Locksbottom

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Locksbottom
Locksbottom sign.jpg
Locksbottom is located in Greater London
Locksbottom
Locksbottom
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ435655
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townORPINGTON
Postcode districtBR6
Dialling code01689
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UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
UK
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51°22′15″N 0°03′39″E / 51.3708°N 0.0608°E / 51.3708; 0.0608Coordinates: 51°22′15″N 0°03′39″E / 51.3708°N 0.0608°E / 51.3708; 0.0608

Locksbottom is a suburb of south-east London within the London Borough of Bromley and the historic county of Kent. It is located south of Bromley Common, west of Crofton, north-west of Farnborough, and east of Keston.

History[edit]

The area is named after the Lock family, who owned land here in the 1700s.[1] A workhouse was built here in March 1845, though by the 1920s it had been converted into an infirmary known as Farnborough Hospital.[1] The interwar years saw suburban development and the area merged into Orpington in the east.[1] In 2003 the hospital was developed and renamed Princess Royal University Hospital and is now one of the major hospitals in this part of London.[1][2]

Amenities[edit]

Locksbottom is centred on a parade of shops on the western end of Crofton Road, running from the junction with Farnborough Common to Tugmutton Common. To the west lies Keston Park and to the north Farnborough Park, both of which are exclusive gated communities.[1] The major building in the area is a large Sainsbury's which backs onto the hospital. There are also three pubs in the area - the Black Horse, the British Queen, and Ye Olde Whyte Lion.[3]

Transport[edit]

Rail[edit]

The nearest National Rail station to Locksbottom is Orpington station, located 1.8 miles away.

Buses[edit]

Locksbottom is served by London Buses routes 61, 261, 336, 353, 358, R2, R3 & R4. These connect it with areas including Biggin Hill, Beckenham, Bromley, Catford, Chislehurst, Crystal Palace, Grove Park, Hayes, Lewisham, Orpington & Penge.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Willey, Russ (2006). The London Gazetteer. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. p. 299.
  2. ^ "Farnborough Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Ye Olde Whyte Lion". Beer in the Evening. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Farnborough – St Michael and All Angels". Taking Stock. Retrieved 12 September 2020.