Letters from Normandy

Letters from Normandy

Sidcup & Foots Cray A History

Series: A History

Publication Date15th May 2013

Book FormatPaperback





The full-colour illustrated history of this south-east London suburb. The history of this Greater London area from a well-respected local author. Illustrated in full colour with over fifty images and maps.
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Foots Cray dates back to the Domesday Book, taking its name from the Saxon landowner and the River Cray. From it Sidcup grew, from a tiny hamlet into a residential suburb of south-east London, ultimately dwarfing Foots Cray. Foots Cray lay on the London to Maidstone road, which joined London to Dover. By the eighteenth century there were several stately homes, convenient country estates for politicians with London town houses; nobles like Earl Sydney, Lord Castlereagh and Lord Bexley. Footprints of their estates remain as parks. The coming of the railway in 1865 led to the further growth of Sidcup, a largely middle-class area linked to Chislehurst, and only separated from it by the creation of the London Borough of Bexley, which moved it into the new Borough, much to the aggravation of many residents. Pevsner called Sidcup the 'ultra montes' of Chislehurst. It is no longer. In this full-colour illustrated book, John Mercer explores the history of the area, as well as the main events and characters in its past.

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