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Kidbrooke is an area within the
London Borough of Greenwich. It takes its name from the "Kyd Brook", a watercourse which runs from Orpingtonto Lewisham, by which point it is part of the River Quaggy. It is a tributary to the River Ravensbourne.
The area contains a large amount of 1920s and 1930s domestic housing, developed partly as the "Kidbrooke Park Estate", between Shooters Hill and Rochester Way.
Kidbrooke is also home to the
Ferrier Estate, one of the largest and most deprived council housing developments in London. The housing estate is due to be redeveloped, and consultations with residents are on-going. [ [http://www.jacobcarter.co.uk/Ferrier%20Estate%20Project%202.htm Carter, Jacob: The Ferrier Estate (website)] ]
Immediately south of the Ferrier Estate is a park which includes a lake, acting as a flood defence, and created by partly releasing the Kyd Brook from concrete conduits underground in which it had run until 2006.
Rochester Way, a road which was built along much of the course of the old country lane Kidbrooke Lane, was intended as a bypass for Shooters Hill to the north. Rochester Way has itself now been bypassed by a dual carriageway – part of the A2 road – built in the 1980s over most of Kidbrooke Green. A small remaining piece of this open land, alongside the road, is now Kidbrooke Green Park, and adjacent to that, a small
nature reservemanaged by Greenwich Council. The nature reserve is visible, but not open to the public.
Some of the land encroached on by the dual carriageway, adjacent to the railway line serving
Kidbrooke railway station, was formerly a Royal Air Forceequipment store. Some of the buildings remain, beyond the houses of Nelson Mandela Way, but the site is now little used. [ [http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alan-turnbull/secret4.htm Secret Bases] ] The nearby Thomas Tallis Schoolis built on the former site of an RAF aerodrome, formerly the a barrage ballooncentre. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/06/a8175206.shtml BBC "People's War"] ] (There are several other military facilities in the general vicinity, which is also close to a surviving base in Woolwich, long home to the Royal Artilleryand now to other parts of the British Army.)
The A2 road gives the area rapid access to the
London Inner Ring Road, the South Circular Road, Londonand the M25 London Orbital Motorway.
The area falls within
Transport for London's "Zone 3".
Nearest railway stations:
Blackheath railway station
Eltham railway station
Kidbrooke railway station
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* Wingfield School
* Kidbrooke Park
Kidbrooke School— opened in 1954; the first purpose-built comprehensive schoolin Britain
Thomas Tallis School— opened in 1971
Famous residents have included comedian
Jim Davidson, who grew up in Holburne Road; interior designer Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen, who lived in a bungalow on Kidbrooke Park Road until 2004; and singer Sandie Shaw. [ [http://www.yell.com/find/DoFindLocations/lo/uk+London+Kidbrooke Yell » Kidbrooke, UK ] ]
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