Sundridge, Kent

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Sundridge is a village within the civil parish of Sundridge with Ide Hill, in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England. The village is located on the A25 road to the east of Westerham. Its church is Anglican and dedicated to St Mary.[1]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Beilby Porteus (1731–1809), Bishop of London and leading abolitionist, who spent several weeks in the autumn of each year at his small country home at Bishop's Court, Sundridge.[4] He died at Fulham Palace and was buried at St. Mary's Church, where his tomb lies in the churchyard.

Sundridge Aerodrome[edit]

Around 1910 an aerodrome with a three-bay timber-framed corrugated-iron clad hangar was opened north of Chevening Road, 51°16′55″N 0°07′40″E / 51.2820°N 0.1277°E / 51.2820; 0.1277, by Polish Prince Serge de Bolotoff, a sales representative for Albatros Flugzeugwerke, Berlin, who had gained experience of aircraft design at the Voisin works, Billancourt, France and at Brooklands in Surrey. He set up a small aircraft factory at Sundridge Aerodrome shortly before World War One in the three-bay hangar. A two-seat De Bolotoff SDEB 14 biplane was built there and registered to the de Bolotoff and Company in August 1919. Around 1927 the factory building became a bus depot, but during World War II they reverted to military use by the Royal Air Force, providing storage and salvage facilities for crash-damaged aircraft. The aerodrome closed in 1945 but the hangar survives today in commercial use; it is believed to be the oldest aircraft hangar in the country and was designated as a Grade II listed building in 1988.[5][6]

Nearest Settlements[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Collins, Mark. "Patron Saints List for the Roughwood Churches Album". Roughwood web site. Mark Collins. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ Margaret King, Ill Fares the Land; A Social History of the Village of Sundridge from 1719-1826 (Sundridge: Friends of St. Mary's Church, 2008), 71.
  3. ^ Ibid.
  4. ^ King, Ill Fares the Land, 57.
  5. ^ Woodhead, Lindy (2008). Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge. Profile Books. pp. 147–8. ISBN 978-1-86197-169-2.  De Bolotoff married Rosalie Selfridge, daughter of London store owner Harry Selfridge, in 1918.
  6. ^ "3 Aircraft Hangars to Former Sundridge Aerodrome at Coombe Bank Farm". The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 27 April 1988. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Sundridge, Kent at Wikimedia Commons


Coordinates: 51°16′N 0°08′E / 51.267°N 0.133°E / 51.267; 0.133