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At Hadleys London, Beckenham we love the hustle and bustle of this London commuter town. So when looking for that big life changing move with a elegant touch, we're the estate agents for you.

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About Beckenham

Beckenham, in the London Borough of Bromley, sits between Penge to the west, Elmers End to the south, Lower Sydenham and Bellingham to the north and Bromley to the east.

Beckenham is a far cry from the quiet Kent village of the 19th century. With its busy high street, good local schools and fantastic transport links - it lies just eight miles from central London - there is much for Beckenham to celebrate, including local heroes Enid Blyton and David Bowie.

Beckenham, in the London Borough of Bromley, sits between Penge to the west, Elmers End to the south, Lower Sydenham and Bellingham to the north and Bromley to the east. Commutters may be interested to know that just 8.4 miles away, lies Charing Cross.

Estate agent insights into Beckenham

Beckenham offers a diverse range of architecture and homes, including a large stock of Victorian properties of all sizes. There are both purpose-built and Victorian conversion flats, three- and four-bedroom terrace and semi-detached houses, along with larger Thirties' houses.

Areas to look out for

Beckenham's most exclusive roads include Beckenham Place Park, a semi-private development backing on to the golf course, and Langley Park, a private gated development built by Laing Homes.

Transport in Beckenham

Eight train stations serve the area - Beckenham Junction, Beckenham Hill, New Beckenham, Clock House, Kent House, Ravensbourne, Eden Park and Elmers End. Beckenham Junction has trains to Victoria, London Bridge and on Thameslink to St. Pancras; New Beckenham, Clock House, Elmers End and Eden Park have trains to Cannon Street and Charing Cross; Kent House services go to Cannon Street, Charing Cross and St. Pancras; Ravensbourne is on Thameslink. There are Tramlink stations at Beckenham Junction, Beckenham Road and Elmers End with services to Croydon and Wimbledon.

Out and about in Beckenham

Busy Beckenham High Street snakes through the town and ends up by St. George's Church with its ancient lych gate (dating from the 13th century, and one of the oldest in England). There are branches of Lidl, Sainsbury's, Waitrose and M&S Simply Food. Villagers Fine Sausages sells specialist sausages and other meats, while the fishmonger is called Pearl Fisheries. Fans of vinyl can visit Wanted Music, and vegans and vegetarians can find sustenance at Chai Naasto, Pierluigi's, Ask Italian and, towards Sydenham, The Calabash of Culture. There's a six-screen Odeon multiplex cinema in Beckenham High Street, and Beckenham Theatre Centre in Bromley Road is one of the UK's smallest theatres.

The many pubs and clubs include O'Neill's, George Inn, Kelsey House Bar & Kitchen and Friends of Mine, and the highly-rated Beckenham Comedy Cabaret. Sports fans can enjoy Beckenham Rugby Club, Cricket and Lawn Tennis Clubs, Beckenham Town FC, Sydenham Sports Club and many more.

The history of Beckenham

The area is referred to as Bacheham in the Domesday Book of 1086 and, although not much else is known at this point, there is evidence of Stone and Bronze Age artefacts at Holwood Park. A Roman camp was known to have been sited in the village, and a Roman road joining London to Lewes passed through the region.

The arrival of the Normans saw the area grow in importance, and St. George's Church was built in the 12th century. Despite this, Beckenham remained fairly insignificant until 1773, when John Cator built Beckenham Place and became Lord of the Manor. After his death, his sons realised that the village's proximity to London made it an excellent prospect â€" the arrival of the railway in 1857, confirming this. Soon, large villas with large gardens, in wide roads soon began to spring up.

Beckenham continued to grow into a town, with notable additions including the Shortlands area (1863), Clock House (1890s), Park Langley (1908), Elmers End (1911), and Eden Park (1926).

Beckenham was promoted to a borough in its own right in 1935, ultimately being disbanded in 1965 when, with the creation of the GLC, it was absorbed into the new borough of Bromley.

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