Summary of interesting dates in
Old Beckenham.

 New Police Station built on Church Hill (Opened by C. Lea Wilson)

Trees on Church Hill removed for development. 'The Pound' - foot of Church Hill  removed.First Edition of T.W. Thornton's 'Beckenham Directory'.

Beckenham Junction Station re-built.
Bertie Almshouses 31/33, Bromley Road, built.House in Wickham Road (from 44 upwards) built.

Croydon Road and Alexander Recreation Grounds opened.

Catford Loop Line developed.

Beckenham Urban District Council formed.
Houses in Oakwood Avenue started.

Love Lane' (Burnhill Road to Wickham Road) closed.'Clock House' demolished.

Toll Gate - Hardings Lane - demolished.

Electric Lighting inaugurated. G.P.O. built in Albemarle Road.Further development of houses in Oakwood Avenue. 'Elm Cottage (High Street) used for Volunteer Corps.

Beckenham Road Baths opened.

Parish Church Tower completed.

New Beckenham Station built.

St. Hilda's Home (Crescent Road) built.
 First "Aerial Post".

Churchfields Recreation Ground opened

Park langley Golf Club formed-Houses built in Queen's Road. (£450 each!!)

Langley Mansion burnt down.



'The Pavilion' Cinema in High Street opened.

Girls County School in Lennard Road opened. Now called Cator Park School for Girls

'Village Place' in High Street demolished.
 Elmers End Housing Estate built.

'Kelsey Mansion' demolished.'Langley Court' taken over by Wellcome Foundation Laboratories

Houses in Bromley Road (No's. 144-184) built.

Houses in The Drive (down to the stream) built.

Gazebo removed from Church Hill to Mr. Thornton's garden. Further development of Elmers End Estate and Upper Elmers End Road. Shortlands Housing Estate developed.

Old Rectory demolished for erection of Town Hall.
Girls' County School enlarged.
Shops in High Street (old Nos-06 etc.) demolished.
 Houses at top end of St. James's Avenue built.

Beckenham Place Park purchased by the L.C.C.
Houses in Bromley Road (Nos.51-65) built.
Houses in Scotts Lane built.

Park Langley Garage built.

'The Regal' Cinema opened.Block of shops Woolworth's etc. built. Also Shops at College Parade, Eimers End, and Croydon Parade. Beckenham Heights Estate developed

Work started on Town Hall. Beckenham and Penge Grammar School for Boys built.

Town Hall opened by H.R.H. The Duke of Kent.

St. John's Church, Eden Park, built. Development of The Mead, Beckenham, Downsbridge Road and Coney Hall Estate.




0 # Mal Mitchell 2018-12-16 16:05
A timeline is a great idea but needs expanding. Any chance of getting edits into it?
e.g.(just few of those possible)
1345 The Lay Subsidy Roll lists names of taxpayers in Beckenham, some appear in history such as Brun or Bruin, Langele and others suggest place names ie Stomeshulle for Stumpshill and Cleyhurst for Clay Hill.
1623 A map of Beckenham Manor shows it is divided between Henry Snellyer and John Dalston as a result of 2 earlier heiresses marrying while owning the two halves.
1659 Thomas Philipott records that Lady Christian Leigh widow of Sir Francis Leigh is in occupation of Langley Park.
1723 Amy Raymond marries Peter Burrell (the second of four Peter Burrells in Beckenham). She is a daughter of Hugh Raymond who will become a local landlord.
1732 Hugh Raymond buys Langley and Simpsons Place in Bromley.
1737 Jones Raymond inherits Langley
1749/51 Frederick St.John, Viscount St.John and Viscount Bolingbroke inherits the Manor of Beckenham from his father John, and title Bolingbroke from his Uncle
1756 Peter Burrell of Langley dies and Amy his widow inherits his properties.
1760 is the date of John Cator building a house on Stumpshill according to his father in law Peter Collinson and the date of Cator purchasing land around Beckenham from the heirs of the Tolson/Tilly family

PS 1792/93 is the date Burrell Lord Gwydyr exchanges land with Cator. Foxgrove Manor had been divided but all came together again under John Cator in this year.
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0 # Mal Mitchell 2019-10-24 14:02
Subsequent to timeline additions suggested, several maps have resurfaced who's dates allow for analysis of land ownership changes, along with documents researched at several archives.
1723 to 1735 two maps drawn up for the Burrells showing lands from Elmers End in the west through Kelsey to Woolseys Farm(Shortlands House) in the east. Also a
1735 map is drawn of Langley but only exists as a copy drawn for the Goodharts but the fair copy shows landowners of the early 1700's Tolsons/Tillys. In
1766 a map of Foxgrove Manor showing land divided between Jones Raymond, John Cator and Frederick St. John subsequent to the division of Foxgrove Manor by Mary Tilly's will. An undated map of circa
1740 of the south part of Langley Park under Jones Raymond after Hugh Raymonds death.
1768 the copy of a 1623 Beckenham Manor map is produced showing lands in and around Beckenham as well as through Penge to Rockhills at what is now Crystal Palace.
1776 a second map drawn of Foxgrove Manor though covering a smaller area than the former.
1809 a map of the Burrell estates under Peter Burrell IV Baron Gwydir showing their lands south of Beckenham after exchanges with John Cator in 1793. In
1833 a map of the Cator estates under John Barwell Cator, John Cator's main beneficiary showing land mainly north of Beckenham and from Sydenham and Penge to Southend, Lewisham. A subsequent Cator estate map drawn in
1860's but updated to 1890's still showing Beckenham as predominantly rural.
From wills, birth and death records we can trace sevaral land ownership changes from the mid 1600's
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0 # Irene Woodhead 2020-09-29 17:44
I was born at Mount Pleasant 70 years ago which I think was off Stanmore Terrace (off Kelsey Park Road). It was an opening leading to a terrace of cottages and gardens with a path as a right of Way connecting the row of cottages. It seems to have disappeared according to Google maps, so I wonder if anyone can remember the area and what happened to it. I’d be grateful for a reply as I am tracing my first steps! Many thanks ?
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