Interesting facts about Chislehurst
The name “Chislehurst” is derived from the Saxon words cisel, “gravel”, and hyrst, “wooded hill”.
The Walsingham family, including Christopher Marlowe’s patron, Sir Thomas Walsingham and Queen Elizabeth I’s spymaster, Francis Walsingham, had a home in Scadbury Park, now a nature reserve in which the ruins of the house can still be seen.
A water tower used to straddle the road from Chislehurst to Bromley until it was demolished in 1963 as one of the last acts of the Chislehurst and Sidcup UDC. It marked the entrance to the Wythes Estate in Bickley, but its narrow archway meant that double-decker buses were not able to be used on the route.
Chislehurst is largely a residential area. Chislehurst West, previously known as “Pricking” or “Prickend”, includes the biggest of the ponds and the High Street.
Chislehurst is one of the starting points for the Green Chain Walk, linking to places such as Crystal Palace, Erith, the Thames Barrier and Thamesmead.
Chislehurst Common (and nearby St Paul’s Cray Common) were saved from development in 1888 following campaigns by local residents. They were a popular destination for bank holiday trips in the early 20th century, and now provide a valuable green space. Nearby Petts Wood, Hawkwood and Scadbury have also been preserved as open spaces following local campaigns.
Chislehurst Conservation Area
A 2017 list shows there have been 596.4 hectares (1,474 acres) in Chislehurst designated as conservation areas since 1971. The designation of conservation areas is one of the many planning tactics used in the United Kingdom that includes local planning authorities (LPA’s), with plans working in conjunction such as the listing of buildings and scheduled monuments, metropolitan Green Belts, National Trusts, and “Tree Preservation Orders”. These give stringent policies against development with statues and non-statutory orders. The destruction of many trees and Victorian style buildings caused by bombing during WWII, as well as the ensuing building boom, made protection even more critical. The end result is the protection of areas by preventing arbitrary destruction from large as well as small-scale development that can cause a creeping effect into side spaces and back gardens.
Transport In Chislehurst
Chislehurst railway station is on the South Eastern Main Line, serving the neighbourhood of Chislehurst in the London Borough of Bromley. It is 11 miles 19 chains down the line from London Charing Cross and is situated between Elmstead Woods and Petts Wood
Rail Journey Planner
Chislehurst has 21 bus routes which serve 65 bus stops. This page lists the bus stops and bus routes in Chislehurst and displays them on a map. If you want to find out more details and view bus times or timetables click on a link.
Plan your Chislehurst bus journey
TFL Journey Planner
Education In Chislehurst
Ofsted School Reports
Government Schools Performance
Restaurants In Chislehurst
Living in Chislehurst means unlimited restaurants to visit, and we love it.
There’s every cuisine available from pizza places, fish, 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.
Sport and leisur
Bromley town has four Non-League football clubs. Two teams play their home games at the Hayes Lane Stadium: Bromley F.C. and Cray Wanderers F.C.; the latter is claimed to be the oldest football club in what is today Greater London. The other teams, Holmesdale F.C. and Greenwich Borough F.C., play at Oakley Road. Bromley F.C. are the only professional team in Bromley and play in the National League, one level below the Football League.
Four rugby clubs in Bromley are, Old Elthamians a National League 2 side, Parkhouse FC, Bromley RFC and Beckenham RFC. Beccehamians RFC is a club that was founded in 1933 which plays competitive rugby at Sparrows Den at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill in nearby West Wickham.
Day out with kids
Gyms near Chislehurst
There is a great choice of gyms in bromley.
Virgin gym Bromley
Power Wave Bromley
Cinema near Chislehurst
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 Chislehurst
When selling or letting your property to tenants and buyers in Bromley you have a great choice of estate agents.
KFH estate agents Chislehurst
Alan De Maid
See our latest properties at 123estateAgent Chislehurst
Parks near Chislehurst