Kidbrooke

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Kidbrooke
Kidbrooke is located in Greater London
Kidbrooke
Kidbrooke
 Kidbrooke shown within Greater London
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Postcode district SE3, SE9
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Coordinates: 51°27′55″N 0°02′34″E / 51.4652°N 0.0429°E / 51.4652; 0.0429

Kidbrooke is a district of South East London, located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It is located north west of Eltham and 7.4 miles (11.9 km) east south-east of Charing Cross.

The district takes its name from the Kyd Brook, a watercourse which runs from Orpington to Lewisham, by which point it is part of the River Quaggy. It is a tributary to the River Ravensbourne.

Housing[edit]

The area contains a large amount of 1920s and 1930s domestic housing, developed partly as the Kidbrooke Park Estate, between Shooters Hill and Rochester Way.

Kidbrooke was also home to the Ferrier Estate, one of the largest and most deprived council housing developments in London. The housing estate has been demolished and redeveloped as Kidbrooke Village, a development of 4200 homes masterplanned by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.

Features[edit]

Houses and gardens in Kidbrooke, January 1980

Immediately south of the Ferrier Estate is Sutcliffe park which includes a lake, acting as a flood defence, and created by partly releasing the Kyd Brook from concrete conduits underground in which it had run until 2006.

Rochester Way, a road which was built along much of the course of the old country lane Kidbrooke Lane, was intended as a bypass for Shooters Hill to the north. Rochester Way has itself now been bypassed by a dual carriageway – part of the A2 road – built in the 1980s over most of Kidbrooke Green. A small remaining piece of this open land, alongside the road, is now Kidbrooke Green Park, and adjacent to that, a small nature reserve managed by Greenwich Council. The nature reserve is visible, but not open to the public.

Some of the land encroached on by the dual carriageway, adjacent to the railway line serving Kidbrooke railway station, was formerly a Royal Air Force equipment store. Some of the buildings remain, beyond the houses of Nelson Mandela Way, but the site is now little used.[1] The nearby Thomas Tallis School is built on the former site of an RAF aerodrome, formerly a barrage balloon centre.[2] (There are several other military facilities in the general vicinity, which is also close to a surviving base in Woolwich, long home to the Royal Artillery and now to other parts of the British Army.)

Transport links[edit]

The A2 road gives the area rapid access to the London Inner Ring Road, the South Circular Road, London and the M25 London Orbital Motorway.

The area falls within Transport for London's "Zone 3".

Nearest railway stations:


Education[edit]

For more on education in Kidbrooke see the main Royal Borough of Greenwich article.

Primary Schools[edit]

  • Wingfield School
  • Kidbrooke Park
  • Holy Family R.C

Secondary Schools[edit]

Notable inhabitants[edit]

Famous residents have included comedian Jim Davidson, who grew up in Holburne Road; interior designer Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen, who lived in a bungalow on Kidbrooke Park Road until 2004; and singer Sandie Shaw. English West Ham United player Junior Stanislas.[3]

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