Avenue Road, Bexleyheath, Kent

Road in/near Bexleyheath, existing between 1875 and now

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Avenue Road, DA7

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Avenue Road runs south from Bexleyheath railway station.

Avenue Road took its name from its distinct avenue of elm trees. The line of trees led to the Manor House which had been built in 1769 by William Wheatley. In 1858 the house was pulled down and in August 1874 the Wheatley estate was sold off fetching c.£170,000. The open land being sold for building development including new homes. Large detached houses were built, starting in the south end of the street.

Market gardening remained the main local industry which benefited greatly with the coming of the railway to Bexleyheath in 1895. By the turn of the twentieth century, large nurseries had appeared on both sides of the road.

The railway fuelled development and the market gardens gave way to further housing.

Sadly, The trees were felled in 1936, bringing the streetscape into line with many others locally.


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Avenue Road, Bexleyheath on 4 November 1914, looking north towards Pickford Lane and Bexleyheath station.

Behind the trees on the right can be seen large detached houses. Greenhouses appear behind the opposite row of trees on the left-hand side.

Avenue Road, Bexleyheath on 4 November 1914, looking north towards Pickford Lane and Bexleyheath station. Behind the trees on the right can be seen large detached houses. Greenhouses appear behind the opposite row of trees on the left-hand side.
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NEARBY STREETS
Abbey Road, DA7 The ’Abbey’ in the road name refers to Lesnes Abbey.
Adams Square, DA6 A street within the DA6 postcode
Avenue Road, DA6 Avenue Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Balcombe Close, DA6 Balcombe Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Beechwood Crescent, DA7 Beechwood Crescent is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Blackthorn Grove, DA7 Blackthorn Grove is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Brampton Road, DA6 Brampton Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Brunswick Close, DA6 Brunswick Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Brunswick Road, DA6 Brunswick Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Bynon Avenue, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Chestnut Drive, DA7 Chestnut Drive is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Church Road, DA6 Church Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Church Road, DA7 Church Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Clarence Road, DA6 A street within the DA6 postcode
Crook Log Primary School, DA6 Crook Log Primary School is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Crook Log, DA6 Crook Log is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Crook Log, DA7 Crook Log is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Dallin Road, DA6 Dallin Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Danson Road, DA6 Danson Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Devonshire Road, DA6 Devonshire Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Eden Apartments, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Emerton Close, DA6 Emerton Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Emerton Road, DA6 Emerton Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Ethronvi Road, DA7 Ethronvi Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Fox Hollow Drive, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Gainsborough Square, DA6 A street within the DA6 postcode
Glengall Road, DA7 Glengall Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Glynde Road, DA6 Glynde Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Glynde Road, DA7 Glynde Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Hanover Way, DA6 A street within the DA6 postcode
Harcourt Road, DA6 Harcourt Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Harlington Road, DA7 Harlington Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Langmore Court, DA6 A street within the DA6 postcode
Lenor Close, DA6 A street within the DA6 postcode
Longmere Court, DA6 Longmere Court is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Marlborough Road, DA16 Marlborough Road is a road in the DA16 postcode area
Marlborough Road, DA7 Marlborough Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Mayfield, DA7 Mayfield is a road in the DA7 postcode area
North Close, DA6 North Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Paddock Road, DA6 Paddock Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Palmeira Road, DA7 Palmeira Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Pickford Road, DA6 Pickford Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Pickford Road, DA7 Pickford Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Portman Close, DA7 Portman Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Princes Street, DA7 This is a street in the DA7 postcode area
Princess Street, DA7 Princess Street is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Queen Street, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Rear of 39-41, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Regency Way, DA6 A street within the DA6 postcode
Regency Way, DA7 Regency Way is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Robina Close, DA6 Robina Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Rowan Road, DA7 Rowan Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Sandford Road, DA7 Sandford Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Sheridan Road, DA7 Sheridan Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
South Close, DA6 South Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Standard Road, DA6 Standard Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Station Approach, DA7 Station Approach is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Station Road, DA7 Station Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Stratton Close, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Stratton Road, DA7 Stratton Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Sydney Road, DA6 Sydney Road is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Talehangers Close, DA6 Talehangers Close is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Tarrington Court, DA6 A street within the DA6 postcode
The Grove, DA6 The Grove is a road in the DA6 postcode area
Trinity Place, DA6 Trinity Place is a road in the DA6 postcode area
West Street, DA6 West Street is a road in the DA6 postcode area
West Street, DA7 West Street is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Woodlands Road, DA7 Woodlands Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area


Bexleyheath

Bexleyheath is the current administrative centre for the London Borough of Bexley and the main shopping centre for the borough.

For almost its entire history Bexleyheath was a heath bordering Watling Street, the ancient Roman road between London and Dover. The heath was notorious for highwaymen, and coaching inns were built along the road to provide a refuge for travellers. These inns, some of which still stand today, were a stimulus for further development in the area. In addition the enclosure of the heath in 1819 meant that the land could be more easily developed and slowly the town of Bexleyheath grew to prominence, overtaking Bexley in terms of population well before the end of the 19th century.

The first church on the heath was a chapel-of-ease built in 1836 near what is now Oaklands Road. This was followed by a permanent place of worship, Christchurch, in 1877.

The area grew in importance until in 1880 it had its first representatives on the Bexley Local Board, one of whom, Alfred Bean, was the chairman. Bean was a railway engineer and entrepreneur who moved into Danson Mansion in 1862 and together with other luminaries such as William Morris (who built his Red House in Upton) helped to raise the profile of Bexleyheath. The Bexleyheath Railway Line arrived in 1895.

The town was in the middle of a thriving agricultural area and had a market place that became the centre of the new development where the clock tower, built in 1912, is today. Commercial premises soon arrived and stores such as Penny, Son & Parker, Hides and Jenkins General Stores attracted shoppers to the area in great numbers.

At the start of the 1930s the town was still concentrated along Watling Street, but by the end of the decade the picture had changed dramatically. The first major development was the Brampton Park Estate, built by DC Bowyer, with new roads being laid out between the old country lanes of Brampton Road and Pickford Lane. Smaller developments of the 1930s were built by New Ideal Homesteads in the Pelham Road area.


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