Stop 1: Chislehurst Railway Station

Chislehurst Station
Then...
...and now

The present stylish station buildings date from 1868, though some parts are more recent. An earlier station had been opened in 1865, 600 yards further down the road by Old Hill.

The arrival of the railway in Chislehurst nicely anticipated the increase in interest in the village that followed the arrival of Emperor Napoleon III and his family in 1870 after his defeat at Sedan and exile from France. Merchants and professionals were attracted to this interesting village and could more easily commute from here, and as a result, new roads of large houses were built to accomodate them.

It is interesting that both Orpington and Sevenoaks stations, built at the same time as Chislehurst's, were relatively cheap clapboard structures; Chislehurst's superior brick building reflected the clientele it was expected to receive, given the growing number of large properties in the area.

The buildings to the south of the main station building are worth a look. The small chalet building was once occupied by a coal merchant.
For more on the building of the railway line to Chislehurst and the station buildings, look here...
Turn right out of the station and left up the hill towards Chislehurst. (Bus routes 162 and 269 can help you up the hill, which is quite steep).