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Royal Parade, Chislehurst
Chislehurst is located in Greater London
 Chislehurst shown within Greater London
OS grid reference
London borough Bromley
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BR7
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Bromley & Chislehurst
London Assembly Bexley and Bromley
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Chislehurst () is an affluent suburban district in south east London, England and a part of the London Borough of Bromley. It borders the London Boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich, and lies east of Bromley and south west of Sidcup. It is 10.5 miles (16.9 km) south east of Charing Cross.


  • Toponymy 1
  • History 2
  • Present 3
  • Education 4
  • Famous residents 5
  • Places of worship 6
  • Transport and locale 7
    • Nearest places 7.1
    • Transport 7.2
  • References 8


The name "Chislehurst" is derived from the Saxon words cisel 'gravel', and hyrst 'wooded hill'.


Camden Place (now Chislehurst Golf Club) takes its name from the

  1. ^ Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, London 2: South, Buildings of England (Harmondsworth, 1983), p. 180.
  2. ^ The baby was christened Rose Cavena Wakeman according to the official guides. Birth records show that a baby called Rose L.C. Wakeman was born in Chislehurst in 1946, which is consistent with the story.
  3. ^ Vision of Britain - Chilsehurst UD (historic map)
  4. ^ Vision of Britain - Chislehurst and Sidcup UD (historic map)
  5. ^ Friends of Scadbury Park
  6. ^
  7. ^ Chislehurst Baptist Church
  8. ^ Christ Church Chislehurst
  9. ^ Elmstead Baptist Church, Chislehurst
  10. ^ Chislehurst
  11. ^ Chislehurst, Chislehurst: The Annunciation Church - Kent | Diocese of Rochester
  12. ^ Chislehurst, Chislehurst: St Nicholas Church - Kent | Diocese of Rochester
  13. ^ Ichthus Chislehurst


Chislehurst station serves the area with services to London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street, Orpington and Sevenoaks via Orpington. Chislehurst is served by many Transport for London bus services linking it with areas including Beckenham, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Catford, Eltham, Hither Green, Lewisham, Mottingham, North Greenwich, Orpington, Sidcup, St Mary Cray and Woolwich.


Nearest places

Transport and locale

  • Chislehurst Baptist Church[7]
  • St Patrick's Catholic Church
  • Christ Church Chislehurst[8]
  • Elmstead Baptist Church[9]
  • Chislehurst Methodist Church[10]
  • The Annuncation[11]
  • St. Nicholas[12]
  • Darul Uloom Mosque and School
  • Ichthus Christian Fellowship[13]
  • St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, original burial place of Napoleon III and his son the Prince Imperial (killed when acting as an observer in the Boer War)

Places of worship

Famous residents


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 is regarded as an affluent area and one of the most expensive places to live in South East London. Chislehurst West may be found by going towards Mottingham and this area includes the biggest of the ponds and the High Street which has many pubs and restaurants. Chislehurst West was previously known as "Pricking" and "Prickend".

Chislehurst village sign


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.

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.[5]

Chislehurst is home to the Derwent House, designed by William Willett.

The Chislehurst civil parish formed an urban district of Kent from 1894 to 1934.[3] In 1934 it became part of the Chislehurst and Sidcup Urban District,[4] which was split in 1965 between the London boroughs of Bromley and Bexley.

A local attraction is Chislehurst Caves. The caves are considered to be of very ancient origin. They were originally used to mine flint and chalk. During World War II, thousands of people used them nightly as an air raid shelter. There is even a chapel. One child was born in the caves during World War II, and was given a middle name of 'Cavena'.[2] The caves have also been used as a venue for live music; Jimi Hendrix, the Who and the Rolling Stones have all played there. The caves are reputedly haunted, and Druids are said to have made grisly human sacrifices in their depths. A number of television programmes and films, including episodes of Doctor Who, have been filmed there. Tours are available most days, and on Sundays there used to be an extended tour, lasting approximately one and a half hours, although this no longer takes place. Tours are normally on the hour. There is a licensed bar and café at the caves.

Chislehurst Caves entrance

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.

). imperial, remained at Camden Place until 1885. There is a memorial to Napoléon Eugène on Chislehurst Common, and the area's connections with the imperial family are found in many road names and in the local telephone code, 467, which in its earlier format corresponded to the letters IMP (for Eugénie. The Emperor's widow, the Empress St Michael's Abbey, Farnborough, before being removed to St Mary's Church were originally buried in Prince Imperial. His body and that of the Napoleon III. A later occupant of the house, from 1871 until his death there in 1873, was the exiled French Emperor, Earl Camden. Pratt was ennobled in 1765, taking the title Baron Camden, of Camden Place: in 1786 he was created Lord Chancellor, and later Attorney General, the Charles Pratt In about 1760, the house and estate were bought by [1]

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