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Suburb · Barnes Cray · DA1 ·
December
25
2020

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.




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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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Roy Batham   
Added: 7 Jan 2022 07:17 GMT   

Smithy in Longacre
John Burris 1802-1848 Listed 1841 census as Burroughs was a blacksmith, address just given as Longacre.

Source: Batham/Wiseman - Family Tree

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Roy Batham   
Added: 7 Jan 2022 05:50 GMT   

Batham Family (1851 - 1921)
I start with William Batham 1786-1852 born in St.Martins Middlesex. From various sources I have found snippets of information concerning his early life. A soldier in 1814 he married Mary Champelovier of Huguenot descent By 1819 they were in Kensington where they raised 10 children. Apart from soldier his other occupations include whitesmith, bell hanger and pig breeder. I find my first record in the 1851 English sensus. No street address is given, just ’The Potteries’. He died 1853. Only one child at home then George Batham 1839-1923, my great grandfather. By 1861 he is living in Thomas St. Kensington with his mother. A bricklayer by trade 1871, married and still in Thomas St. 1881 finds him in 5,Martin St. Kensington. 1891 10,Manchester St. 1911, 44 Hunt St Hammersmith. Lastly 1921 Census 7, Mersey St. which has since been demolished.

Source: Batham/Wiseman - Family Tree

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Born here
sam   
Added: 31 Dec 2021 00:54 GMT   

Burdett Street, SE1
I was on 2nd July 1952, in Burdett chambers (which is also known as Burdett buildings)on Burdett street

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Lived here
John Neill   
Added: 25 Nov 2021 11:30 GMT   

Sandringham Road, E10 (1937 - 1966)
I lived at No. 61 with my parents during these years. I went to Canterbury Road school (now Barclay Primary) and sang as a boy soprano (treble) in the church choir at St Andrew’s church, on the corner of Forest Glade.
Opposite us lived the Burgess family. Their son Russell also sang in my choir as a tenor. He later became a well-known musician and the choirmaster at Wandsworth Boys’ School.
Just at the end of WW2 a German rocket (V2) landed in the grounds of Whipps Cross Hospital, damaging many of the houses in Sandringham Road, including ours.

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Tim Stevenson   
Added: 16 Nov 2021 18:03 GMT   

Pub still open
The Bohemia survived the 2020/21 lockdowns and is still a thriving local social resource.

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STEPHEN JACKSON   
Added: 14 Nov 2021 17:25 GMT   

Fellows Court, E2
my family moved into the tower block 13th floor (maisonette), in 1967 after our street Lenthall rd e8 was demolished, we were one of the first families in the new block. A number of families from our street were rehoused in this and the adjoining flats. Inside toilet and central heating, all very modern at the time, plus eventually a tarmac football pitch in the grounds,(the cage), with a goal painted by the kids on the brick wall of the railway.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
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.
Iron Mill Place, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
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
Old Farm Offices, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Optima Park, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Peppiatt Close, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
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
Siddeley Road, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
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
Vimy Way, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Virginia Court, DA1 A street within the DA1 postcode
Virginia Road, 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
Wynns Avenue, DA15 Wynns Avenue is a location in London.

THE PUBS OF BARNES CRAY
Royal British Legion Club This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.




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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