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About Chislehurst

Family-friendly Chislehurst is one of the more affluent parts of south-east London. The village has a distinctly rural feel and a great deal of its charm can be attributed to its surrounding commons. The residents saved these from development towards the end of the 19th century and they are protected by an Act of Parliament. Chislehurst has the village atmosphere so popular with families with the added attraction of its close proximity to central London.

Chislehurst can be found in the London Borough of Bromley, and is placed within an area between Elmstead, Petts Wood, Longlands, New Eltham, Sidcup and Foots Cray.

Chislehurst can be found in the London Borough of Bromley, and is placed within an area between Elmstead, Petts Wood, Longlands, New Eltham, Sidcup and Foots Cray. Charing Cross can be found 10.5 miles away.

Estate agent insights into Chislehurst

Today, Camden Place serves as the clubhouse of Chislehurst Golf Club and as a wedding and conference venue, but several local street names are a reminder of its royal connection to Napoleon III. Empress Eugénie has Empress Drive named after her, where there are Thirties' and Fifties' semi-detached houses, while Prince Imperial Road, overlooking Chislehurst Common, is named for the couple's son, Louis.

Areas to look out for

Other popular streets include Wilderness Road, Camden Park Road, Cricket Ground Road and Yester Park.

Transport in Chislehurst

Lying 12 miles south-east of central London, with Sidcup to the north, Orpington to the south and Bromley to the west, Chislehurst is close to the junction of the M25 and M20. There are trains from Chislehurst station to Cannon Street that take 29 minutes, while services to London Bridge take 21 minutes. It takes 29 minutes to Charing Cross, 24 minutes to Waterloo and 41 minutes to Blackfriars. Services take a few minutes less from nearby Elmstead Woods station.

Out and about in Chislehurst

The two shopping areas are along High Street and Royal Parade. The High Street is dominated by a lovely duck pond at one end and a large branch of Sainsbury's at the other. There is a wonderful array of individual businesses selling everything traditional confectionery, high-quality linens, giftware and jewellery to garden machinery, vintage furniture, sportswear and wine (and a whole lot more!). Plenty of the local pubs serve food, including the Crown Inn in School Road, which is a Shepherd Neame pub, while the Bull's Head in Royal Parade belongs to Young's.

Vegetarians can find menu choices in many of the restaurants and cafés, including at The Bickley, Thaidine, and the Chislehurst Curry and Grill, whilst vegans can find menu options at Zizzi and Pizza Express.

Chislehurst Caves, an ancient chalk and flint mine with a 22-mile labyrinth of underground tunnels, is the big local tourist draw.

Chislehurst is a sporty place, with the Chislehurst and West Kent Cricket Club in Cricket Ground Road, a tennis club in Empress Drive and the golf club in Camden Park Road. For Yoga there's Deva and Valerie May; Dance can be found at The Studio and Quick Steps, and football fans can go to Glebe FC where they are also installing a new gym.

The history of Chislehurst

Chislehurst is first mentioned in a charter in 973 and the name is thought to be derived from the Saxon words cisel 'gravel', and hyrst (or hurst). This could mean 'wooded hill' or 'stony wood'. Chislehurt was thought to be part of the Royal Manor of Dartford, which could explain its absence from the Domesday Book of 1086. The Manor was purchased by Thomas Walsingham (the literary patron and courtier to Elizabeth I) in 1611, who sold the majority of it whilst keeping Chislehurst. His home in Scadbury Park, is now a nature reserve and the ruins of the house are still in evidence.

It would be fair to say that not much more of note happened until the arrival of the railway in 1865. In common with many other villages, the still fairly rural community began to develop from there on. Camden Place (now Chislehurst Golf Club) was, at this time, home to the exiled French imperial family and that, added to visits from Queen Victoria, led to Chislehurst suddenly being promoted to being a fashionable place to reside. The civil parish formed an urban district of Kent from 1894, becoming a part of the Chislehurst & Sidcup Urban District in 1934, Chislehurst then being split off into the London Borough of Bromley in 1965.

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