East Wickham

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East Wickham
East Wickham Open Space, near Welling (geograph 6211991).jpg
East Wickham Open Space
East Wickham is located in Greater London
East Wickham
East Wickham
Location within Greater London
Area0.83 sq mi (2.1 km2)
Population10,858 (2011 Census)[1]
• Density13,082/sq mi (5,051/km2)
OS grid referenceTQ455765
• Charing Cross10.5 mi (16.9 km) WNW
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWELLING
Postcode districtDA16, SE18
PoliceMetropolitan
FireLondon
AmbulanceLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
UK
England
London
51°28′08″N 0°05′46″E / 51.469°N 0.096°E / 51.469; 0.096Coordinates: 51°28′08″N 0°05′46″E / 51.469°N 0.096°E / 51.469; 0.096

East Wickham is a district in the London Borough of Bexley, located in the historic county of Kent. It located south of Abbey Wood, west of West Heath, north of Welling and east of Plumstead.

History[edit]

The name is thought to be a corruption of the Latin 'vicus', indicating a Roman settlement along Watling Street, with the place name 'Estwycham' first being recorded in 1284.[2] The 'east' was added to differentiate it from West Wickham, situated some distance away to the south-west.[2]

The larger settlement of Welling originally formed part of the ancient manor of East Wickham, which was centred on St Michael's Church, Upper Wickham Lane, built in the 13th century.[2] In the Domesday Book (1086) East Wickham was included as part of the return for Plumstead and the church was originally a chapel of St Nicholas’ Church in Plumstead, within the Little and Lesnes Hundred.[3] It became a civil parish in its own right in 1854 and formed part of Dartford Rural District from 1894. It ceased to be a civil parish and was absorbed by the Bexley Urban District on 1 October 1902.[4] The area was largely rural in character until the early 20th century, with large scale house building beginning in the area from 1916 onwards.[2]

Transport[edit]

Several Transport for London bus services connect East Wickham with areas including Welling, Eltham, Bexleyheath, Plumstead, Woolwich, Abbey Wood, North Greenwich, Thamesmead and Dartford. The nearest rail link to the area is Welling railway station.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics. "Check Browser Settings". Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Willey, Russ. Chambers London Gazetteer, p 156
  3. ^ "East Wickham | The Environs of London: volume 4 (pp. 546-549)". British-history.ac.uk. 22 June 2003. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  4. ^ "East Wickham CP/Ch through time | Census tables with data for the Parish-level Unit". Visionofbritain.org.uk. 1 October 1902. Retrieved 25 August 2014.