The Hollies, Sidcup.
Sidcup shown within Greater London
|OS grid reference|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||DA14, DA15|
|UK Parliament||Old Bexley & Sidcup|
|London Assembly||Bexley and Bromley|
Sidcup has a mixture of large Victorian and Edwardian properties alongside typical 1930s suburbia, primarily owner occupied semi-detached and detached housing. It retains many parks and open spaces hinting at the great estates and large homes which once stood in the area.
The town contains a major hospital, a recently opened sports and leisure centre, as well as two colleges (Bird College and Rose Bruford College) and a symphony orchestra. The town centre has a mix of high street stores, independent shops, a modern library, coffee shops, several pubs and two supermarkets, Morrisons near the high street and Tesco on the outskirts in Foots Cray. Sidcup contains a number of districts, some of them once villages in their own right - Blackfen, Foots Cray, Longlands, and Lamorbey.
The name is thought to be derived from Cetecopp meaning "seat shaped or flat topped hill"; it had its earliest recorded use in 1254. Sidcup originated as a tiny hamlet on the road from London to Maidstone.
A number of manor houses (converted to other uses) remain. They include Frognal House, the birthplace and residence of Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney, after whom Sydney, Australia was named (now converted for use as residential and nursing accommodation), Lamorbey House (now used by Rose Bruford College), Sidcup Place (now a Brewers Fayre bar and restaurant) and "The Hollies" (now converted for residential use).
Sidcup parish formed the Sidcup Urban District of Kent from 1908. It was initially known as Foots Cray; however, in 1921 the urban district, and in 1925 the parish, were renamed Sidcup. The parish and district were abolished in 1934 and combined with Chislehurst to form the Chislehurst and Sidcup civil parish and urban district. In 1965 the parish and urban district were abolished. Sidcup went on to form part of the London Borough of Bexley in Greater London and Chislehurst formed part of the London Borough of Bromley.
Sidcup is mentioned in two famous plays and their film adaptations, Noël Coward's Relative Values and Harold Pinter's The Caretaker, and it was the location of the 2004 Dasani scandal. It was also mentioned in early episodes of the BBC-1 comedy series Porridge by prison inmate "Heslop" played by Brian Glover.
It is also reputed that it was on the platform of Sidcup railway station that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had a conversation about music, an event that eventually led to the forming of The Rolling Stones in 1962. Other connections of Sidcup to the world of entertainment and show business include the Rose Bruford College of drama and Bird College, both of which have many well known and famous alumni; regular large-scale concerts are given by Sidcup Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Ross, which also serves the wider South East London area.
Transport and locale
Sidcup is in London Zone 5 and is served by several services operated by Southeastern. Those are services to London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street as part of a loop service operating via both Lewisham and Woolwich Arsenal, and a service to Gravesend.
Sidcup is served by a number of bus services operated for Transport for London.
- 51 - Woolwich and Orpington Station
- 160 - Catford and Sidcup Station
- 229 - Thamesmead and Sidcup Queen Mary's Hospital
- 233 - Eltham Station and Swanley
- 269 - Bromley North and Bexleyheath Shopping Centre
- 286 - Greenwich Cutty Sark and Sidcup Queen Mary's Hospital
- 321 - New Cross Gate and Foots Cray Tesco
- 492 - Sidcup Station and Bluewater
- B14 - Bexleyheath Shopping Centre and Orpington Station
- R11 - Sidcup Queen Mary's Hospital and Green Street Green
||Longlands||Avery Hill and Blackfen||Albany Park|
|New Eltham||North Cray|
|Chislehurst||St Paul's Cray||Foots Cray|
Other nearby areas
Sport and leisure
Sidcup Sports Cub in Sydney Road, home to Sidcup Rugby Club grounds, Sidcup Cricket Club grounds and practice nets, Tennis Courts and coaching, Martial Arts, Slimming World, gym, changing room, showers, function room, bar, free parking in large on site car park.
- For education in Sidcup see the main London Borough of Bexley article
- Adult Education College Bexley - (sites at Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Alma Road, Sidcup and Erith High Street)
- Bexley College
- Bromley College
- Coopers Technology College
- Greenwich Community College
- Hadlow College
- Wilmington Academy
- Bird College, which provides pre-vocational music and dance services on behalf of the London Borough of Bexley
- Christ the King: St Mary's (RC) Sixth Form College (formerly St Luke's College)
- Rose Bruford College
- Benedict House Preparatory School (Independent)
- Birkbeck Primary School
- Burnt Oak Junior School
- Days Lane Primary School
- Holy Trinity Lamorbey CofE (VA) Primary School
- Hurst Primary School
- Longlands Primary School
- Merton Court Preparatory School (Independent)
- Orchard Primary School
- Royal Park Primary School
- West Lodge Primary School (Independent)
Places of worship
- All Saints Church, Rectory Lane
- Avery Hill Christian Fellowship, Southspring
- Christchurch, Main Road
- Churches Together in Sidcup
- Days Lane Baptist Church, Days Lane
- Emmanuel Church, Hadlow Road
- Foots Cray Baptist Church, Sidcup Hill
- Holy Redeemer Church, Days Lane
- Holy Trinity Church, Hurst Road
- New Community Church, Station Road
- New Generation Church, New Generation Centre, Birkbeck Road
- Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Burnt Oak Lane
- Redeemed Christian Church of God-Victory Assembly, Footscray Road
- St Andrew's Church, Maylands Drive
- St James Church, North Cray Road
- St John's Church, Church Road
- St Lawrence's Church, Hamilton Road
- Sidcup Baptist Church, Main Road
(in alphabetical order)
- Michele Austin — actress, schooled in Sidcup.
- Steve Backley — Olympic sportsman, born in Sidcup.
- Doreen Bird — dance teacher, lived in Sidcup and established college.
- Quentin Blake — illustrator, artist, born in Sidcup.
- Garry Bushell — journalist, lives in Sidcup.
- George Albert Cairns — winner of the last Victoria Cross of World War II, worked in Sidcup.
- Ben Chorley — footballer, born in Sidcup.
- Charlie Clements — actor, born in Sidcup.
- Steve Clement-Large — artist, grew up in Sidcup - now resident in Plymouth. Creator of "Argyle Man".
- Jason Crowe — footballer, born in Sidcup.
- Ian Davenport — artist, born in Sidcup.
- Martin Evans — musician, former drummer of American Indie Pop band Milton and the Devils Party, born and raised in Sidcup.
- Ashley Glazebrook — dancer, part of Twist and Pulse.
- Steve Hillier — musician, schooled in Sidcup.
- Will Hutton — economist, schooled in Sidcup.
- Alfred Garth Jones — illustrator died in Sidcup in 1955.
- John Paul Jones — bass guitarist of Led Zeppelin, born in Sidcup.
- Rob Knox — actor, murdered in Sidcup.
- Ivan Magill — innovative anaesthetist, worked in Sidcup.
- Clive Mendonca — footballer for Charlton Athletic, lived in Sidcup
- Lee Murray — former kickboxer and mixed martial arts champion, wanted for Securitas depot robbery, lived in Sidcup.
- Emma Noble — glamour model, born in Sidcup.
- Bob Powel — former Radio London disc-jockey, journalist, lives in Sidcup.
- Mike Rann — Premier of South Australia, politician, born in Sidcup, lived in Blackfen prior to emigrating to New Zealand with his parents.
- John Regis — Olympic athlete, lived in Sidcup.
- Keith Richards — guitarist Rolling Stones, attended college in Sidcup
- Wayne Routledge — footballer, born in Sidcup.
- Ethel Smyth — composer and Suffragette, born in Sidcup.
- Jim Staples — International Rugby Union captain, educated in Sidcup.
- John Styles — Has the reputation of being Britain's leading authority and exponent of Punch & Judy.
- Dick Taylor — founder member of The Pretty Things and early bass guitarist in the Rolling Stones, schooled in Sidcup.
- Philip Thomas — record producer, musician, educated in Sidcup.
- John Topham — photographed daily life around Sidcup from 1931 - 1973.
- Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney — died in Sidcup.
- Mark Ricketts — footballer, born & raised in Sidcup
- Gordon Watson — former Sheffield Wednesday footballer, born in Sidcup.
- Elizabeth Wiskemann — journalist, born in Sidcup.
- Doug Wright — cricketer, born in Sidcup.
- "Sidcup Symphony Orchestra".
- Anthony David Mills (2001). Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280106-6.
- Vision of Britain "Foots Cray UD". A Vision of Britain through Time.
- Vision of Britain "Sidcup CP/AP". A Vision of Britain through Time.
- "Anniversary of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Dartford meeting". BBC News Kent. 17 October 2011.
- "Steve Clement-large".
- "Knocker-up armed with a pea shooter". EDP24 (Eastern Daily Press online). 5 August 2009.