue, DA7 Marley Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Martin Dene, DA6 Martin Dene is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Mayfair Avenue, DA7 Mayfair Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Mayfield, DA7 Mayfield is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Mayplace Road West, DA7 Mayplace Road West is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Melanie Close, DA7 Melanie Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Mera Drive, DA7 Mera Drive is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Miller Close, DA7 Miller Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Mount Drive, DA6 Mount Drive is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Mount Road, DA6 Mount Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Norfolk Gardens, DA7 Norfolk Gardens is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Normanhurst Avenue, DA7 Normanhurst Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
North Close, DA6 North Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
North Street, DA7 North Street is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Nursery Avenue, DA7 Nursery Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Oakhurst Avenue, DA7 Oakhurst Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Oakhurst Gardens, DA7 Oakhurst Gardens is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Oldfield Road, DA7 Oldfield Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Olron Crescent, DA6 Olron Crescent is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Orchard Close, DA7 Orchard Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Paddock Road, DA6 Paddock Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Palmar Crescent, DA7 Palmar Crescent is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Palmar Road, DA7 Palmar Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Palmeira Road, DA7 Palmeira Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Pelham Road, DA7 Pelham Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Pembury Road, DA7 Pembury Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Penshurst Road, DA7 Penshurst Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Percy Road, DA7 Percy Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Pickford Close, DA7 Pickford Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Pickford Lane, DA7 Pickford Lane is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Pickford Road, DA6 Pickford Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Pickford Road, DA7 Pickford Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Portman Close, DA7 Portman Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Powys Close, DA7 Powys Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Preston Drive, DA16 Preston Drive is a road in the DA16 postcode area
Preston Drive, DA7 Preston Drive is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Princes Street, DA7 This is a street in the DA7 postcode area
Princess Street, DA7 Princess Street is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Red House Lane, DA6 Red House Lane is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Regency Way, DA7 Regency Way is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Robin Hood Lane, DA6 Robin Hood Lane is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Robina Close, DA6 Robina Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Rowan Road, DA7 Rowan Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Russell Close, DA7 Russell Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Rydal Drive, DA7 Rydal Drive is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Sandford Road, DA7 Sandford Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Shakespeare Road, DA7 Shakespeare Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Sheldon Road, DA7 Sheldon Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Sheridan Road, DA7 Sheridan Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Sibley Close, DA6 Sibley Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Silecroft Road, DA7 Silecroft Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Silverdale Road, DA7 Silverdale Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
South Close, DA6 South Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
St. Audrey Avenue, DA7 St. Audrey Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Standard Road, DA6 Standard Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Stanhope Road, DA7 Stanhope Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Stapleton Road, DA7 Stapleton Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Station Approach, DA7 Station Approach is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Stonefield Close, DA7 Stonefield Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Stratton Road, DA7 Stratton Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Sunland Avenue, DA6 Sunland Avenue is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Swanbridge Road, DA7 Swanbridge Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Sydney Road, DA6 Sydney Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Talehangers Close, DA6 Talehangers Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
The Chase, DA7 The Chase is a road in the DA7 postcode area
The Green, DA7 The Green is a road in the DA7 postcode area
The Grove, DA6 The Grove is a road in the DA6 postcode area
The Pantiles, DA7 The Pantiles is a road in the DA7 postcode area
The Quadrant, DA7 The Quadrant is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Timothy Close, DA6 Timothy Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Tower Road, DA7 Tower Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Upland Road, DA7 Upland Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Upton Close, DA6 Upton Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Upton Road, DA6 Upton Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Veroan Road, DA7 Veroan Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Wenvoe Avenue, DA7 Wenvoe Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
West Street, DA6 West Street is a road in the DA6 postcode area
West Street, DA7 West Street is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Westbourne Road, DA7 Westbourne Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Whitfield Road, DA7 Whitfield Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Winchelsea Avenue, DA7 Winchelsea Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Winchester Road, DA16 Winchester Road is a road in the DA16 postcode area
Winchester Road, DA7 Winchester Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Windsor Road, DA6 Windsor Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Woolwich Road, DA6 Woolwich Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Woolwich Road, DA7 Woolwich Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area



VIEW THE BEXLEYHEATH AREA IN THE 1750s
The 1750 Rocque map is bounded by Sudbury (NW), Snaresbrook (NE), Eltham (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
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VIEW THE BEXLEYHEATH AREA IN THE 1800s
The 1800 mapping is bounded by Stanmore (NW), Woodford (NE), Bromley (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
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VIEW THE BEXLEYHEATH AREA IN THE 1830s
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VIEW THE BEXLEYHEATH AREA IN THE 1860s
The 1860 mapping is bounded by Brent Cross (NW), Stratford (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Hammermith (SW).
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VIEW THE BEXLEYHEATH AREA IN THE 1900s
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Bexleyheath

Bexleyheath is the current administrative centre for the London Borough of Bexley and the main shopping centre for the borough.

For almost its entire history Bexleyheath was a heath bordering Watling Street, the ancient Roman road between London and Dover. The heath was notorious for highwaymen, and coaching inns were built along the road to provide a refuge for travellers. These inns, some of which still stand today, were a stimulus for further development in the area. In addition the enclosure of the heath in 1819 meant that the land could be more easily developed and slowly the town of Bexleyheath grew to prominence, overtaking Bexley in terms of population well before the end of the 19th century.

The first church on the heath was a chapel-of-ease built in 1836 near what is now Oaklands Road. This was followed by a permanent place of worship, Christchurch, in 1877.

The area grew in importance until in 1880 it had its first representatives on the Bexley Local Board, one of whom, Alfred Bean, was the chairman. Bean was a railway engineer and entrepreneur who moved into Danson Mansion in 1862 and together with other luminaries such as William Morris (who built his Red House in Upton) helped to raise the profile of Bexleyheath. The Bexleyheath Railway Line arrived in 1895.

The town was in the middle of a thriving agricultural area and had a market place that became the centre of the new development where the clock tower, built in 1912, is today. Commercial premises soon arrived and stores such as Penny, Son & Parker, Hides and Jenkins General Stores attracted shoppers to the area in great numbers.

At the start of the 1930s the town was still concentrated along Watling Street, but by the end of the decade the picture had changed dramatically. The first major development was the Brampton Park Estate, built by DC Bowyer, with new roads being laid out between the old country lanes of Brampton Road and Pickford Lane. Smaller developments of the 1930s were built by New Ideal Homesteads in the Pelham Road area.
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