Interesting facts about Beckenham
Beckenham is a post town and district of London in the London Borough of Bromley, England. It borders Beckenham Place Park and Bellingham in the London Borough of Lewisham and is centred 8.4 miles south east of Charing Cross. Historically part of Kent, Beckenham was, until the coming of the railway in 1857, a small village, with most of its land being rural and private parkland. John Cator and his family began the building of villas which led to a rapid increase in population, between 1850 and 1900, from 2,000 to 26,000. Housing and population growth has continued at a lesser pace since 1900.
Although early written history tells little of the area, archaeological evidence at Holwood Park, where Stone Age and Bronze Age artifacts have been found, reveals some evidence of early settlers. A Roman camp was sited here, and a Roman road, the London to Lewes Way passed through the district. With the arrival of the Normans, the Manor of Beckenham took on added importance, and controlled much of what is modern Beckenham. St George’s Church was built in the 12th century. In the Middle Ages, the manor lands were divided: at this time the estates of Kelsey and Langley came into being.
Beckenham still remained a small village until well into the 19th century. The beginning of its growth began when, in 1773, John Cator built Beckenham Place and became Lord of the Manor. After he died in 1807, his sons soon became aware that the area in such close proximity to London was ripe for development, especially once the railway had arrived in 1857; and large villas began to be built around the new station.
The station was opened by the Mid-Kent Railway (MKR) on 1 January 1857 as the terminus of the line from Lewisham; it became a junction on 3 May 1858 when the West End of London and Crystal Palace Railway Farnborough Extension line from Crystal Palace to Shortlands was opened. On 1 July 1863 the London Chatham & Dover Railway Metropolitan Extension from Beckenham to Victoria/Blackfriars completed the lines serving the station. In 1863 the MKR was taken over by the South Eastern Railway (SER) and thereafter the station was operated jointly by the LCDR and SER. Despite a partial rebuilding in 1890 the original MKR building is still in use as the main station offices and booking hall.
From December 2007, a significant upgrade to train services at Beckenham Junction took place, with an increase in frequency of the London Victoria to Orpington services (off peak) to every 15 mins. Until Section 2 of High Speed 1 opened in 2007 Eurostar services passed the station, but did not stop. In December 2010 Southern increased the number of evening services on Monday-Saturdays so that trains would run to London Bridge Station later into the evening.
Tram 2549 at the Beckenham Junction terminus of Tramlink.
The two platform Tramlink stop opened in 2000, with the rest of the route to the Croydon loop. The stop is outside the station, across the car park, beside the A2015 road, which avoids Beckenham town centre.
Rail Journey Planner
TFL Journey Planner
Education in Beckenham
Beckenham has numerous schools as listed. Please see the links provided.
Ofsted School Reports
Government Schools Performance
Restaurants in Beckenham
Living in Beckenham means unlimited restaurants to visit, and we love it.
There’s every cuisine available from pizza places, burritos, burgers joints, curry houses and cafes. So we have checked out TripAdvisor to get the low down on the best places to eat.
See the following links for great ideas to eat in Bromley.
Virgin gym Bromley
Power Wave Bromley
Odeon Cinema in Beckenham has 6 screens of film magic, all screening stunning RealD 3D.
Bromley Picture house was opened in June 2019 in the previous Empire theatre.
Vue Cinemas own a nine-screen cinema, which is part of the Bromley South Central scheme at St Mark’s Square, opened on 28 November 2018.
Estate agents in Beckenham
When selling or letting your property to tenants and buyers in Bromley you have a great choice of estate agents.
Winkworth estate agents beckenham
KFH estate agents beckeham
Mann estate agents beckeham
Rightmove property in Beckenham
See our latest properties at 123estateAgent Beckenham
Parks in Beckenham
Beckenham has many green spaces to use all year round. See our list of parks that you can click into for more information.
Trip Adviser best parks in Beckenham