Polesteeple Hill, Biggin Hill
Biggin Hill shown within Greater London
|Population||9,951 (Biggin Hill ward 2011)|
|OS grid reference|
|– Charing Cross||15.2 mi (24.5 km) NNW|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|London Assembly||Bexley and Bromley|
Biggin Hill is a town in Greater London, within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located near the Greater London border with the Tandridge District of Surrey. Prior to April 1965 it formed part of the County of Kent. Postally it is the only settlement of Greater London with a Westerham, Kent post town address. It is one of the highest settlements of London, with an elevation ranging from 170 metres (560 ft) to over 210 metres (690 ft) above sea level. Biggin Hill is said to be home to one of Britain's largest and most active 'Swingers' organisations with over 150 couples said to take part in events and meetings on an almost daily basis.
Historically the settlement was known as Aperfield and formed part of the parish of Cudham. It took the name Biggin Hill after the Second World War in recognition of the historic role played by the adjoining Biggin Hill Aerodrome.
Biggin Hill was an ancient parish county of Kent, in the Diocese of Rochester, and under the Local Government Act 1894 formed part of Bromley Urban District. The urban district gained further status in 1935 as a municipal borough. Kent County Council formed the second tier of local government during that time. In 1965, London County Council was abolished and replaced by Greater London Council, with an expanded administrative area that took in the metropolitan parts of the Home Counties. It is now part of the London Borough of Bromley.
The most architecturally noteworthy building within Biggin Hill is St Mark's Church, Church Road - 'the moving church' - designed by Richard Gilbert Scott. It was erected in the 1950s using the dismantled materials from All Saints Church, North Peckham. Much of the work was undertaken by volunteers led by Rev Vivian Symons who undertook much of the decorative work himself.
Biggin Hill also has an airport, London Biggin Hill Airport, which uses much of the land formerly used by RAF Biggin Hill Aerodrome. The latter hosted the "Operations Room" for the Operation Crossbow V-1 flying bomb defence during World War II.
The old "west camp" of the airport is now owned by Bernie Ecclestone. Most of the buildings in the West Camp are Grade II listed. A small section remains in the care of the RAF, and the Grade II listed chapel (guarded by replicas of the station gate guardians, a Hawker Hurricane and a Supermarine Spitfire) is open to the public.
The old "south camp" is now occupied by the Biggin Hill Business Park, Airport Industrial Estate and various private flying clubs. There are further commercial premises, hangars, private flying clubs and a helicopter joy-ride and pilot training centre to the east of the main runway.
The term "airport", rather than airfield, is used to describe the present-day facility because it has a terminal building and customs facilities. It is host to a wide range of private/business jet and turbo-prop aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 737. The main airport apron has recently been enlarged;[when?] the one remaining hangar on the old south camp has been totally re-clad and a planning application has been posted for further hangars on the eastern side.
A model aircraft site operates within its Air Traffic Zone, operating large model aircraft. In 2009 there were sightings of model aircraft traffic and one air proximity report was filed, according to the Airport Consultative Committee in May 2010.
The airport was the venue of the Biggin Hill International Air Fair, an annual airshow that usually took place towards the end of June. The event was first held in 1963 and the airshow was permanently cancelled in 2010, shortly after the 48th event.
Charles Darwin School is the only secondary school in the immediate area.
There are two main primary schools; Oaklands Primary School and Biggin Hill Primary School. On the outskirts of Biggin Hill, there is also Cudham CoE Primary School which is situated near Foal Farm, Tatsfield Primary and Downe Primary in the Downe village.
||New Addington||Leaves Green||Downe|
|Biggin Hill Valley||Berry's Green & Cudham|
Biggin Hill is on the outskirts of the London Borough of Bromley. The A233 road is the only main road that runs through the area, from North to South. Most places surrounded by Biggin Hill are small towns and villages. Biggin Hill's postcode is TN16 and its post town is Westerham (although Westerham itself is located outside Greater London).
Biggin Hill is served by several Transport for London bus services connecting with areas including Bromley, Catford, Downham, Hayes, New Addington, Orpington, Petts Wood, Tatsfield and Westerham. The nearest rail link to Biggin Hill is at Hayes station.
- Census Information Scheme (2012). "2011 Census Ward Population Estimates". Greater London Authority. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- Symons, Vivian (1956). The Moving Church. London: Herbert Jenkins.
- Bob Ogley, The Ghosts of Biggin Hill, 2001, ISBN 978-1-872337-41-8
- Biggin Hill Air Fair
- Biggin Hill Local News, Information and Forum
- Illustrated Review of Biggin Hill International Air Fair 2008
- Illustrated Review of Biggin Hill International Air Fair 2007
- Illustrated Review of Biggin Hill International Air Fair 2006
- Illustrated Review of Biggin Hill International Air Fair 2005
- Illustrated Review of Biggin Hill International Air Fair 2004
- A brief commentary
- A comprehensive history
- Biggin Hill air shows
- The RAF Biggin Hill Mutiny of 1919 on peopleshistory.co.uk
- Charles Darwin School homepage
- Biggin Hill weather, notams & pilot reviews on ukga.com