Stop 27: Chislehurst High Street
Looking south on the High Street...
...and again today
This area of Chislehurst was originally called Prickend and later Chislehurst West. It is now the High Street, and may soon be renamed Chislehurst Village. It is separated from Royal Parade by the Commons, and presents a quite different character. The High Street runs from the junction with Prince Imperial Monument, past the junction with Willow Grove and up to Albany Road, where Red Hill starts. The section between the Willow Grove junction and Red Hill is strictly called Burlington Parade.
Apart from some obvious new buildings, the High Street is immediately recognisable from photographs taken a century ago, though the businesses carried out in the various shops have changed dramatically. The building of the Sainsburys store at this important location impacted the High Street when it was built in the late 1970s, both architecturally and economically, and continues to do so. See how the High Street has changed here...
The High Street is enhanced by its proximity to the commons and Prickend Pond, and with its tree-lined aspect it has a sense of a real village community, despite the impact of constant traffic.
It was on the High Street that omnibuses from the East End of London would stop on bank holidays, enabling people from inner London to spend time in the fresh air and relative openness of Chislehurst Commons.
|A new heritage trail for the High Street has been prepared. You can view it here...|
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It is not only the businesses that have changed in the High Street. The Police Station was a busy station until changes in policing and cuts in budgets resulted in the police station moving to a much less impressive building behind HSBC Bank.
The Old Police Station building is now in private hands, used as a restaurant, as is the Post Office further up the High Street. The upper floors have been converted into apartments.
The car park behind has been used as a location for Chislehurst's first Farmers Market