Stop 23: Scadbury Park

Scadbury Manor
A building erected on the site, destroyed by fire in 1976
All that's left now - on ODAS open day*

The earliest references to Scadbury are in the 13th century when it was owned by the de Scathebury family. It was home to a succession of Lords of the Manor, including the Walsingham family from 1424 until about 1655.

Sir Edmund Walsingham became Lieutenant of the Tower of London and had custody of many of the prisoners of King Henry VIII, including Sir Thomas More and Anne Boleyn. Sir Francis Walsingham, Secretary of State under Queen Elizabeth I, may have been born here or at Foots Cray. Thomas Walsingham IV, his cousin, did live here, and was the patron of the poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe, who was arrested at Scadbury shortly before his mysterious death in 1593.

Later owners of Scadbury included Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney. Sydney in Australia is named after him. He did not live at Scadbury, however, having moved the family home to Frognal, across the A20 in what is now Sidcup.

Scadbury Park was purchased by the London Borough of Bromley in 1983 and is now a Local Nature Reserve. A circular trail through the pleasant woodland and open meadows is popular with walkers and joggers. The Park is maintained by volunteers, Friends of Scadbury.

The last building here was destroyed by fire in 1976. The foundations and the remains of the moat can be visited. Orpington and District Archaeological Society (ODAS) holds open days each year in September.
Return to Shepherds Green and turn right into Ashfield Lane

* Note: The image of the foundations of the old Manor was taken from the ODAS website.