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Shortlands is a ward of the London Borough of Bromleymarker, located less than a mile from Bromleymarker town centre. Historically, Shortlands was known as Clay Hill. It became known as Shortlands around 1800, after the fields which, at this point of the Ravensbourne river, ran at right angles up the slopes on either side. Suburban development began in 1863 with the sale of the Shortands House estate, making full advantage of the railway station opened in May 1858.

The village has good transport links to central London, mainly to London Blackfriars and London Victoria from Shortlands railway stationmarker.

Shortlands is most famous for Enid Blyton having lived there in the later stages of her life. Other famous residents have included the novelist Mrs Craik, for whom Norman Shaw built a house on Shortlands Road, Thomas Daniel and the electrical engineer Alexander Muirhead, credited with recording the first human electrocardiogram. George Grote, the eminent historian of Greece, was born here when it was known as Clay Hill. Lord Stamp of Shortlands, first Charter Mayor of Beckenham and Chairman of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway lived in Shortlands and died with his family when his house was bombed in 1940. Actor Brian Murphy lives in the village.

The main schools in Shortlands are Valley Primary Schoolmarker, Clare House Primary School and Bishop Challoner Schoolmarker. On top of Shortlands hill towards the Chinese Garagemarker is the Shortlands library, linked with other libraries of the Bromleymarker borough.

Situated near both Shortlands and Ravensbourne stations is the Shortlands Golf Club, formed in 1894. On the hill looking over the valley is Bromley Reform Synagogue. The river Ravensbourne runs beneath the heart of Shortlands and can be seen from the recreation ground nearby.

On the border of Shortlands and the London Borough of Lewishammarker is the Millwall FC training ground where the football team regularly train.

In Shortlands village you can also find a kebab house voted number one in London by the people living in Shorlands.


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