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Beckenham is on the London-Kent border by the river Beck. The origin of the
name is from Old English and probably meant Beohha's village.


Medieval Beckenham

1086 Beckenham spelt Bacheham in Domesday Book.
Beckenham Manor covered modern Beckenham and Shortlands.
C12 St George's Church built.
C13 Part of old manor house remains from Middle Ages (now council offices).
C13 Lynchgate built for St George¹s Church (oldest in England?).
Manor lands were split up in Middle Ages to form large estates including
Langley and Kelsey. Kelsey Park remains and has river Beck running though it.
C14 New St George¹s Church built.


Stuart Beckenham

1662 Earliest date for the George (Coaching inn).
1694 Rawlins Almshouse built in Bromley Road (reconstructed in 1881).


Georgian Beckenham

1773 Beckenham Place built
C18 Copers Cope House built on Southend Road (still in existence).


Victorian Beckenham

1850s Large Italianate houses built on Southend Road.
1857 Beckenham Junction railway station built for Mid Kent Railway.
1865 Watermill built on Southend Road (still in existence).
1866 New Beckenham Station built on Lennard Road.
1883 Public Hall built by George Vigers on Bromley Road in Arts & Crafts style.
1885-7 St George’s built
1896 Old Clock House demolished (built C18).


Modern Beckenham

1903 Tower completed on St George¹s Church.
1913 Langley Park mansion burnt down.
1928 Chinese Garage Langley Roundabout built by Edmund B. Clarke.
1930 Regal Cinema opened on the High Street.
1932 Town hall built.
1937 St Edmund (RC) consecrated, Village Way.
1960 West Oak house built by Eric Lyon on The Avenue.
1999 Tramlink to Croydon & Wimbledon opened.


Book list:

Manors and Estates of Old Beckenham - H. Rob Copeland. (1967)
The Village of Old Beckenham- H. Rob Copeland. (1970)
Early History of Beckenham - Len Hevey (F Cartet 1997)
Beckenham - Eric Inman & Nancy Tonkin (1993 Phillimore)

 

David Bowie - The South London Years
 
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