Barnehurst

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Rail station · Barnehurst · DA7 ·
MARCH
5
2017

The name of Barnehurst is derived from the name of the landowner family and the Saxon word for woodland: ’hurst’.

In 1745, Miles Barne the son of a wealthy London merchant married Elizabeth Elwick the heiress to May Place and inherited the estate in 1750. The family owned May Place until 1938 when it was sold to the local council.

The name Barnehurst came into being once a station had been proposed in Conduit Wood for the Bexley Heath Railway Company on their 1895 railway. It crossed the May Place Estate, then owned by Colonel Frederick Barne. At that time the area now known as Barnehurst was part of the Parish of Crayford, consisting of a mix of farmland and market gardens, with cherry, apple and plum orchards, with wood and parkland belonging to the estates of May Place, Martens Grove and Oakwood. The small population was concentrated along and to the south of Mayplace Road.

At first, the railway failed to attract large scale house developers - passenger numbers were small only boosted at weekends by golfers travelling to the new Barnehurst Golf Course opened in 1903. Its club house the old mansion of May Place was destroyed by fire in 1959. The electrification of the Bexleyheath Line in 1926 signalled the start of the large housing developments of the 1920s and 1930s.


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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY

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Andrew MacFarlane   
Added: 25 Nov 2020 11:22 GMT   

my time at Mayplace road school
started at mayplace in 1938 the teachers were Mr English headmaster Miss Clark,Bress,and miss Black
I lived 200 yards from the school

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

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danny currie   
Added: 30 Nov 2022 18:39 GMT   

dads yard
ron currie had a car breaking yard in millers yard back in the 60s good old days

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Lynette beardwood   
Added: 29 Nov 2022 20:53 GMT   

Spy’s Club
Topham’s Hotel at 24-28 Ebury Street was called the Ebury Court Hotel. Its first proprietor was a Mrs Topham. In WW2 it was a favourite watering hole for the various intelligence organisations based in the Pimlico area. The first woman infiltrated into France in 1942, FANY Yvonne Rudellat, was recruited by the Special Operations Executive while working there. She died in Bergen Belsen in April 1945.

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Born here
   
Added: 16 Nov 2022 12:39 GMT   

The Pearce family lived in Gardnor Road
The Pearce family moved into Gardnor Road around 1900 after living in Fairfax walk, my Great grandfather, wife and there children are recorded living in number 4 Gardnor road in the 1911 census, yet I have been told my grand father was born in number 4 in 1902, generations of the Pearce continue living in number 4 as well other houses in the road up until the 1980’s

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Lived here
Phil Stubbington   
Added: 14 Nov 2022 16:28 GMT   

Numbers 60 to 70 (1901 - 1939)
A builder, Robert Maeers (1842-1919), applied to build six houses on plots 134 to 139 on the Lincoln House Estate on 5 October 1901. He received approval on 8 October 1901. These would become numbers 60 to 70 Rodenhurst Road (60 is plot 139). Robert Maeers was born in Northleigh, Devon. In 1901 he was living in 118 Elms Road with his wife Georgina, nee Bagwell. They had four children, Allan, Edwin, Alice, and Harriet, born between 1863 and 1873.
Alice Maeers was married to John Rawlins. Harriet Maeers was married to William Street.
Three of the six houses first appear on the electoral register in 1904:
Daniel Mescal “Ferncroft”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By the 1905 electoral register all six are occupied:

Daniel Mescal “St Senans”
Henry Robert Honeywood “Grasmere”
John Rawlins “Iveydene”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Walter Ernest Manning “St Hilda”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By 1906 house numbers replace names:

Daniel Mescal 70
Henry Robert Honeywood 68
John Rawlins 66
William Francis Street 64
Walter Ernest Manning 62
Henry Elkin 60

It’s not clear whether number 70 changed from “Ferncroft” to “St Senans” or possibly Daniel Mescal moved houses.

In any event, it can be seen that Robert Maeers’ two daughters are living in numbers 64 and 66, with, according to local information, an interconnecting door. In the 1911 census William Street is shown as a banker’s clerk. John Rawlins is a chartering clerk in shipping. Robert Maeers and his wife are also living at this address, Robert being shown as a retired builder.

By 1939 all the houses are in different ownership except number 60, where the Elkins are still in residence.


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stephen garraway   
Added: 13 Nov 2022 13:56 GMT   

Martin Street, Latimer Road
I was born at St Charlottes and lived at 14, Martin Street, Latimer Road W10 until I was 4 years old when we moved to the east end. It was my Nan Grant’s House and she was the widow of George Frederick Grant. She had two sons, George and Frederick, and one daughter, my mother Margaret Patricia.
The downstairs flat where we lived had two floors, the basement and the ground floor. The upper two floors were rented to a Scot and his family, the Smiths. He had red hair. The lights and cooker were gas and there was one cold tap over a Belfast sink. A tin bath hung on the wall. The toilet was outside in the yard. This was concreted over and faced the the rear of the opposite terraces. All the yards were segregated by high brick walls. The basement had the a "best" room with a large , dark fireplace with two painted metal Alsation ornaments and it was very dark, cold and little used.
The street lights were gas and a man came round twice daily to turn them on and off using a large pole with a hook and a lighted torch on the end. I remember men coming round the streets with carts selling hot chestnuts and muffins and also the hurdy gurdy man with his instrument and a monkey in a red jacket. I also remember the first time I saw a black man and my mother pulling me away from him. He had a Trilby and pale Mackintosh so he must of been one of the first of the Windrush people. I seem to recall he had a thin moustache.
Uncle George had a small delivery lorry but mum lost touch with him and his family. Uncle Fred went to Peabody Buildings near ST.Pauls.
My Nan was moved to a maisonette in White City around 1966, and couldn’t cope with electric lights, cookers and heating and she lost all of her neighbourhood friends. Within six months she had extreme dementia and died in a horrible ward in Tooting Bec hospital a year or so later. An awful way to end her life, being moved out of her lifelong neighbourhood even though it was slums.

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Comment
   
Added: 31 Oct 2022 18:47 GMT   

Memories
I lived at 7 Conder Street in a prefab from roughly 1965 to 1971 approx - happy memories- sad to see it is no more ?

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Eve Glover   
Added: 22 Oct 2022 09:28 GMT   

Shenley Road
Shenley Road is the main street in Borehamwood where the Job Centre and Blue Arrow were located

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Richard Lake   
Added: 28 Sep 2022 09:37 GMT   

Trade Union Official
John William Lake snr moved with his family to 22 De Laune Street in 1936. He was the London Branch Secretary for the Street Masons, Paviours and Road Makers Union. He had previously lived in Orange St now Copperfield St Southwark but had been forced to move because the landlord didn’t like him working from home and said it broke his lease.
John William snr died in 1940. His son John William Lake jnr also became a stone mason and at the end of World War two he was responsible for the engraving of the dates of WW2 onto the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

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THE STREETS OF BARNEHURST
Appleton Close, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Barnehurst Close, DA8 Barnehurst Close is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Barnehurst Road, DA7 Barnehurst Road was previously called Hills and Holes Road.
Beverley Road, DA7 Beverley Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Bourne mead, DA5 Bourne mead is a road in the DA5 postcode area
Bowness Road, DA7 Bowness Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Braemar Avenue, DA7 Braemar Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Braeside Crescent, DA7 Braeside Crescent is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Brantwood Road, DA7 Brantwood Road is a 1920s road in the Barnehurst area.
Brindley Close, DA7 Brindley Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Brummel Close, DA7 Brummel Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Bullman Close, DA7 Bullman Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Chieveley Parade, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Chieveley Road, DA7 Chieveley Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Colyers Lane Primary School, DA7 Colyers Lane Primary School is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Coniston Close, DA7 Coniston Close is a small cul-de-sac lying off of Coniston Road.
Coniston Road, DA7 Coniston Road was laid out by the W H Wedlock company in 1932.
Cumbrian Avenue, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Doris Avenue, DA8 A street within the DA8 postcode
Dorothy Evans Close, DA7 Dorothy Evans Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Eastleigh Road, DA7 Eastleigh Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Epsom Close, DA7 Epsom Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Erith Road, DA6 Erith Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Erith Road, DA7 Erith Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Eversley Avenue, DA7 Eversley Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Eversley Avenue, DA8 Eversley Avenue is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Eversley Cross, DA7 Eversley Cross is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Fairford Avenue, DA7 Fairford Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Foresters Crescent, DA7 Foresters Crescent is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Garrard Close, DA7 Garrard Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Gravel Hill Primary School, DA6 Gravel Hill Primary School is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Grazeley Close, DA6 Grazeley Close is a road in the DA5 postcode area
Grazeley Close, DA6 A street within the DA6 postcode
Grove Road, DA7 Grove Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Guinea Court, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Halcot Avenue, DA6 Halcot Avenue is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Hall Place Crescent, DA5 Hall Place Crescent was built between 1951 and 1953.
Hilary Close, DA7 Hilary Close is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Hillingdon Road, DA7 Hillingdon Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Holly Gardens, DA7 Holly Gardens is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Holmsdale Grove, DA7 Holmsdale Grove is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Holmsdale Grove, DA7 Holmsdale Grove is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Homer Close, DA7 Homer Close is a road lying off of Grasmere Road.
Hornbeam Lane, DA7 Hornbeam Lane provides access to the car park of Barnehurst station.
Hurstwood Avenue, DA7 Hurstwood Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Inglewood Road, DA7 Inglewood Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Lane End, DA7 Lane End is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Lea Vale, DA1 Lea Vale is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Lea Vale, DA1 Lea Vale is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Leysdown Avenue, DA7 Leysdown Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Lingwood, DA7 Lingwood is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Lyndhurst Close, DA7 Lyndhurst Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Lyndhurst Road, DA7 Lyndhurst Road was developed by W H Wedlock Ltd., builders.
Manor Way, DA7 Manor Way is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Marden Crescent, DA5 Marden Crescent is a road in the DA5 postcode area
Martens Avenue, DA7 Martens Avenue was built on the site of Springfield House in the immediate post-war era.
Martens Close, DA7 Martens Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Mason Close, DA7 Mason Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Mayplace Close, DA7 Mayplace Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Mayplace Road East, DA7 Mayplace Road East was an old lane leading east from Barnehurst.
Mayplace Road East, DA7 Mayplace Road East runs west-east through the DA1 and DA7 postcodes.
Mayplace Road West, DA7 Mayplace Road West is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Mendip Road, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Mera Drive, DA7 Mera Drive is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Merewood Road, DA7 Merewood Road runs east from Erith Road.
Midfield Avenue, DA7 Midfield Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Midfield Parade, DA7 Midfield Parade was named as it was situated in the former middle field of the local farm.
Miller Close, DA7 Miller Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Mount Pleasant Walk, DA5 Mount Pleasant Walk is a road in the DA5 postcode area
Northall Road, DA7 Northall Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Oakwood Drive, DA7 Oakwood Drive was formed as part of the ’Mayplace Farm’ estate built by W H Wedlock Ltd.
Old Barn Way, DA7 Old Barn Way was built over the site of Mayplace Farm in 1938.
Old Manor Way, DA7 Old Manor Way is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Old Road, DA1 Old Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Park Grove, DA7 Park Grove is part of the Martens Grove Estate, build in the 1930s.
Parkside Avenue, DA1 Parkside Avenue is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Parkside Avenue, DA7 Parkside Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Parkside Cross, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Parkside Parade, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Pelham Road, DA7 Pelham Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Pennine Way, DA8 Pennine Way is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Pinnacle Hill North, DA7 Pinnacle Hill North is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Pinnacle Hill, DA7 Pinnacle Hill is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Randolph Close, DA7 Randolph Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Risedale Road, DA7 Risedale Road was one of a series of ’Lake District’ roads build in 1929.
Rudland Road, DA7 Rudland Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Sevenoaks Close, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Shenstone Close, DA1 Shenstone Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Silverdale Road, DA7 Silverdale Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Sovereign Court, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Spring Vale, DA7 Spring Vale is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Springfield Road, DA7 Springfield Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Stephen Road, DA7 Stephen Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Sterling Road, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Taunton Close, DA7 Taunton Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
The Chase, DA7 The Chase is a road in the DA7 postcode area
The Marlowes, DA1 The Marlowes is a road in the DA1 postcode area
The Vyne, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Three Corners, DA7 Three Corners is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Watling Street, DA6 Watling Street is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Watling Street, DA6 Watling Street is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Watling Street, DA6 Watling Street is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Westfield Road, DA7 Westfield Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Windermere Road, DA7 Windermere Road is named for the largest lake in England.
Woodside Close, DA7 Woodside Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Woodside Road, DA7 Woodside Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area

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Martens Avenue, Barnehurst (1934)
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Mayplace Road East (1900)
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Trolley bus at Erith Road bus depot (1935)
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Martens Avenue, Barnehurst (1934)
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Courtleet Bottom, Erith Road, Barnehurst (1934)
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Old Road, Martens Grove, Barnehurst (1934)
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Mayplace Road East (1900)
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Barnehurst Road before development was known as Hills and Holes Road. It was renamed to be Barnehurst Road in 1926. Prior to this it was little more than a country lane, but its proximity to the new railway station made it prime land for housing development.
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Mayplace Farm, Barnehurst (1930s) For centuries, the farm fed and funded Mayplace. As Mayplace declined, the farm – farmhouse, yard, outbuildings and 16 acres of land – was sold for £2770 to the building firm W.H. Wedlock, who demolished the farm in the late 1930s and built Old Barn Way in its place during 1938.
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Midfield Parade, Barnehurt (1940s) With the growth of Barnehurst in the 1930s - commuter housing, new roads and new schools - this junction became south Barnehurst’s main shopping centre, built by Ellinghams who also developed much of Bexleyheath. The first shops were named ‘The Parade’ and provided a dozen retail units with living accommodation above.
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Bexleyheath Bus Depot opened in time to serve the new trolley buses, operational from 1935
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