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Coordinates: 51°24′54″N 0°04′44″E / 51.4150°N 0.0789°E / 51.4150; 0.0789

Chislehurst
Chislehurst is located in Greater London
Chislehurst

 Chislehurst shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ445705
London borough Bromley
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHISLEHURST
Postcode district BR7
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Bromley & Chislehurst
London Assembly Bexley and Bromley
List of places: UK • England • London

Chislehurst (pronounced /ˈtʃɪzəlhɜrst/) is a suburban settlement in south east London, England and an electoral ward of the London Borough of Bromley.

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Toponymy

The name "Chislehurst" is derived from the Saxon words "cisel" which means gravel and "hyrst" which means wooded hill.

History

Camden Place (now Chislehurst Golf Club) is where the French Emperor Napoleon III died in exile in 1873. His body and that of the Prince Imperial were buried originally in St Mary's Church, before they were removed to St Michael's Abbey, Farnborough. There is a memorial to Napoléon Eugène in the woods, and the area's connections with the imperial family are found in many road names and in the local telephone code, 467, which in its earlier format corresponded to the letters IMP (for imperial).

A local attraction is Chislehurst Caves. The caves are considered to be of very ancient origin. They were originally used to mine flint and chalk. During World War II, thousands of people used them nightly as an air raid shelter. There is even a chapel. One child was born in the caves during World War II, and was given a middle name of 'Cavina'.[1] The caves have also been used as a venue for live music; Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Rolling Stones have all played there. The caves are reputedly haunted, and Druids are said to have made grisly human sacrifices in their depths. A number of television programmes and films, including episodes of Doctor Who, have been filmed there. Tours are available most days, and on Sundays there used to be an extended tour, lasting approximately one and a half hours, although this no longer takes place. Tours are normally on the hour. There is a licenced bar and cafe at the caves.

The Chislehurst civil parish formed an urban district of Kent from 1894 to 1934.[2] In 1934 it became part of the Chislehurst and Sidcup Urban District,[3] which was split in 1965 between the London boroughs of Bromley and Bexley.

Chislehurst is home to the Derwent House, designed by William Willett.

Chislehurst today

Chislehurst West may be found by going towards Mottingham, and this area includes the biggest of the ponds, and the High Street, which has many pubs and restaurants. Chislehurst West was previously known as 'Pricking' and 'Prickend'.

Chislehurst is one of the starting points for the Green Chain Walk, linking to places such as Crystal Palace, Erith, the Thames Barrier and Thamesmead.

Education

Famous residents

Chislehurst Caves entrance

Places of worship

  • St Patrick's Catholic Church, Redhill, Chislehurst
  • Christ Church, Lubbock Road[4]
  • Elmstead Baptist Church, Elmstead Lane[5]
  • Chislehurst Methodist Church[6]
  • The Annuncation, High Street, Chislehurst[7]
  • St. Nicholas, Church Lane, Chislehurst[8]
  • Darul Uloom Mosque and School

Transport and locale

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Nearest places

Nearest railway stations

References

  1. ^ The baby was christened Rose Cavena Wakeman according to the official guides. Birth records show that a baby called Rose L C Wakeman was born in Chislehurst in 1946, which is consistent with the story.
  2. ^ Vision of Britain - Chilsehurst UD (historic map)
  3. ^ Vision of Britain - Chislehurst and Sidcup UD (historic map)
  4. ^ East Kent IT Solutions Web Server
  5. ^ Elmstead Baptist Church, Chislehurst
  6. ^ Chislehurst
  7. ^ Chislehurst, Chislehurst: The Annunciation Church - Kent | Diocese of Rochester
  8. ^ Chislehurst, Chislehurst: St Nicholas Church - Kent | Diocese of Rochester

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

CHISLEHURST, an urban district in the Sevenoaks parliamentary division of Kent, England, 114 m. S.E. of London, by the South-Eastern & Chatham railway. Pop. (1901) 7429. It is situated 300 ft. above sea-level, on a common of furze and heather in the midst of picturesque country. The church of St Nicholas (Perpendicular with Early English portions, but much restored) has a tomb of the Walsingham family, who had a lease of the manor from Elizabeth; Sir Francis Walsingham, the statesman, being born here in 1536. Another statesman of the same age, Sir Nicholas Bacon, was born here in 1510. Near the church is an ancient cockpit. The mortuary chapel attached to the Roman Catholic church of St Mary was built to receive the body of Napoleon III., who died at Camden Place in 1873; and that of his son was brought hither in 1879. Both were afterwards removed to the memorial chapel at Farnborough in Hampshire. Camden Place was built by William Camden, the antiquary, in 1609, and in 1765 gave the title of Baron Camden to Lord Chancellor Pratt. The house was the residence not only of Napoleon III., but of the empress Eugenie and of the prince imperial, who is commemorated by a memorial cross on Chislehurst Common. The house and grounds are now occupied by a golf club. There are many villa residences in the neighbourhood of Chislehurst.


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