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Sidcup is a suburban development in the London Borough of Bexleymarker, South East London. Located south east of Charing Crossmarker, Sidcup is bordered by both the London Borough of Bromley and Kent County Council and whilst now part of Greater London, was once referred to as the gateway to Kent.

Much of Sidcup is typical 1930s suburbia, primarily owner occupied semi-detached and detached housing, but it retains many parks and open spaces hinting at the great estates and large homes which once stood in the area.

The town contains a major hospital, a recently opened sports and leisure centre, as well as two colleges (Bird Collegemarker and Rose Bruford College). The town centre has a mix of high street stores, independent shops, a modern library, coffee shops, snooker hall and several pubs. Sidcup contains a number of districts, some of them once villages in their own right - Blackfenmarker, Foots Craymarker, Longlandsmarker, and Lamorbeymarker.

History

The name is thought to be derived from Cetecopp meaning 'seat shaped or flat topped hill'; it has its earliest recorded use in 1254. Sidcup originated as a tiny hamlet on the road from London to Maidstone.

A number of manor houses (converted to other uses) remain. They include Frognal Housemarker, the birthplace and residence of Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney, after whom Sydney, Australiamarker was named (now converted for use as residential and nursing accommodation), Lamorbey House (now used by Rose Bruford College), Sidcup Place (now a Brewers Fayre bar and restaurant) and "The Hollies" (now converted for residential use).

Sidcup parish formed the Sidcup Urban District of Kent from 1908. It was initially known as Foots Cray; however, in 1921 the urban district, and in 1925 the parish, were renamed Sidcup. The parish and district were abolished in 1934 and combined with Chislehurstmarker to form the Chislehurst and Sidcupmarker civil parish and urban district. In 1965 the parish and urban district were abolished. Sidcup went on to form part of the London Borough of Bexley in Greater London and Chislehurst formed part of the London Borough of Bromleymarker.

Sidcup is mentioned in two famous plays and their film adaptations, Noël Coward's Relative Values and Harold Pinter's The Caretaker, and it was the location of the 2004 Dasani scandal.

It is also reputed that it was on the platform of Sidcup railway stationmarker that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first agreed to form a band, which later became the Rolling Stones. Other connections of Sidcup to the world of entertainment and show business include the Rose Bruford College of drama and Bird Collegemarker, both of which have many well known and famous alumni; regular large-scale concerts are given by Sidcup Symphony Orchestra, which also serves the wider London Borough of Bexley.

For many years, Sidcup had as its constituency (Old Bexley and Sidcupmarker) Member of Parliament, the Rt Hon. Sir Edward Heath, Prime Minister 1970-1974.

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Education

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


Local Primary Schools



Local Secondary Schools



Local Further & Higher Education Institutes



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Transport and locale

Nearby places

Nearby places often considered as part of Sidcup and having Sidcup as the "post town".

Other nearby places

Railway station

Sidcupmarker is on the London commuter rail network and is served by two lines operated by Southeastern: London Charing Crossmarker - Gravesendmarker and the London Cannon Streetmarker ring line.

References

  1. Mills, A., Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names, (2000)
  2. Vision of Britain - Foots Cray Urban District
  3. Vision of Britain - Foots Cray / Sidcup parish
  4. The platform where Mick And Keith agreed to from a band
  5. Sidcup Symphony Orchestra



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