Alexandra Crescent, BR1

Road in/near Sundridge Park, existing between 1925 and now

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Alexandra Crescent, BR1

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Alexandra Crescent was known for its 1926 ’Downham Wall’.

Alexandra Crescent was built as a private (unadopted) road in late 1925 by the developer Albert Frampton. In a last-minute change of name, it was called after Queen Alexandra of Denmark who had just passed away in November of that year.

As the Downham Estate was being built to the north in 1926, those who were just moving into the new Alexandra Crescent appointed Frampton to build a dividing wall. The private home owners wished to prevent the working class people of Downham from accessing their neighbouring middle-class area. The Alexandra Crescent residents also wanted to prevent the development of an access route into the centre of Bromley.

Frampton made a formal application to Bromley Council on 16 February 1926 to build the dividing wall. The council refused to take a decision but the seven-foot-high brick wall was built nonetheless. It was constructed across Valeswood Road at its junction with Alexandra Crescent.

The ’class wall’ was the forerunner of the gated communities, barrier-walls and the use of private security which became more common decades later.

The wall was removed in 1950.




Main source: History Today |
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The Downham Wall, Alexandra Crescent

The Downham Wall, Alexandra Crescent
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Chingley Close, BR1 Chingley Close is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Coniston Road, BR1 Coniston Road is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Detling Road, BR1 Detling Road, like the remainder of the Downham Estate, dates from the late 1920s.
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Keedonwood Road, BR1 Keedonwood Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
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Kinnaird Avenue, BR1 Kinnaird Avenue is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Kinnaird Close, BR1 Kinnaird Close is a road in the BR1 postcode area
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Nutwood Park, BR1 Nutwood Park is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Park Avenue, BR1 Park Avenue is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Pontefract Road, BR1 Pontefract Road is a road on the Downham Estate.
Quernmore Close, BR1 Quernmore Close is a road in the BR1 postcode area
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Rangefield Road, BR1 Rangefield Road is so-named because of a late nineteenth century rifle range near Holloway Farm.
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Swiftsden Way, BR1 Swiftsden Way is a road in the BR1 postcode area
Ullswater Close, BR1 Ullswater Close is a road in the BR1 postcode area
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