Hayes, Bromley

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Not to be confused with Hayes, Hillingdon.
Hayes Street BR2 with the parish church - geograph.org.uk - 43878.jpg
Hayes is located in Greater London
 Hayes shown within Greater London
Population 7,078 
OS grid reference TQ405665
London borough Bromley
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BROMLEY
Postcode district BR2
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Beckenham
London Assembly Bexley and Bromley
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Coordinates: 51°22′41″N 0°01′09″E / 51.378°N 0.0192°E / 51.378; 0.0192

Hayes is a town within Greater London, England within the London Borough of Bromley. It lies south of Bromley.

The ancient village[edit]

The name Hayes is recorded from 1177 as hoese from the Anglo-Saxon meaning "a settlement in open land overgrown with shrubs and rough bushes".[1][2] It formed an ancient, and later civil, parish of Kent of around 1,282 acres (5.19 km2).[3] The village stood at the junction of Hayes Lane, leading north to Bromley (one mile distant), and what is now known as Pickhurst Lane, leading west to West Wickham. The centre of the old village is now called Hayes Street. The village school was here, as is the parish church of St Mary the Virgin. Parts of the church date back to the thirteenth century; however it was subject to heavy restorations by George Gilbert Scott and John Oldrid Scott in the nineteenth century.[4] The public house, also on Hayes Lane, is called "The George". Hayes Street Farm, still shown on modern maps, is to the north of the village centre.

Both William Pitt the Elder, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708–1778), and William Pitt the Younger (1759–1806) lived at Hayes Place.[5] The house was demolished in 1933 and the site redeveloped, but its occupants are remembered in such road names as Chatham and Pittsmead Avenues. Prior to being demolished, Hayes Place was owned by the Hambro family (of Hambros Bank fame) and a couple of roads bear the family names.

Although the parish church of Hayes can trace its history back over 800 years, and local villains joined Jack Cade in his rebellion of 1450, the story of Hayes became significant a little over a century ago, when Hayes became a popular place in which to live because bankers, stockbrokers and those who were "something in the City" bought property in the area.[6]

Between 1801, when the population was just 382, and 1921, it had almost tripled to 1010[7]

The branch railway from Elmers End, originally known as the West Wickham and Hayes Railway, was opened on 29 May 1882.[8] Hayes station is a terminus.

During the second world war an anti-aircraft gun was locally homed on Hayes Common and the Canadian soldiers who manned it were barracked in local homes.[9]

A 3-inch gun crew of 303rd Battery, 99th Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, at Hayes Common in Kent, May 1940. H1387

Today the area contains some small shops, though the local post office closed in 2004 (the nearest is now in the main shopping area near the station). The timbered cottage on the eastern side of Hayes Street was a newsagents called "The Walnut Tree" until 2006 when it reverted to residential use. The former village school is now a second smaller village hall; the local primary school which opened in around 1930 to replace it is in George Lane; in recent years it has expanded in size and now has three forms in each year. It is extremely popular and many of its pupils go on to Hayes School in West Common Road.

Suburban Hayes[edit]

Much of the area to the west and north-west of the original village has been taken over by suburbia. West Wickham and Bromley are completely joined with Hayes; and Coney Hall estate, beyond the Orpington - Croydon road is also part of the pattern. To the east and south, however, the open space of Hayes Common precludes building of any kind.

Station Approach is now the main shopping area in Hayes, containing a Post Office, petrol station, two mini-supermarkets and numerous small shops. It also contains a public house called The New Inn.

The other main shopping area is Hayes Street in the old village, otherwise known as 'Old Hayes'. It consists of a public house called "The George", a mini-market, several hairdressers, a cycle shop and two off-licences.

There is a group called Hayes Village Association (HVA) which meet regularly to inform people about local issues. They regularly liaise with Bromley Council on planning matters and they give a voice to residents and businesses on a variety of issues. HVA produce a quarterly magazine with local interest articles and events, as well as details of businesses in the locality.

Sports and leisure[edit]

There are numerous playing fields and sports grounds around the periphery of Hayes: such as the Metropolitan Sports Ground at the Warren. It is also home, since 1927, to the world famous Blackheath Harriers Athletics Club (now Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletic Club) at their clubhouse The Sydney Wooderson Centre.

  • Hayes Cricket Club[10]
  • Beccehamians RFC a Rugby Union Club founded in 1933 plays competitive rugby at Sparrows Den at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill near West Wickham.[11]
  • Hayes Cricket Club[12]
  • Bromley RFC a Rugby union club started in 1886 and moved to Hayes Village in 1956.[13][14]
  • Norman Park Athletics Track - one of the main athletics tracks in Bromley [15]
  • Bromley F.C. - A football club based at the Courage Stadium
  • Hayes (Lawn) Tennis club - [16]
  • Old Wilsonians Sports Club [17] (on fields formerly known as Hayes Hill Sports Ground)

Arts and culture[edit]



Seven Transport for London buses run through Hayes:
119 (24hr bus) - Croydon (The Colonnades) to Bromley North via Hayes, Shirley, East Croydon station (for Gatwick Airport) and Tramlink, Sandilands Tramlink and Lebanon Road Tramlink stops;
138 - Coney Hall to Bromley North railway station;
146 - Downe to Bromley North via Hayes Farm and Keston;
246 - Westerham to Bromley North;
314 - New Addington to Eltham via Addington Village Tramlink and Bromley Town Centre;
353 - Ramsden Estate (Orpington) to Forestdale in Croydon via Keston and Hayes;
638 - A school bus running from Coney Hall to Kemnal Technology College in Sidcup via Bromley, Grove Park, Mottingham and Chislehurst.


Hayes Rail Station provides good links to the rest of South East London and The City, being the terminus of the Southeastern Hayes Line. Regular services from the station terminate at either Charing Cross or Cannon Street via Elmers End (Tesco Superstore and Tramlink), Lewisham (DLR), New Cross (Overground) and London Bridge (River).


Green Spaces[edit]

  • Hayes Common - a 79-Hectare area of public open land
  • Husseywell Park - [24]
  • Coney Hall Recreation Ground [25]
  • Pickhurst Park
  • The Knoll - an Ornamental Ground of four and a half hectares with lakes and specimen forest trees[26]


  1. ^ Hayes Common, London Gardens Online
  2. ^ http://www.wikikent.co.uk/history-of-Hayes-Kent.shtml
  3. ^ Vision of Britain - Hayes parish (historic boundaries)
  4. ^ Cherry, Bridget; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1990) [1983]. London 2: South. The Buildings of England. Penguin Books. p. 187. ISBN 0-14-071047-7. 
  5. ^ Hayes Place was at grid reference TQ404663 and is described on this page
  6. ^ http://www.mpthewarren.com/about-us/history/
  7. ^ Hayes, Kent - Maps and Tithe award schedules -KENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
  8. ^ http://edithsstreets.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/thames-tributary-bourne-flowing-to.html
  9. ^ http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/hayes/branch-information/history
  10. ^ http://www.hayescricket.com/location/
  11. ^ Beccehamians RFC
  12. ^ http://www.hayescricket.com/
  13. ^ http://www.alondondir.com/UK_London/UK_And_Bromley/_Bromley_Recreation_and_Sports/160000-16751.html
  14. ^ http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/bromleyrfc/
  15. ^ http://www.openplay.co.uk/view/538/norman-park-athletics-track/
  16. ^ http://www.hayeskenttennis.org.uk/
  17. ^ http://oldwilsonians.com/about/
  18. ^ http://www.hayeschoir.com/
  19. ^ http://allegrisingers.org.uk/
  20. ^ http://www.hayesplayers.org.uk/
  21. ^ http://www.hayes-pri.bromley.sch.uk/346/our-school-history
  22. ^ http://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/schools/106651/hayes-primary-school
  23. ^ http://www.education.gov.uk/edubase/establishment/summary.xhtml?urn=136920
  24. ^ http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=BRO043
  25. ^ http://www.bromley.gov.uk/directory_record/1074475/coney_hall_recreation_ground
  26. ^ http://www.kidsfunlondon.co.uk/kids-london/park/the-knoll.html

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