Barnehurst

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Barnehurst
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Barnehurst Methodist Church
Barnehurst is located in Greater London
Barnehurst
Barnehurst
Barnehurst shown within Greater London
Population 10,418 (2011 Census. Ward)[1]
OS grid reference TQ505755
London borough
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BEXLEYHEATH
Postcode district DA7
Dialling code 01322
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
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EU Parliament London
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51°27′41″N 0°10′08″E / 51.4613°N 0.1690°E / 51.4613; 0.1690Coordinates: 51°27′41″N 0°10′08″E / 51.4613°N 0.1690°E / 51.4613; 0.1690
Barnehurst ward (green) within the London Borough of Bexley (yellow)

Barnehurst is a town and electoral ward in South East London within the London Borough of Bexley. It lies north east of Bexleyheath, and 13.0 miles (20 km) east south-east of Charing Cross. It is separated from North Bexleyheath by the A220, Erith Road.

History

The town came into being after the sale of land in 1881 to build the Bexleyheath loop line between Lewisham and Dartford.

Barnehurst's name originates from the name of the railway station, which was so-named after Colonel Barne, who owned a local property, May Place House (and was vice-chairman of the railway company).[2]

As in much of suburban London, Barnehurst railway station was opened to encourage building of houses. The Barnehurst Estate was built in 1926 and other building, mainly by W.H. Wedlock followed in the years after. A key landmark, just west of the station, is the Red Barn pub, a venue important to the survival of jazz in Britain immediately following the Second World War, largely due to the enthusiasm of pianist George Webb.

In 1920 the area became part of the Crayford Urban District of Kent. In 1965, under the London Government Act 1963, the urban district was abolished and its area transferred to Greater London to form part of the present-day London Borough of Bexley.[3]

Politics

Most of Barnehurst is in the Barnehurst ward of the London Borough of Bexley. Two elected councillors represent the ward on the borough council. The northernmost part of Barnehurst is in Colyers ward and part of one road, Eversley Avenue, lies within North End ward.

Education

For education in Barnehurst see the main London Borough of Bexley article

Sport and leisure

Barnehurst has a Non-League football club Phoenix Sports F.C., which plays at Phoenix Sports Ground.

Transport and locale

Nearest places

Rail

Barnehurst station serves the area, with National Rail services to London Victoria, London Charing Cross and Dartford.

Buses

Several bus routes serve the area, all provided by Transport for London. These connect Barnehurst with areas including Bexleyheath, Blackheath, Erith, Lewisham, Sidcup, Thamesmead, Welling and Woolwich.

Religious sites

  • Saint Martin's, The parish church of Barnehurst[4]
  • Barnehurst Methodist Church
  • Lyndhurst Chapel
  • Selah Independent Baptist Church

References

  1. ^ "Bexley Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Alan Godfrey Maps, commentary on Barnehurst map of 1897 accessed 27 June 2007
  3. ^ http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/relationships.jsp?u_id=10025746&c_id=10001043 Archived 11 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine. visionofbritian.org.uk
  4. ^ "St. Martin's, Barnehurst". The Church of England. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 

External links

  • History of Barnehurst
  • Bexley Local Studies Note 14 'Barnehurst' – a local history
  • Profile from Hidden London
  • Map of Crayford Urban District
  • Reference to the death of George Webb, jazzman, in 2010
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