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Chislehurst ( ) is a suburban settlement in south east Londonmarker, Englandmarker and an electoral ward of the London Borough of Bromleymarker.


The name "Chislehurst" is derived from the Saxon words "cisel" which means gravel and "hyrst" which means wooded hill.


Camden Place (now Chislehurst Golf Club) is where the French Emperor Napoleon III died in exile in 1873. His body and that of the Prince Imperial were buried originally in St Mary's Church, before they were removed to St Michael's Abbey, Farnboroughmarker. There is a memorial to Napoléon Eugène in the woods, and the area's connections with the imperial family are found in many road names and in the local telephone code, 467, which in its earlier format corresponded to the letters IMP (for imperial).

A local attraction is Chislehurst Cavesmarker. The caves are considered to be of very ancient origin. They were originally used to mine flint and chalk. During World War II, thousands of people used them nightly as an air raid shelter. There is even a chapel. One child was born in the caves during World War II, and was given a middle name of 'Cavina'. The caves have also been used as a venue for live music; Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Rolling Stones have all played there. The caves are reputedly haunted, and Druids are said to have made grisly human sacrifices in their depths. A number of television programmes and films, including episodes of Doctor Who, have been filmed there. Tours are available most days, and on Sundays there used to be an extended tour, lasting approximately one and a half hours, although this no longer takes place. Tours are normally on the hour. There is a licenced bar and cafe at the caves.

The Chislehurst civil parish formed an urban district of Kent from 1894 to 1934.Vision of Britain - Chilsehurst UD ( historic map) In 1934 it became part of the Chislehurst and Sidcup Urban Districtmarker,Vision of Britain - Chislehurst and Sidcup UD ( historic map) which was split in 1965 between the London boroughs of Bromleymarker and Bexleymarker.

Chislehurst is home to the Derwent Housemarker, designed by William Willett.

Chislehurst today

Chislehurst West may be found by going towards Mottinghammarker, and this area includes the biggest of the ponds, and the High Street, which has many pubs and restaurants. Chislehurst West was previously known as 'Pricking' and 'Prickend'.

Chislehurst is one of the starting points for the Green Chain Walkmarker, linking to places such as Crystal Palacemarker, Erithmarker, the Thames Barriermarker and Thamesmeadmarker.


Famous residents

Chislehurst Caves entrance

Places of Worship

  • St Patrick's Catholic Church, Redhill, Chislehurst
  • Christ Church, Lubbock Road
  • Elmstead Baptist Church, Elmstead Lane
  • Chislehurst Methodist Church
  • The Annuncation, High Street, Chislehurst
  • St. Nicholas, Church Lane, Chislehurst
  • Darul Uloom Mosque and School

Transport and locale

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  1. The baby was christened Rose Cavena Wakeman according to the official guides. Birth records show that a baby called Rose L C Wakeman was born in Chislehurst in 1946, which is consistent with the story.
  2. East Kent IT Solutions Web Server
  3. Elmstead Baptist Church, Chislehurst
  4. Chislehurst
  5. Chislehurst, Chislehurst: The Annunciation Church - Kent | Diocese of Rochester
  6. Chislehurst, Chislehurst: St Nicholas Church - Kent | Diocese of Rochester

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