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Bexley is a town in South East (London sub region), England in the London Borough of Bexley. It is located on the banks of the River Cray south of the Roman Road, Watling Street and is near the border of Greater London with Kent. There are two parts to the town – Old Bexley, still with the appearance of a village (and often referred to locally as "Bexley Village"), and more recent suburban sprawl that blends into the surroundings (which include Albany Park, Bexley, Lamorbey, Bladindon, Blendon, London, and Bexleyheath). It is the suburban area that is now the main town centre of the borough, rather than Old Bexley. Bexley's Old Heath between Welling and Crayford now contains the council's main administrative offices and council chamber as well as suburban housing. The High Street is 12.76 miles from Charing Cross.

Landmarks

The main landmark in Bexley is the Anglican St. Mary's Church which gives its name to the London Borough of Bexley electoral ward containing the village. The church's most distinctive feature is probably the unusual spire which resembles an octagonal cone balanced precariously on top of a truncated pyramid.

Architecture
Hall Place is a former stately home, beside the River Cray on the Bourne Road out of Bexley towards Crayford. It lies to the north of Bexley at the foot of the road (Gravel Hill) up onto Bexley Heath (now covered in the modern day town of Bexleyheath). The house is unusual in that its two halves are built in highly contrasting architectural styles with little attempt at harmonizing them.

The house and grounds are now owned by the London Borough of Bexley, and are open to the public. The gardens include a topiary display of Queen's Beasts. Three walking routes pass Hall Place, the local council-sponsored Shuttle River Way and Cray River Way and the Mayor of London's London Outer Orbital Path, which, shortly after its start at Erith, follows the Cray River Way from Crayford to Foots Cray.

Danson House and the surrounding Danson Park in Welling are two of the main popular attractions in the London Borough of Bexley.

One of London's finest architectural families in the 19th century came from Bexley: the Shaws. John Shaw Sr. (1776–1832) worked on Lamorbey Park and was a well known architect in Kent and London, being one of the first designers of semi-detached housing in the capital. He is buried at St. Mary's Church; his son, John Shaw Jr, lived in nearby Crayford for a short time and owned a villa which was demolished in the early 20th century.

Red House (London) the only house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts movement, Red House is a building of extraordinary architectural and social significance. When it was completed in 1860, it was described by Edward Burne-Jones as 'the beautifullest place on earth'. The house has been acquired by the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty and is open to the public, the house is not fully furnished, but the original features and furniture by Morris and Philip Webb, stained glass and paintings by Burne-Jones, the bold architecture and a garden designed to 'clothe the house are still available to view. Bexley is a town in South East (London sub region), England in the London Borough of Bexley. It is located on the banks of the River Cray south of the Roman Road, Watling Street and is near the border of Greater London with Kent. There are two parts to the town – Old Bexley, still with the appearance of a village (and often referred to locally as "Bexley Village"), and more recent suburban sprawl that blends into the surroundings (which include Albany Park, Bexley, Lamorbey, Bladindon, Blendon, London, and Bexleyheath). It is the suburban area that is now the main town centre of the borough, rather than Old Bexley. Bexley's Old Heath between Welling and Crayford now contains the council's main administrative offices and council chamber as well as suburban housing. The High Street is 12.76 miles from Charing Cross.

History

Bexley was an ancient parish of Kent, in the Diocese of Rochester, and under the Local Government Act 1894 formed part of Bexley Urban District. The urban district gained further status in 1935 as a municipal borough. Kent County Council formed the second tier of local government during that time. In 1965, London County Council was abolished and replaced by Greater London Council, with an expanded administrative area that took in the metropolitan parts of the Home Counties. Bexley Municipal Borough, Erith Municipal Borough, Crayford Urban District Council and Chislehurst & Sidcup Urban District Council were merged (less areas of Chislehurst and Sidcup that became part of the new London Borough of Bromley) into a new London Borough of Bexley. Bexley is a town in South East (London sub region), England in the London Borough of Bexley. It is located on the banks of the River Cray south of the Roman Road, Watling Street and is near the border of Greater London with Kent. There are two parts to the town – Old Bexley, still with the appearance of a village (and often referred to locally as "Bexley Village"), and more recent suburban sprawl that blends into the surroundings (which include Albany Park, Bexley, Lamorbey, Bladindon, Blendon, London, and Bexleyheath). It is the suburban area that is now the main town centre of the borough, rather than Old Bexley. Bexley's Old Heath between Welling and Crayford now contains the council's main administrative offices and council chamber as well as suburban housing. The High Street is 12.76 miles from Charing Cross.

Education

:''For education in Bexley see the main London Borough of Bexley#Education article''

Local schools include Beths Grammar School – formerly the Bexley & Erith Technical High School, Hurst Primary School & Old Bexley C of E Primary School.

The following Schools have an 11+ selection test:
* Bexley Grammar School
* Beths Grammar School
* Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
* Townley Grammar School

Dance and Drama Schools:
* Liz Burville Performing Arts Centre
* All The Arts

* Bexley Community Library, Bourne Road Bexley is a town in South East (London sub region), England in the London Borough of Bexley. It is located on the banks of the River Cray south of the Roman Road, Watling Street and is near the border of Greater London with Kent. There are two parts to the town – Old Bexley, still with the appearance of a village (and often referred to locally as "Bexley Village"), and more recent suburban sprawl that blends into the surroundings (which include Albany Park, Bexley, Lamorbey, Bladindon, Blendon, London, and Bexleyheath). It is the suburban area that is now the main town centre of the borough, rather than Old Bexley. Bexley's Old Heath between Welling and Crayford now contains the council's main administrative offices and council chamber as well as suburban housing. The High Street is 12.76 miles from Charing Cross.

Sport and leisure

* Old Dartfordians' War Memorial clubhouse, Bourne Road (home to the DA5 Club)
* Bexley Cricket Club are based at Manor Way
* Burnt Ash (Bexley) Hockey Club are also based at Manor Way, and play their home matches here, at Hurstmere School or at Erith School. Bexley is a town in South East (London sub region), England in the London Borough of Bexley. It is located on the banks of the River Cray south of the Roman Road, Watling Street and is near the border of Greater London with Kent. There are two parts to the town – Old Bexley, still with the appearance of a village (and often referred to locally as "Bexley Village"), and more recent suburban sprawl that blends into the surroundings (which include Albany Park, Bexley, Lamorbey, Bladindon, Blendon, London, and Bexleyheath). It is the suburban area that is now the main town centre of the borough, rather than Old Bexley. Bexley's Old Heath between Welling and Crayford now contains the council's main administrative offices and council chamber as well as suburban housing. The High Street is 12.76 miles from Charing Cross.

Churches of interest

Historic
* St Mary the Virgin Church

Other churches
* Albany Park Baptist Church, Stansted Crescent
* St. John the Evangelist, Parkhill Road
* St John Fisher Roman Catholic Church, Thanet Road
* Strict Baptist Chapel, Bourne Road
* United Reformed Church, Hurst Road
* Our Lady of Angels Bexley is a town in South East (London sub region), England in the London Borough of Bexley. It is located on the banks of the River Cray south of the Roman Road, Watling Street and is near the border of Greater London with Kent. There are two parts to the town – Old Bexley, still with the appearance of a village (and often referred to locally as "Bexley Village"), and more recent suburban sprawl that blends into the surroundings (which include Albany Park, Bexley, Lamorbey, Bladindon, Blendon, London, and Bexleyheath). It is the suburban area that is now the main town centre of the borough, rather than Old Bexley. Bexley's Old Heath between Welling and Crayford now contains the council's main administrative offices and council chamber as well as suburban housing. The High Street is 12.76 miles from Charing Cross.

Transport and locale

Nearest places
* Albany Park
* Bexleyheath
* Joydens Wood
* Crayford
* Barnehurst
* Blackfen
* Wilmington, Kent
* Sidcup
* Erith
* Dartford

Rail
Bexley railway station is on the Sidcup line with trains going to Charing Cross railway station, Cannon Street station and Dartford railway station.

Nearest railway stations
* Bexley railway station
Serves stations between London (Charing Cross railway station, Waterloo railway station, Cannon Street railway station & London Bridge railway station) and Gillingham (Kent) railway station

Buses
* London Buses route 132 – Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and Greenwich Peninsula
* London Buses route 229 – Thamesmead town centre and Sidcup Queen Mary's Hospital
* London Buses route 269 – Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and Bromley North railway station
* London Buses route 492 – Sidcup railway station and Bluewater (shopping centre) Shopping Centre
* London Buses route B12 – Joydens Wood and Erith

Also two school routes pass through the village including:
* London Buses route 602 – Thamesmead town centre and townley grammar
* London Buses route 669 – Thamesmead town centre and Cleeve Park School in Albany Park, Bexley

Also a night route passes through the village:
* London Buses route N21 – Trafalgar Square and Bexleyheath Shopping Centre Bexley is a town in South East (London sub region), England in the London Borough of Bexley. It is located on the banks of the River Cray south of the Roman Road, Watling Street and is near the border of Greater London with Kent. There are two parts to the town – Old Bexley, still with the appearance of a village (and often referred to locally as "Bexley Village"), and more recent suburban sprawl that blends into the surroundings (which include Albany Park, Bexley, Lamorbey, Bladindon, Blendon, London, and Bexleyheath). It is the suburban area that is now the main town centre of the borough, rather than Old Bexley. Bexley's Old Heath between Welling and Crayford now contains the council's main administrative offices and council chamber as well as suburban housing. The High Street is 12.76 miles from Charing Cross.

References

Bexley is a town in South East (London sub region), England in the London Borough of Bexley. It is located on the banks of the River Cray south of the Roman Road, Watling Street and is near the border of Greater London with Kent. There are two parts to the town – Old Bexley, still with the appearance of a village (and often referred to locally as "Bexley Village"), and more recent suburban sprawl that blends into the surroundings (which include Albany Park, Bexley, Lamorbey, Bladindon, Blendon, London, and Bexleyheath). It is the suburban area that is now the main town centre of the borough, rather than Old Bexley. Bexley's Old Heath between Welling and Crayford now contains the council's main administrative offices and council chamber as well as suburban housing. The High Street is 12.76 miles from Charing Cross.

External links

* [http://www.bexley.gov.uk/visiting/history.html Bexley Council archives]
* [http://www.bexleyweb.co.uk/ Bexley communities websites]
* [http://www.bcvyo.org.uk/ Bexley Council for Voluntary Youth Organisations (BCVYO) website]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeptbffE5UI Finale of the opening night of the DA5 Club, 26th February 2010]




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