Chelsfield shown within Greater London
|OS grid reference|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|London Assembly||Bexley and Bromley|
It formed an ancient parish, and later civil parish of 3,378 acres (14 km2), in Kent. It was part of the Bromley Rural District from 1894. The parish included Green Street Green and Pratt's Bottom and stretched as far as Cudham and Orpington. The parish was abolished in 1934 and its former area became part of the Orpington parish and urban district. In 1965 it was transferred to Greater London, to form part of the London Borough of Bromley.
In practice, Chelsfield is split into two very distinct areas; the historic Chelsfield Village sited to the East of the main Orpington bypass (the A224) and the area New Chelsfield which grew up in the first half of the 20th century after the sale of some of the Waring family estates. Although only about 1 mile (1.6 km) apart from each other, they are very different in nature.
Chelsfield Village has a primary school, a playground, a village hall and playing fields used by the local cricket club. There is a pub, the Five Bells, and the church Parish Rooms sited next to the Rectory in Skibbs Lane. There are no shops at all. The privately operated Chelsfield Park Hospital, housed in the former rectory, is situated on the outskirts of the village.
New Chelsfield, has a wide variety of shops along Windsor Drive ranging from a funeral directors and a car spares shop to hairdressers, grocery stores, a betting shop, a fish & chip takeaway and an Indian restaurant. There is also a pub, The Chelsfield (also previously known as The Heavy Horse). Windsor Drive also has the Chelsfield Community Centre, a Baptist church and GP's surgery.
Chelsfield station serves the area with rail services to London Charing Cross via Grove Park and to Sevenoaks. Chelsfield is served by two Transport for London bus services, the R1 with services to St Pauls Cray via Orpington and to Green Street Green, also the R3 with services to Locksbottom via Petts Wood and Orpington.
- Brass Crosby 18th Century parliamentarian and one-time Lord Mayor of London
- Edith. Nesbit Late 19th / Early 20th Century author
- Dora Jessie Saint, better known by her pseudonym of Miss Read. 20th Century author.
- Pratt's Bottom
- Green Street Green
- St Mary Cray
- St Pauls Cray
- Petts Wood
- Foots Cray
- http://www.chelsfieldhistory.org.uk/index.htm# Chelsfield Community Archive
- http://meadinkent.co.uk/chelsfieldevents/ Chelsfield Village Events
- http://www.stmartinchelsfield.org.uk/about.html St Martins of Tours Church, Chelsfield
- http://www.thefivebells-chelsfieldvillage.co.uk/ Five Bells Pub, Chelsfield Village
- http://www.gladewoodtaverns.co.uk/chelsfield_orpington.html The Chelsfield Pub