St Paul's Cray

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St Paul's Cray
St Paul's Cray is located in Greater London
St Paul's Cray
St Paul's Cray
 St Paul's Cray shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ466688
London borough Bromley
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BR5
Dialling code 01689
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Orpington
London Assembly Bexley and Bromley
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Coordinates: 51°23′59″N 0°06′24″E / 51.3998°N 0.1067°E / 51.3998; 0.1067

St Paul's Cray is an area of South East London and is a part of the London Borough of Bromley. It borders the London Borough of Bexley. It is located south of Sidcup and north of Orpington.

The Area[edit]

The town includes a small parade of shops, as well as part of the industrial estate on Cray Avenue that connects to its sister St Mary Cray. The former Broomwood pub is now a McDonald's and lies on the main road. Like St Mary Cray, St Paul's Cray is home to a large ex-traveller community as well as many descendants of Irish travellers who moved south from Bermondsey after the docks shut. The local football team, Cray Wanderers F.C., is one of the oldest football clubs in the world.[1] Cray Wanderers are set to return to the area by 2014, at Sandy Lane.


The area was known in the 16th century as Paul Crey. William Camden born in 1551 writes in a 1610 travel guide in a section on Kent: "Here the riverlet Crey, anciently called Crecan , intermingleth it selfe with Darent, ? when in his short course he hath imparted his name to five townlets which hee watereth,as Saint Marie Crey, Pauls Crey, Votes-Crey, North Crey,? and Crey-ford in former ages Crecanford, where Hengest the Saxon, the eighth yeare after his arrivall, joyned battaile with the Britans, and after hee had slaine their captaines brought them under with so great a slaughter that afterwards hee never stood in feare of them, but established his kingdome quietly in Kent." [2]

Nearby Places[edit]


St Pauls Cray is served by Transport for London bus routes 51 to Woolwich via Sidcup and to Orpington, 273 to Lewisham via Grove Park and to Petts Wood, B14 to Bexleyheath via Sidcup and to Orpington, R1 to Green Street Green, and R11 to Sidcup and Green Street Green. The nearest rail link to St Paul's Cray is at St Mary Cray station.


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  2. ^ Britain, or, a Chorographicall Description of the most flourishing Kingdomes, England, Scotland, and Ireland by William Camden, 1610