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Sidcup: A Pictorial History John Mercer

Sidcup: A Pictorial History

John Mercer

Published January 1st 1994
ISBN : 9780850339079
Hardcover
128 pages
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About the book: Sidcup could be said to epitomise outer London suburbia. Yet Sidcup is a pleasant place in which to live. Despite the roads and houses and shops it is full trees and there are large parks and open spaces. Walking in chalk wood it isMoreAbout the book: Sidcup could be said to epitomise outer London suburbia. Yet Sidcup is a pleasant place in which to live. Despite the roads and houses and shops it is full trees and there are large parks and open spaces. Walking in chalk wood it is difficult to believe that the centre of London is barely 13 miles away. Beneath the spread of modern housing lie four ancient settlements and four great estates, whos outlines still affect the topography of Sidcup. The villages of North Cray & Foots Cray were there before the Norman conquest, while Halfway Street was a village in the middle ages. Sidcup itself was a mere hamlet at the top of the slope down to Cray, wher an inn and a smithy were established by 1700. The estates of Frognal, Foots Cray Place, Lamorbey and the Hollies all gace employment to many farm workers and servants- they also laid out parklands, some of whichhave been preserved to the present day. It was the coming of the railways in 1865 that turned Sidcup into a boom town. Large villas were built for prosperous commuters .....