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Bexley is an area of South East Londonmarker in the London Borough of Bexleymarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker. It is located on the banks of the River Craymarker south of the Roman Road, Watling Streetmarker. There are two parts to the town - Old Bexley, still with the appearance of a village (and often referred to locally as "Bexley Village"), and more recent suburban sprawl that blends into the surroundings (which include Albany Parkmarker, Lamorbeymarker, Bladindon, Blendon, and Bexleyheathmarker). It is the suburban area that is now the main town centre of the borough, rather than Old Bexley. Bexley's Old Heath between Wellingmarker and Crayfordmarker now contains the council's main administrative offices and council chamber as well as suburban housing.

Landmarks

The main landmark in Bexley is the Anglican St. Mary's Church which gives its name to the London Borough of Bexley electoral ward containing the village. The church's most distinctive feature is probably the unusual spire which resembles an octagonal cone balanced precariously on top of a truncated pyramid.
The distinctive spire of St. Mary's Church


Architecture

Hall Placemarker is a former stately home, beside the River Cray on the Bourne Road out of Bexley towards Crayford. It lies to the north of Bexley at the foot of the road (Gravel Hill) up onto Bexley Heath (now covered in the modern day town of Bexleyheath). The house is unusual in that its two halves are built in highly contrasting architectural styles with little attempt at harmonizing them.

The house and grounds are now owned by the London Borough of Bexley, and are open to the public. The gardens include a topiary display of traditional heraldic figures. Three walking routes pass Hall Place, the local council-sponsored Shuttle River Way and Cray River Way and the Mayor of London's "London LOOP" walk, which, shortly after its start at Erithmarker, follows the Cray River Way from Crayfordmarker to Foots Craymarker.

Danson Housemarker and the surrounding Danson Parkmarker in Welling are two of the main popular attractions in the London Borough of Bexley.

One of London's finest architectural families in the 19th century came from Bexley: the Shaws. John Shaw (1776-1832) worked on Lamorbeymarker Park and was a well known architect in Kentmarker and London, being one of the first designers of semi-detached housing in the capital. He is buried at St. Mary's Church; his son, John Shaw Jr, lived in nearby Crayford for a short time and owned a villa which was demolished in the early 20th century.

History

Bexley was an ancient parish of Kentmarker, in the Diocese of Rochestermarker, and under the Local Government Act 1894 formed part of Bexley Urban Districtmarker. The urban district gained further status in 1935 as a municipal borough. Kent County Council formed the second tier of local government during that time. In 1965, London County Council was abolished and replaced by Greater London Council, with an expanded administrative area that took in the metropolitan parts of the Home Counties. Bexley Municipal Borough, Erith Municipal Borough, Crayford Urban District Council and Chislehurst & Sidcup Urban District Council were merged (less areas of Chislehurst and Sidcup that became part of the new London Borough of Bromley) into a new London Borough of Bexley (or Bexley London Borough, as the council likes to style itself).

Education

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


Local schools include Beths Grammar Schoolmarker - formerly the Bexley & Erith Technical High School, Hurst Primary School & Old Bexley C of E Primary School.

The following Schools have a 11+ selection test:
  • Bexley Grammar School
  • Beth's Grammar School
  • Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
  • Townley Grammar School for Girls


Amenities

  • Old Bexley Library, Bourne Road, Bexley


Places of Worship



Transport and locale

Nearest places



Rail

Bexley railway stationmarker is on the Sidcup line with trains going to Charing Crossmarker, Cannon Streetmarker and Dartfordmarker.

Nearest railway stations

Serves stations between London (Charing Crossmarker, Waterloomarker, Cannon Streetmarker & London Bridgemarker) and Gillinghammarker

Buses



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