infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
postcode_district= DA14, DA15
constituency_westminster= Old Bexley & Sidcup
Sidcup is a suburban development in the
London Borough of Bexley, South East London. Located convert|11.3|mi|km|1 south east of Charing Cross.
Much of Sidcup is typical 1930s suburbia but it retains many parks and open spaces hinting at the great estates and large homes which once stood in the area.
The town contains a major hospital and two colleges. The town centre has a mix of high street stores, independent shops, a modern library, an internet café and several pubs. Sidcup is contiguous with
Blackfen, Eltham, Foots Cray, Longlands, and Lamorbey.
The name is thought to be derived from "Cetecopp" meaning 'seat shaped or flat topped hill'; it has its earliest recorded use in 1254. [Mills, A., "Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names", (2000)] Sidcup originated as a tiny hamlet on the road from London to Maidstone.
A number of manor houses (converted to others uses) remain. They include Frognal House (now converted for use as sheltered accommodation), Lamorbey House (now used by the Rose Bruford College), Sidcup Place (now a Brewers Fayre bar and restaurant) and "The Hollies" (now converted for residential use).
Sidcup parish formed the Sidcup Urban District of Kent from 1908. It was initially known as Foots Cray; however, in 1921 the urban district, [ [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/relationships.jsp?u_id=10054977 Vision of Britain] - Foots Cray Urban District] and in 1925 the parish, [ [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/relationships.jsp?u_id=10193382 Vision of Britain] - Foots Cray / Sidcup parish] was renamed Sidcup. The parish and district were abolished in 1934 and combined with
Chislehurstto form the Chislehurst and Sidcup civil parish and urban district. In 1965 the parish and urban district were abolished. Sidcup went on to form part of the London Borough of Bexley in Greater London and Chislehurst formed part of the London Borough of Bromley.
Sidcup is mentioned in Noel Coward's comedic play 'Relative Values,
Harold Pinter's " The Caretaker" and was the location of the 2004 Dasaniscandal.
It is also reputed that it was on the platform of
Sidcup railway stationthat Mick Jaggerand Keith Richardsfirst agreed to form a band, which later became the Rolling Stones. Other showbiz connections in Sidcup include the Rose Bruford Collegeof drama and the Bird College of Dance & Theatre Performance, both of which have many well known and famous alumni; regular large-scale concerts are given by Sidcup Symphony Orchestra [ [http://www.sidcupsymphony.org.uk Sidcup Symphony Orchestra] ] , which also serves the wider London Borough of Bexley.
For many years, Sidcup had as its constituency (
Old Bexley and Sidcup) Member of Parliament, the Rt Hon. Sir Edward Heath, Prime Minister 1970-1974.
Associated notable people
Michele Austin- Actress. Schooled in Sidcup.
Steve Backley- Olympic sportsman. Born in Sidcup.
Doreen Bird- Dance teacher. Lived in Sidcup and established college.
Quentin Blake- Illustrator/Artist. Born in Sidcup.
Ben Chorley- Footballer. Born in Sidcup.
Ian Davenport- Artist. Born in Sidcup.
* Martin Evans - Musician, former drummer of American Indie Pop band
Milton and the Devils Party. Born and raised in Sidcup.
Steve Hillier- Musician. Schooled in Sidcup.
* John Paul Jones - Bass guitarist
Led Zeppelin. Born in Sidcup.
Rob Knox- Actor, murdered in Sidcup.
Ivan Magill- Innovative anaesthetist. Worked in Sidcup.
Clive Mendonca- Footballer for Charlton Athletic. Lived in Sidcup
Lee Murray- Former kickboxer and mixed martial arts champion, wanted for Securitas depot robbery. Born in Sidcup.
Emma Noble- Glamour model. Born in Sidcup.
Mike Rann- Australian politician, South Australian State Premier. Born in Sidcup.
* John Regis - Olympic athlete. Lived in Sidcup.
Wayne Routledge- Footballer. Born in Sidcup.
Ethel Smyth- Composer and Suffragette. Born in Sidcup.
Jim Staples- International Rugby Union captain, educated in Sidcup.
Viscount Sydney- Frognal House, Sidcup was the birthplace and home of Thomas Townshend, first Viscount Sydney, after whom Sydney, Australia was named.
Dick Taylor- Founder Member of The Pretty Thingsand early bass guitarist in the Rolling Stones. Schooled in Sidcup.
Gordon Watson- Former Sheffield Wednesdayfootballer was born in Sidcup.
Elizabeth Wiskemann- Journalist. Born in Sidcup.
* Doug Wright - Cricketer. Born in Sidcup.
Sarah Louise Young- former pornographic actress, born in Sidcup.
:"For education in Sidcup see the main London Borough of Bexley article"
Local Primary Schools
*Benedict House Primary School (Private)
* [http://www.bexley.gov.uk/service/schools/primary/birkbeck.html Birkbeck Primary School]
* [http://www.bexley.gov.uk/service/schools/primary/burntoak.html Burnt Oak Junior School]
* [http://www.dayslane.bexley.sch.uk Days Lane Primary School]
* [http://www.hurst.bexley.sch.uk Hurst Primary School]
* [http://www.bexley.gov.uk/service/schools/primary/longlands.html Longlands Primary School]
* [http://www.mertoncourt.kent.sch.uk Merton Court Preparatory School (Private)]
* [http://www.westlodge.org.uk/ West Lodge Primary School (Private)]
Local Secondary Schools
Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
* [http://www.bexley.gov.uk/service/schools/secondary/cleevepark.html Cleve Park School]
* [http://www.bexley.gov.uk/service/schools/secondary/hurstmeresports.html Hurstmere School]
Local Further & Higher Education Institutes
Bird College of Dance & Theatre Performance
Rose Bruford College
Places of Worship
* [http://www.allsaintsandstjames.org.uk All Saints Church, Rectory Lane]
* [http://www.christchurchsidcup.org.uk Christ Church, Main Road]
* [http://www.chislehurstmethodistcircuit.co.uk Emmanuel Church, Hadlow Road]
* [http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jerry.diccox/footscray/foots_home.htm Footscray Baptist Church, Sidcup Hill]
* [http://www.holytrinitylamorbey.org Holy Trinity Church, Hurst Road]
* [http://www.newcommunitychurch.org.uk New Community Church, Station Road]
* [http://www.newgen.org.uk New Generation Church, Acorn Centre, Birkbeck Road]
* [http://www.stjohnchurch.co.uk St John's Church, Church Road]
* [http://www.rc.net/uk/southwark/stlawrence St Lawrence's Church, Hamilton Road]
* [http://www.sidcupbaptistchurch.org.uk Sidcup Baptist Church, Main Road]
Transport and locale
Nearby places often considered as part of Sidcup and having Sidcup as the "
Other nearby places
St Paul's Cray
Nearby railway stations and buses
Sidcupstation, there are two Southeastern commuter raillines that connect with London. One of them links Charing Crosswith Gravesend, and the other one is a ring line, terminating at Cannon Street
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