|Population||14,507 (2011 Census. Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom Ward)|
|OS grid reference|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Chelsfield is a large village in South East London, England within the London Borough of Bromley. It is located south east of Orpington, near London's county border with Kent. It is within the historic boundaries of Kent but has been administered as part of London since 1965.
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, an allotment and playing fields used by the local cricket club and the site of the annual Village Summer Fair. In the 50s the village fielded a football team of sorts, and in the early 60s a ladies hockey team had a pitch next to the village hall. This latter lasted but a couple of seasons. On one corner of the field there was also two tennis courts but unused, they 'disappeared' late in the 60s. There is a pub, the Five Bells, and the church Parish Rooms sited next to the 'new' (70s?) Rectory in Skibbs Lane. There are no shops at all. Neal's Store - a grocer cum ironmonger - closed in the early 60s. The post office, latterly run by Mrs Lambert, closed at a later date. The privately operated Chelsfield Park Hospital is situated on the outskirts of the village, in extensive grounds. The house had a magnificent sweeping staircase going up in the entrance hall. Post-war (WWII) 'Chelsfield House' was used as a 'reception centre' (??) for families awaiting a council house. Certainly, one family moved from here to a council house at Kilnfields, in Hollybush Lane. The 70s map shows Orlestone Gardens next to the village school, and this is the site of the 'old' rectory, and its large rambling gardens which shared a fence with the school playground. In 1962 the gardens were overgrown and neglected, sporting several decaying beehives - and soon after, the 'new' rectory was built in Skibbs Lane.
New Chelsfield, has a wide variety of shops along Windsor Drive ranging from a funeral directors and dentist 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.
Local Government Elections
|Liberal Democrat||Gerda Loosemore-Reppen||674||5.0|
|Liberal Democrat||John Bray||620||4.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Jonathan Webber||434||3.2|
Chelsfield Station connects the area with National Rail services northbound to London Charing Cross via Orpington and Lewisham and southbound to Sevenoaks. Connections can be made at Orpington for London Victoria via Bromley South and Brixton, and at Sevenoaks for Hastings via Tunbridge Wells and to Ramsgate via Ashford International and Canterbury West.
Chelsfield is served by the Transport For London bus route R1 to St Paul's Cray via Orpington and to Green Street Green and the R7 to Chislehurst via Orpington. Connections can be made at Orpington for buses to Beckenham, Bexleyheath, Bluewater, Bromley, Catford, Crystal Palace, Dartford, Lewisham, Sidcup, Swanley and Woolwich.
- Brass Crosby 18th Century parliamentarian and one-time Lord Mayor of London
- Edith Nesbit Late 19th / Early 20th Century author
- Michael Oakeshott, English philosopher and political theorist
- 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
- "Bromley Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
- Mills, A., Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names, (2001)
- Vision of Britain - Chelsfield parish (historic boundaries Archived 1 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.)
- Vision of Britain - Orpington parish Archived 11 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.