A great number of Chislehurst residents have left their mark either in Chislehurst or elsewhere, and details are being added to this site.
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John Wakeling Baker - senior commander in the Royal Air Force
William Camden - antiquarian and historian, author of Britannia
Sir Malcolm Campbell - holder of the world land speed record and owner of Blue Bird
George Somers Leigh Clarke - local and national architect
Richmal Crompton - writer, best known for her Just William stories
Ronald Firbank - writer
Ivor Guest - Lawyer and Ballet Historian
Sir Robert Laidlaw - M.P., trader and philanthropist. He founded Whiteaway, Laidlaw and Co, called the Selfridges of India. He also owned tea and rubber plantations.
Sir John Lubbock - M.P., banker and naturalist. He introduced Bank Holidays in the UK!
Edward (E.J.) May - local and national architect
Louis Napoleon, the Prince Imperial - son of Napoleon III, lived here 1870 to 1879
Napoleon III - exiled Emperor of France (pictured right).
Sir Alfred Newton - Businessman, Lord Mayor of London, and first Chairman of Harrods.
Ernest Newton -local and national architect (Newton actually lived at Bickley, but designed many houses in Chislehurst)
Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden - Lord Chancellor, and Lord President of the Council, (illustrated right)
Grace and Peter Redpath - Residents of the Manor House, Chislehurst. Peter was a Canadian businessman and benefactor
Richard De Quincey - He and members of this family of International Traders lived in a number of different houses in Chislehurst
Sir Victor Shepheard - Naval architect and designer of HMS Britannia
Frederick Simms - engineer, inventor, and, a pioneer for motor cars
Siouxsie Sioux, (Susan Janet Ballion) - Leader of Siouxsie and the Banshees
Charles Spencelayh - Artist
Nathanial Strode - Owner of Camden Place and much else besides; friend of Napoleon III
Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney - Lord of the Manor of Chislehurst, politician and statesman; Home Secretary under William Pitt.
John Robert Townshend, Earl (and 3rd Viscount) Sydney - Lord of the Manor of Chislehurst and statesman; Lord Chamberlain, and Lord Steward of the Queen's Household.
Robert Marsham-Townshend and later Lords of the Manor of Chislehurst.
Alan Watts - Buddhist writer and a leading figure in the 1960s flower power movement
William Willett - Builder and Initiator of Daylight Saving
Sir Ted Willis - author and playwright
In addition, the lives of some residents of Kemnal Road in Chislehurst can be found here:
|Major John Lawrence Benthall (Holly Bowers)||Henry Bilbrough (Nizels)|
|Peter Harding (Woodheath Cottage)||Sir Gerald Berkeley Hurst KC (Hoblands)|
|Sir James Kemnal (Kemnal Manor)||Cyril Kinder (Hoblands)|
|Sir Archibald McDonald (Kemnal Manor)||Major Sir Philip Margetson MC (Meadowcroft)|
|Harold Molins (Mulbarton)||Sir Walter Murton CB (Meadowcroft)|
|Agnes Tiarks (Foxbury)||Henry Tiarks 1832-1911 (Foxbury)|
|Frank Tiarks OBE (Woodheath and Foxbury)||Henry Tiarks 1900-1995 (Woodheath and Foxbury)|
|Herman Tiarks (Foxbury)||The Tiarks family of Foxbury|
|Fryn Tennyson Jesse (Holly Bowers)||Charles Williams (Nizels)|