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Chelsfield is located in Greater London
 Chelsfield shown within Greater London
Population 14,507 (2011 Census. Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom Ward)[1]
OS grid reference TQ482642
London borough Bromley
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BR6
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°21′29″N 0°07′40″E / 51.358155°N 0.127800°E / 51.358155; 0.127800

Chelsfield is a large village in Greater London, England within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south east of Orpington, near London's county border with the Kent Sevenoaks District. .


The name is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Cillesfelle, meaning land of a man called Cēol.[2]

It formed an ancient parish, and later civil parish of 3,378 acres (14 km2), in Kent.[3] It was part of the Bromley Rural District from 1894.[3] The parish included Green Street Green and Pratt's Bottom and stretched as far as Cudham and Orpington.[3] The parish was abolished in 1934 and its former area became part of the Orpington parish and urban district.[4] In 1965 it was transferred to Greater London, to form part of the London Borough of Bromley.[4]


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.

The A224, known here as Court Road, now separates the historic village from its Anglican church which is dedicated to St Martin of Tours and which dates back, in parts, to the 12th Century.[5]


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.

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  1. ^ "Bromley Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Mills, A., Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names, (2001)
  3. ^ a b c Vision of Britain - Chelsfield parish (historic boundaries)
  4. ^ a b Vision of Britain - Orpington parish
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