- West Wickham
infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
official_name= West Wickham
post_town= WEST WICKHAM
West Wickham is a place in the
London Borough of Bromley, England. It is 10.3 miles (16.6 km) south east of Charing Cross.
West Wickham boasts a rich history dating back to early settlements existing since
The High Street and Station Road, boasts a wealth of local retail outlets, pubs and restaurants. The restaurants offer a diverse range of cultural cuisines: Topolinos/Prima Donnas (Italian); The Blue Bengal (
Indian Food) to name but a few.
There are some famous pubs, including the recently refurbished 'The Railway' opposite West Wickham railway station and 'The Swan' located on the High Street.
The town appeared in the 2000 UK television series 'The 1940s House', with 17 Braemar Gardens taking the starring role as a family lived a
World War IIexperience in a typical Londonsuburb. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/main.jhtml?xml=/property/2000/12/30/tpfort30.xml&page=1] It was also mentioned in an episode of New Trickswhen the team have arranged to meet a pathologist and DAC Strickland tells them 'his lab is in West Wickham'.
West Wickham Swimming Pools offers excellent gym and swimming facilities and is run as a charitable trust. It also hosted a plaque containing the original bark of Stock Tree (a tree so called as it was behind the village
stocks) that once stood opposite 'The Swan' which was cut down owing to the requirement to build a new road. The plaque and bark now reside at West Wickham Library, on the High Street.
West Wickham is also home to
Beccehamians RFCa Rugby UnionClub founded in 1933 which plays competitive rugby in London South East 4 at Sparrows Den at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill. Other clubs nearby include Croydon RFC (formerly Shirley Wanderers).
West Wickham has a thriving range of social clubs for the over 50's as there is a significant proportion of the population in this age bracket. Examples would include Spring Park Social club that meets three times a month at St Marks Church Hall just off the high street.
Notable people from West Wickham
Enid Blytonthe writer
W. G. Gracethe sportsman
Rosie Hugginsthe singer
Michael Donovanvoice actor
Charlie Heatherdrummer in The Levellers
Adrian Wallerthe journalist and author
Oliver Jonesthe dubstepartist known as Skream
Joe Dunfordthe creator of Vaseline
Jonny BizzleSomething of a legend at winchester university
Michal Rzadkiewiczthe racing driver
West Wickham railway station
Hayes railway station
Eden Park railway station
Addington Village tram stop
* [http://www.west-wickham.co.uk For information on the history of West Wickham]
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