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Barnes Cray

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Barnes Cray is located on the Greater London border with Kent, bordering Dartford.

Barnes Cray is named for the Barne family, who owned land here in the mid-18th century.

Up until the Victorian era it was a hamlet a kilometre downstream of Crayford where no more than sixteen homes were clustered. A calico-printing works drew water power from the culverted River Wansunt in early Victorian times, being later adapted for the manufacture of rubber goods, then felt and finally Brussels carpets. This carpet mill was demolished by 1890 and Barnes Cray House, the next largest building, was cleared by 1933, ending its days as a nursing home.

The remnants of the settlement became absorbed into Crayford with the building of a garden village to facilitate the expansion of Vickers’ armaments factory during the 1915 to 1919 period. Six hundred cottages were built in a variety of styles.

In 1920 the area became part of the Crayford Urban District of Kent (having previously been in Dartford Rural District).

Following World War I, Crayford Urban District Council erected further housing estates to the north, eventually merging with estates spreading southwards from Erith. In 1965, under the London Government Act 1963, the urban district was abolished and its area transferred to Greater London to form part of the present-day London Borough of Bexley.

The Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre is in Barnes Cray.




Main source: Hidden London
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The Waterside, Barnes Cray, Crayford (1915). 

This was the pathway leading to Barnes Cray House. The land on the right is the garden of Bridge House, Crayford.

The Waterside, Barnes Cray, Crayford (1915). This was the pathway leading to Barnes Cray House. The land on the right is the garden of Bridge House, Crayford.
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Barnes Cray Barnes Cray is located on the Greater London border with Kent, bordering Dartford.

THE STREETS OF BARNES CRAY
Ambrose Close, DA1 Ambrose Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Barnes Cray Road, DA1 Barnes Cray Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Beech Walk, DA1 Beech Walk is part of the Barnes Cray Estate.
Beult Road, DA1 Beult Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Bramley Place, DA1 Bramley Place is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Cheswick Close, DA1 Cheswick Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Cray Close, DA1 Cray Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Crayford Way, DA1 Crayford Way was built by the Vickers company for its munitions factory workers.
Crayside Industrial Estate, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Eardemont Close, DA1 Eardemont Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Farm Place, DA1 Farm Place is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Glebelands, DA1 Glebelands is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Green Walk, DA1 Green Walk runs parallel with Crayford Way.
Hubbard Close, DA1 Hubbard Close is a location in London.
Iron Mill Lane, DA1 Iron Mill Lane is named after a mill that made plate for Elizabethan armour.
Kennet Road, DA1 Kennet Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Maiden Lane, DA1 Maiden Lane has farm buildings and cottages to its south that may be over 300 years old.
Mayplace Avenue, DA1 Mayplace Avenue is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Medway Road, DA1 Medway Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Mill Place, DA1 Mill Place is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Oak Close, DA1 Oak Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Ravensbourne Road, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Rectory Close, DA1 Rectory Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Russell Close, DA1 Russell Close is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Samas Way, DA1 Samas Way is a road in the DA1 postcode area
School Crescent, DA1 School Crescent is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Shuttle Road, DA1 Shuttle Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Stanham Place, DA1 Stanham Place is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Stour Road, DA1 Stour Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Swale Road, DA1 Swale Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Thames Road, DA1 Thames Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
The Rise, DA1 The Rise was build as part of a First World War garden estate.
Thomas Road, DA1 Thomas Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Thomas Road, DA8 Thomas Road is a road in the DA8 postcode area
Village Green Road, DA1 Village Green Road is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Virginia Court, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Woodfall Drive, DA1 Woodfall Drive is a road in the DA1 postcode area
Woollett Close, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode




LOCAL PHOTOS

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Barnes Cray House (1919). That year, the Princesses Theatre reopened after the First World War and celebrations held at Barnes Cray House.
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