infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
constituency_westminster= Bexleyheath and Crayford
Bexleyheath, formerly known as "Bexley New Town", part of the
London Borough of Bexleyin South East London, consists of a suburban development located 12 miles (19.3 km) east-south-east of Charing Cross.
Shopping and leisure
The modern town area of today features a bingo-hall,
Cineworldcinema hotel, magistrates' court, reference library, six-a-side football centre and ten-pin bowlingalley (Ten Pin) among the more usual retail outlets provided to upgrade conditions for shoppers and to respond to the competition from the Bluewater Shopping Centrein nearby Greenhithe, Kent.
Regeneration work in 2007-08 on the Mall shopping centre increased its size slightly and gave the centre a more modern look.
As recently as 200 years ago, Bexley Heath comprised an area of scrub-land with few buildings (Bexley Heath windmill stood at the corner of Erith Road and Mayplace Road). The heath bordered
Watling Street, the ancient Roman road between Londonand Canterbury. In 1766 Sir John Boyd had Danson Housebuilt in parkland (now Danson Parkbetween Bexleyheath and Welling).
In 1814 the land to the north of
Bexleythat would become Bexleyheath became subject to an Enclosure Act. In 1859 architect Philip Webbdesigned Red House for the artist, reforming designer and socialist William Morrison the western edge of the heath, in the hamlet of Upton — before Upton became largely developed as a London suburb. Red House forms an early essay in a romantically-massed, non-historical, brick-and-tile domestic vernacular style; it has diverse windows and an extravagant stairway. The National Trust acquired the house in 2003.
parish church, Christ Church, dates from 1841; and the parish of Bexleyheath from 1866; the building of the current church finished in 1877.
Alfred Bean, railway-engineer and one-time owner of Danson House, furthered the development of Bexleyheath as a London suburb by championing the
Bexleyheath Linein the 1880s to support the growth of the estates around Danson Park. The clock-tower at the centre of the modern shopping area, built in 1912, commemorates the coronation of King George V.
In the late 1970s the
London Borough of Bexleybuilt its headquarters, the Civic Offices, in Bexleyheath.
Baroness Amosattended Townley Grammar School for Girls, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, where she became the first black deputy-Head Girl (Head Girl: Lesley Hodgkiss).
Steve Backley, javelin-champion, attended Hurst Primary School and then Beths Grammar School
Paul Beresford, Attended Graham Road School 1955-1960 Went to Australia '63 established restaurant business lives on rural property outside Hobart Tasmania called "Danson Park"
Jimmy Bullard, Premiership football player, currently at Fulham FC, attended Erith School
Kate Bush, the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter was born in Bexleyheath
Bernie Ecclestoneattended Bexleyheath School
Graham Kersey, Surrey county cricketer, also attended Beths Grammar School
Roger Moorepreviously lived in Bexleyheath, in Danson Road
Liam Ridgewell, Birmingham City F.C.footballer, born and raised in Bexleyheath
Delia Smith, television-chef, attended Bexleyheath School
* Linda Smith, stand-up comic and star of Radio 4 and BBC2, attended Bexleyheath School
Andy Townsend, professional footballer, attended Bexleyheath School
* Wolfgang Unkletunk,
James Bondvillan from Dr No
Places of worship
* Bethany Hall, Chapel Road, Bexleyheath
* [http://www.bexleyheathcommunitychurch.co.uk Bexleyheath Community Church] , Lyndhurst Chapel, Lyndhurst Road, Barnehurst, DA7 6DL
* Bexleyheath United Reformed Church, Geddes Place
* Christ Church (Church of England), Broadway
* Bexleyheath Methodist Church, Broadway
* Trinity Baptist Church, Broadway
* St John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, Heathfield Road
* St Peters (Church of England), Pickford Lane
* St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, Long Lane
* The Salvation Army, Lion Road
* Bexley Christian Life Centre (Pentecostal), Rowan Road
* Pantiles Methodist Church, Hurlingham Road
* Grace Baptist Church, Albion Road
Transport and locale
LewishamStation and Slade GreenStation
WoolwichShopping Centre and BluewaterShopping Centre
*132 - Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and Eltham Station
ThamesmeadTown Centre and SidcupQueen Mary's Hospital
*269 - Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and
*401 - Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and Thamesmead Town Centre
*422 - Bexleyheath Bus Garage and
*469 - Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and
Woolwich CommonQueen Elizabeth Hospital
*486 - Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and North Greenwich Station
SidcupStation and Bluewater Shopping Centre
*B11 - Bexleyheath Bus Garage and Thamesmead Town Centre
*B12 - Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and
*B13 - Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and
*B14 - Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and
Joydens Woodand Eltham Station
*B16 - Bexleyheath Bus Garage and
*N89 - Erith Town Centre and
Two railway stations serve Bexleyheath:
Bexleyheath Stationand Barnehurst Station, both located on the Bexleyheath line. Trains go to London Charing Crossor London Victoria to the west, and to Dartford to the east. Some trains in peak hours go to Slade Green Station.
Albany Park railway station
Barnehurst railway station
Bexley railway station
Bexleyheath railway station
Welling railway station
* [http://www.bexleyheath.towntalk.co.uk. Bexleyheath website]
* [http://www.bexleyheath.bexley.sch.uk Bexleyheath School]
* [http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/The_Red_House.html Red House - details]
* [http://www.rebs.demon.co.uk/ Red House - Bexley]
* [http://homepage.ntlworld.com/welling.website Welling]
* [http://www.bexleylife.co.uk Bexley Christian Life Centre Website]
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