Castleton Avenue, DA7

An area maybe laid out between the wars. Most of the urban landscape is interwar

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Road · Crayford · DA7 ·
November
30
2017

Castleton Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area





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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Watts   
Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.

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Added: 25 Apr 2022 22:11 GMT   

Southover, N12
Everyone knows Central Woodside is the place to be. Ever since kdog moved from finchtown, Woodside has been thriving.

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Born here
Bernard Miller   
Added: 12 Apr 2022 17:36 GMT   

My mother and her sister were born at 9 Windsor Terrace
My mother, Millie Haring (later Miller) and her sister Yetta Haring (later Freedman) were born here in 1922 and 1923. With their parents and older brother and sister, they lived in two rooms until they moved to Stoke Newington in 1929. She always said there were six rooms, six families, a shared sink on the first floor landing and a toilet in the backyard.

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Brian Lynch   
Added: 10 Apr 2022 13:38 GMT   

Staples Mattress Factory
An architect’s design of the Staples Mattress Factory
An image found on the website of Dalzell’s Beds, in Armagh Northern Ireland.

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Lived here
   
Added: 19 Feb 2022 16:21 GMT   

Harmondsworth (1939 - 1965)
I lived in a house (Lostwithiel) on the Bath Road opposite the junction with Tythe Barn Lane, now a hotel site. Initially, aircraft used one of the diagonal runways directly in line with our house. I attended Sipson Primary School opposite the Three Magpies and celebrated my 21st birthday at The Peggy Bedford in 1959.

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Emma Seif   
Added: 25 Jan 2022 19:06 GMT   

Birth of the Bluestocking Society
In about 1750, Elizabeth Montagu began hosting literary breakfasts in her home at 23 (now 31) Hill Street. These are considered the first meetings of the Bluestocking society.

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Comment
   
Added: 14 Jan 2022 03:06 GMT   

Goldbourne Gardens W 10
I lived in Goldbourne Gardens in the 50,s very happy big bomb site

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Chris Nash   
Added: 10 Jan 2022 22:54 GMT   

Shortlands Close, DA17
Shortlands Close and the flats along it were constructed in the mid-1990s. Prior to this, the area was occupied by semi-detached houses with large gardens, which dated from the post-war period and were built on the site of Railway Farm. The farm and its buildings spanned the length of Abbey Road, on the south side of the North Kent Line railway tracks.

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NEARBY STREETS
Appledore Avenue, DA7 Appledore Avenue was built as part of the ’Barnehurst Park Estate’ of New Ideal Homesteads Ltd.
Barnehurst Avenue, DA7 Barnehurst Avenue runs north from Merewood Road up to the Erith Road.
Barnehurst Avenue, DA8 Barnehurst Avenue is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Barnehurst Close, DA8 Barnehurst Close is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Beechcroft Avenue, DA7 Beechcroft Avenue is one of a series of north-south roads named alphabetically.
Beverley Road, DA7 Beverley Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Brendon Close, DA8 Brendon Close is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Cheviot Close, DA7 Cheviot Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Chiltern Close, DA7 Chiltern Close 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.
Cotswold Close, DA7 Cotswold Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Cumbrian Avenue, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Downbank Avenue, DA7 Downbank Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
East Holme, DA8 East Holme is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Edendale Road, DA7 Edendale Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Eversley Avenue, DA7 Eversley Avenue is a road in the DA7 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
Grasmere Road, DA7 Grasmere Road runs from Erith Road to Merewood Road.
Heath Way, DA8 Heath Way is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Heathway, DA8 Heathway is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Hurstwood Avenue, DA7 Hurstwood Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Mendip Road, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Merewood Road, DA7 Merewood Road runs east from Erith Road.
Normandy Way, DA8 Normandy Way is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Northall Road, DA7 Northall Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Northumberland Way, DA7 Northumberland Way is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Old Manor Way, DA7 Old Manor Way is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Parkside Avenue, DA7 Parkside Avenue is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Parkside Cross, DA7 A street within the DA7 postcode
Peartree Close, DA7 A street within the DA8 postcode
Pennine Way, DA8 Pennine Way is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Quantock Road, DA7 Quantock Road is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Swallow Close, DA7 Swallow Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Swallow Close, DA8 Swallow Close is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Taunton Close, DA7 Taunton Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
Thirlmere Road, DA7 Thirlmere Road runs between Coniston Road and Grasmere Road.
Venners Close, DA7 Venners Close is a road in the DA7 postcode area
west Holme, DA8 west Holme is a road in the DA8 postcode area


Crayford

Crayford was combined with other local areas to form the London Borough of Bexley in 1965.


Crayford has a long and interesting history. The area was first mentioned in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle (c.891 - 924), which states that the Britons fought the Jutes at the Battle of Creganford in 457. The Domesday Book (1086) records that in Crayford "there is a church", implying that there was a well established settlement in the area by that time. The Norman Church of St Paulinus, which still stands on top of Crayford Hill overlooking the town, was built in 1100.

The original stimulus for settlement in the area was the fact that the River Cray could be forded at this point - and "Cray-ford" became the settlement’s name.

Crayford Manor House stands just to the north-west of St Paulinus Church, probably in roughly the same position as the first manor house, which was established in the 14th century. Crayford actually contained two manors, those of Howbury and Newbury.

Several large houses once stood in the area, including Oakwood, Shenstone and May Place. Little evidence remains of these, although part of the last house called May Place is now incorporated into the clubhouse of Barnehurst Golf Course.

The house was for many years the seat of the lord of the manor and between 1694 and 1707 was the home of Sir Cloudesley Shovell (1650 - 1707), Commander in Chief of the Navy who took part in the capture of Gibraltar in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession. Three years later, after his ship the Association was wrecked off the Isles of Scilly, he was strangled for the rings he wore, by a fisherwoman.

The presence of the river in the town led to the growth of industries such as tanning and silk-making, which need a constant supply of free-flowing fresh water. The tannery has long since gone, but the silk-printing works of David Evans Ltd, established in 1843, remain in the town. Swaislands was another long-established local printing firm. It was taken over by GP & J Baker who closed the works only in 1961.

In the early years of the 19th century the huge armaments firm Vickers, originally from Sheffield, moved into the area. In the few short years of the First World War Vickers’ workforce grew from 300 to 14,000. Vickers built an estate, the Crayford Garden Suburb, to the east of the town to house the armaments workers. Whilst all that remains of the Vickers factory today is the clocktower, surrounded by modern retail development, the houses are still very much in evidence and are sought after as homes because of the quality of construction. This area, which borders on Dartford and the County of Kent, became known as Barnes Cray after a prominent local family (the Barnes).

Other industries in the area included barge building in Crayford Creek, brickmaking and motor-car production by the Siddeley Autocar Company, which had its registered works at Crayford in 1902.

After the First World War the production of armaments was reduced, but industry continued to thrive and the local community prospered on the trade brought to the area as a result of the influx of workers during the war. The Princesses Theatre, opened in 1916 on the riverside, was built specifically to entertain these workers but unfortunately burnt to the ground within six months. It was subsequently rebuilt to exactly the same specifications but presumably with improved fire-protection measures!

In 1920 Crayford became an urban district. As in most other local areas, the 1930s saw a period of busy housebuilding, although this was perhaps not as extensive in Crayford as it was elsewhere. Houses were built mostly by local builders such as New Ideal Homesteads and W.H. Wedlock.

The population in the urban district almost doubled in the 20 years to 1951, from 15,896 in 1931 to 27,950 in 1951.

Housebuilding was interrupted by the Second World War, which affected Crayford badly because the presence of the Royal Arsenal nearby (see Thamesmead) and of the armaments works in the town made Crayford an obvious target for enemy bombers.

The town of Crayford today revolves around the retail trade, and has a large Sainsbury’s hypermarket at its centre. It is home to a substantial commuter population, who travel to London and nearby business and retail centres such as Bexleyheath and the newly opened Bluewater shopping park near Dartford.


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Mayplace Road East (1900)
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