Bexley is a town in South East London, England in the London Borough of Bexley. It is located on the banks of the River Cray south of the Roman Road, Watling Street and is near the border of Greater London with Kent. There are two parts to the town – Old Bexley, still with the appearance of a village (and often referred to locally as "Bexley Village"), and more recent suburban sprawl that blends into the surroundings (which include Albany Park, Lamorbey, Bladindon, Blendon, and Bexleyheath). It is the suburban area that is now the main town centre of the borough, rather than Old Bexley. Bexley's Old Heath between Welling and Crayford now contains the council's main administrative offices and council chamber as well as suburban housing. The High Street is 12.76 miles from Charing Cross.
The main landmark in Bexley is the Anglican St. Mary's Church which gives its name to the London Borough of Bexley electoral ward containing the village. The church's most distinctive feature is probably the unusual spire which resembles an octagonal cone balanced precariously on top of a truncated pyramid.
Hall Place is a former stately home, beside the River Cray on the Bourne Road out of Bexley towards Crayford. It lies to the north of Bexley at the foot of the road (Gravel Hill) up onto Bexley Heath (now covered in the modern day town of Bexleyheath). The house is unusual in that its two halves are built in highly contrasting architectural styles with little attempt at harmonizing them. 
The house and grounds are now owned by the London Borough of Bexley, and are open to the public. The gardens include a topiary display of traditional heraldic figures. Three walking routes pass Hall Place, the local council-sponsored Shuttle River Way and Cray River Way and the Mayor of London's "London LOOP" walk, which, shortly after its start at Erith, follows the Cray River Way from Crayford to Foots Cray.
One of London's finest architectural families in the 19th century came from Bexley: the Shaws. John Shaw (1776–1832) worked on Lamorbey Park and was a well known architect in Kent and London, being one of the first designers of semi-detached housing in the capital. He is buried at St. Mary's Church; his son, John Shaw Jr, lived in nearby Crayford for a short time and owned a villa which was demolished in the early 20th century.
Red House the only house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts movement, Red House is a building of extraordinary architectural and social significance. When it was completed in 1860, it was described by Edward Burne-Jones as 'the beautifullest place on earth'. The house has been acquired by the National Trust and is open to the public, the house is not fully furnished, but the original features and furniture by Morris and Philip Webb, stained glass and paintings by Burne-Jones, the bold architecture and a garden designed to 'clothe the house are still available to view.
Bexley was an ancient parish of Kent, in the Diocese of Rochester, and under the Local Government Act 1894 formed part of Bexley 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. Bexley Municipal Borough, Erith Municipal Borough, Crayford Urban District Council and Chislehurst & Sidcup Urban District Council were merged (less areas of Chislehurst and Sidcup that became part of the new London Borough of Bromley) into a new London Borough of Bexley.
- For education in Bexley see the main London Borough of Bexley article
Local schools include Beths Grammar School – formerly the Bexley & Erith Technical High School, Hurst Primary School & Old Bexley C of E Primary School.
The following Schools have an 11+ selection test:
- Bexley Grammar School
- Beths Grammar School
- Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
- Townley Grammar School
Dance and Drama Schools:
- Liz Burville Performing Arts Centre
- All The Arts
- Bexley Community Library, Bourne Road
Sport and leisure
- Old Dartfordians' War Memorial clubhouse, Bourne Road (home to the DA5 Club)
- Bexley Cricket Club are based at Manor Way
- Burnt Ash (Bexley) Hockey Club are also based at Manor Way, and play their home matches here, at Hurstmere School or at Erith School.
Churches of interest
- Albany Park Baptist Church, Stansted Crescent
- St. John the Evangelist, Parkhill Road
- St John Fisher Roman Catholic Church, Thanet Road
- Strict Baptist Chapel, Bourne Road
- United Reformed Church, Hurst Road
- Our Lady of Angels
Transport and locale
Nearest railway stations
- 132 – Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and North Greenwich
- 229 – Thamesmead town centre and Sidcup Queen Mary's Hospital
- 269 – Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and Bromley North station
- 492 – Sidcup Station and Bluewater Shopping Centre
- B12 – Joydens Wood and Erith
Also two school routes pass through the village including:
- London Buses route 602 – Thamesmead town centre and townley grammar
- London Buses route 669 – Thamesmead town centre and Cleeve Park School in Albany Park
Also a night route passes through the village:
- "Hall Place and Gardens". Bexley.gov.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
- "Bexley Community Library". Retrieved 2013-03-19.
- "Burnt Ash (Bexley) Hockey Club". Retrieved 2013-03-16.
- "Borough of Bexley: Churches of Interest". Bexley.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
- "St. Mary the Virgin Church, Manor Road". Stmarysbexley.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
- "Albany Park Baptist Church". Retrieved 2013-03-19.
- "St. John the Evangelist". Retrieved 2013-03-19.
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- Bexley Council archives
- Bexley communities websites
- Bexley Council for Voluntary Youth Organisations (BCVYO) website
- Finale of the opening night of the DA5 Club, 26th February 2010
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