Historical Chislehurst Images

Alms Houses

Built by sisters related to Canon Murray, Rector of St….

Annunciation Church

Built in 1870 as the population in Chislehurst rapidly grew.

Ashfield Lane

Old houses on an old country lane.

Bank Holiday Crowds

Chislehurst was a popular destination for Londoners on Bank Holidays.

Bickley Arms

At the bottom of Old Hill – the original main…

Bonfires on the Commons

Regular events on the Commons.

Bullers Wood

Originally a private house, then a specialist church music college,…

Bulls Head Hotel

The old coaching inn on Royal Parade.

Camden Park Corner

Now a busy traffic intersection between Camden Place and the…

Camden Place

Named after historian William Camden, it is better known as…

Centre Common Road

Now a busy traffic intersection and site of the War…

Chislehurst Caves

No druids here but lots of history, including being the…

Chislehurst Commons

Preserved and maintained by the Board of Trustees for Chislehurst…

Chislehurst Houses

Images of different houses across Chislehurst.

Chislehurst School for Girls

Originally the County Grammar School for Girls. Recently, Beaverwood School.

Christ Church

Situated in Lubbock Road overlooking the railway. Built in 1872.

Church Row

A historic row of architecturally charming houses overlooking the Commons….

Cooling’s Shop

The shop of the Cooling family of nurserymen and photographers,…


Once the home of Bowden, the builder of St. Mary’s…

Cricket Ground

Located on the Commons since 1822, courtesy of the Lord…

Crown Lane

A quiet and narrow Victorian street near St Mary’s Church.

Dabner’s Cottage

An old cottage on St. Paul’s Cray Common, long since…


Including the Bilborough home, Elmstead Grange, now Babington House.

Farringtons School

Independent School established by the Methodist community.

Fire Brigade

In the days when we had our own fire brigade.

Governess Institution

Built on the north side of Manor Park Road, now…

Great War Army

Chislehurst echoed to the sound of marching boots during the…

Great War Wounded

At least four grand houses became Red Cross hospitals to…


Col Edlmann used to sit on the lawn shooting pigeons…

High Street

See how it has changed over time.

Kemnal Road

Created in 1873 to connect Kemnal Manor with Chislehurst. The…

Lubbock Road

A road of Victorian housing developed by Nathaniel Strode on…

Manor House

Never owned or lived in by the Lord of the…

Manor Park

A private road with some large Victorian villas, named after…

Methodist Church

Unusual amongst Methodist churches – it has a magnificent spire.

Mill Place

A distinct community with its own church, police station and…


Various shots of Chislehurst life.

Overflow Pond

Now mostly dried out, this pond is just off what…

Prickend Pond

Created as a result of gravel extraction, this is not…

Prince Imperial Monument

Erected by the residents of Chislehurst after the Prince’s death.

Public Events

Many and varied before the days of TV and radio.

Queens Head

One of the oldest buildings in Chislehurst.

Ramblers Rest

Originally the Millers Arms, a watering hole for residents and…

Red Hill

A good view south over Chislehurst.

Royal Parade

Named after the French Imperial family in exile. Originally Village…

Rush Pond

Another gravel pit, this one is on Ashfield Lane.

School Classes

People don’t change much, but their school uniforms do.

Sports Events

Regular events on the Commons after the Great War.

St John’s Mission

The church with the shortest life in Chislehurst, in Mill…

St Mary’s Church

Roman Catholic Church on Hawkwood Lane, first resting place of…

St Nicholas Church

Chislehurst Parish Church with a rich heritage dating back to…

St Paul’s Cray Common

Separate from Chislehurst Commons but administered by the same Trustees.

Station at Chislehurst

The railway’s arrival here in 1865 created a building boom…

Summer Hill

Originally a private road, it is now the main road…

War Memorial

Erected in 1920, it bears the names of the fallen…

Water Tower

Demolished in 1963 to enable double-decker buses to take the…

Websters Pond

Another gravel pond which is now filled in and hidden…

Willett Memorial

In honour of the man who devised daylight saving. Situated…

Willow Grove

No longer the quiet road that linked Chislehurst with Elmstead,…

Winter in Chislehurst

The ponds regularly froze over in Victorian times. Snow was…

Woodlands 1914-1923

The Webster family and Woodlands, Ashfield, Lane from an album…