Stop 24: Ashfield Lane
Websters Cottages, facing the commons
Extended, but recognisable today
Ashfield lane skirts the northern edge of Chislehurst Commons, connecting Chislehurst High Street with the Sidcup Road.
Farrington Place, on the left, would orginally have been part of the buildings around Shepherds Green. It was rebuilt after a fire in the 1960s. Fallowfield, further on the left, is now a care home.
On the junction with Kemnal Road was Webster's Pond, now filled in. Arthur Battle recounts in his book Edwardian Chislehurst how he used to drive his horse into Webster's Pond to cool off during his delivery round. Further to the right was Woodlands, the home of the Webster family, and a group of cottages further west were originally called Webster's Cottages (in the photographs above).
Oak Cottage and Websters Cottages (see above) are the oldest houses on Ashfield Lane. The rural nature of Ashfield Lane was changed forever after developments in the 1950s when Marlowe Close, The Meadow, and, later, Roehampton Drive were developed, and other houses built opposite Rush Pond, which lies at the western end of Ashfield Lane. Ashfield Lane itself has become a cut-through for traffic from the Sidcup Road, and can be busy (and dangerously fast) especially at peak times.
Photo supplied by the current residents of Oak Cottage