Beckenham History

Family History.


Those of you looking for burial details of St George’s Beckenham please send us the name of the record you are looking for and we will see if we have it listed. This is not to be confused with the records of the grave stones. These are the thousands who were buried in the church yard without a stone.


We have recently found some old images of various members of the Chalk family who had some shops in Beckenham High Street. The shops were named Vernon. B. Chalk. If anyone is looking for the history of the Chalk family please get in touch.

Another rescued item is The Queen’s 100 Birthday telegram to Robert Webb. If you are a relative get in touch. If you have anything related to Beckenham or the areas covered on this site that you would like to share-please get in touch with me.

We will try to help with as much as we can so do not hesitate to contact us. For those looking for more information on family history we advise you to contact Bromley Central Library 020 8460 9955.

14 Responses

  1. Iwas born on 1st Jan 1938 at 80 Croydon Rd, Beckenham which was a maternity unit back in those days. Thirteen years later, when I was 13 yrs old, having passed the 13plus exam, I was excepted into the art section of Beckenham Technical School. My first year there was spent in the very room I was born in at 80 Croydon Rd which was now an annexe of the main school situated on Beckenham Rd. This is the red brick building near The Spa which in those days was Beckenham Swimming Baths. My art tutor was Owen Frampton who was later to tutor his own son Peter Frampton ( Humble Pie) and his good friend David Jones (David Bowie)

  2. Before it was stone Park maternity hospital. I believe it was called beckenham and Penge maternity hosoital. When was that built.

  3. Thank you so much for the information and pictures shown here ( particularly Birkbeck ) as I was born in Piquet Road and went to school in Penge / Beckenham. These pictures bring back so many memories.

  4. Your article is so nice and interesting. I like it so much because its very helpful and informative for me. I love cricket and i also playing cricket. Thanks for nicely sharing.

  5. The blogs are really informative and ready source of knowledge for anyone who is really searching for something new to them.

  6. My grandfather John (or James) Milliken was born in Pennsylvainia in the late 1800s. Any information about this Parish will be most welcomed.

  7. Born 1946 Maternity hospital ,stone park avenue. Lived with parents and brother Keith Bushey Way and Kenwood Drive,park Langley until being packed off to boarding school in 1960
    First school Bromley road (is it still there)and then Barnhill(pickhurst rise demolished about mid sixties)
    Although parents divorced my early years in Beckenham were fantastic. Loved it!

  8. Hello Pat. Thank you for the information, I am grateful and I will look into it. Thank you again. Jan

  9. Two ways. Ask the Bromley library to look up The Laurels in one of the Directories that contains the house names nearest to 1911. Use the 1911 census to find the properties next door. I used the 1916 Kelly’s Directory that I have on my computer and I found a house called The Laurels on Elmers End Rd between Ancaster and Gwydor Rds. These are near the station and some of the older houses are still there.
    Hope this is of some use.

  10. Good morning. I’m trying to trace a house in Elmers End Road Beckenham that had a lord Haldon living in it in 1911. Family surname Palk. My grandmother and 3 of her sons also lived there as servants. I’m wondering if the Laurels is still standing and exactly whereabouts it is situated if it is. Thank you for all your help. Jan Buckett

  11. Hello,
    I am trying to get in touch with a Gosling family who may be living in Beckenham. Henry Gosling lived in Upper Norwood and died on 14th December 1979. The death was registered by his son Leslie who lived at 130 Churchfields Road, Beckenham. He sadly also died in 1994. I have not been able to trace a living relative so far. The reason is the Henry’s sister, Edith Mary Ann Gosling was my grandmother so we are related. Henry also took over the Scott family bot & shoe repair business in the 1930’s (I think). Thanks.

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