Stop 12: Hawkwood Lane
Hawkwood House demolished in 1960
The new house
This short lane is one of the oldest in Chislehurst. Starting by the Tiger's Head, and travelling south, one can see the old fire station on the left, now the depot for the Trustees of Chislehurst and St Pauls Cray Commons, and a fine terrace of clap-boarded cottages on the left. On the corner of Morley Road there are three cottages designed by Sir Ernest George, amongst the earliest Arts and Crafts buildings in Chislehurst. Here Hawkwood Lane skirts the southern-most portion of Chislehurst Commons.
At the junction with Crown Lane, the charming village church of St Mary's (the subject of our next stop) faces Coopers School which now occupies the site of the old Coopers' Estate; the old 18th century house has recently been restored, but access to the east side is not possible without arrangement with the School (see old image right). At the end of the lane Hawkwood House and its sister, Hawks Wing, replaced the old Hawkwood House, and the outbuildings are now converted into separate residences.
If you have the time, walk down Botany Bay Lane, to the left of Hawkwood. After walking for two or three minutes, there is a wonderful view southwards across the open land towards Petts Wood and Orpington, and further down you will see Goodlands Cottage and eventually reach Kyd Brook. See image below.
|Crown Lane is a lovely old village lane, with a fine group of terraced cottages|
|Enter the churchyard of St Mary's Church|
Botany Bay Lane, with Goodlands Cottage